What is kosher?

Kosher is an English adaptation of the Hebrew word Ka-sher which means fit, proper, or acceptable. Kosher generally refers to food – both raw and processed – that conforms to the dietary requirements of Jewish Law.

The source for the Jewish Law that discusses kosher originates in the Bible and is explained with great detail in the oral law (Talmud). Although these laws originated thousands of years ago, they continue to be studied and discussed by Jewish law decisors today. The ancient dietary laws are applicable to ever-changing situations in the present.

For a product to be considered kosher there are a number of concerns that can be subsumed under two categories – ingredients and utensils. A kosher certifying agency needs to analyze the product’s ingredients, their source, and the status of the production equipment. For example, an all-natural energy bar may consist primarily of kosher ingredients, but every ingredient, and even sub-ingredients, need to be kosher as well. Therefore, even if one ingredient of the energy bar has a non-kosher coating or other non-kosher component, the kosher status of the energy bar is compromised.

Additionally, as we mentioned before, equipment used in food processing must also be ‘fit’  and ‘acceptable’ for kosher food production. Non-kosher equipment usually can be restored to a kosher state depending on how the equipment processed non-kosher items. This process is known as ka-shering.

Buckeye Kosher takes the necessary steps to provide and maintain your product’s kosher quality. Find out more about this process on our ‘How to get certified’ page.