sgoman5674 wrote:I like jerky. Anyone know if they are kosher?
I'm new on wine.woot. But if you actually keep kosher, you surely already know the answer to these questions. If you decided to do it for fun and are new at keeping kosher, let me help you out.
Meat which is not advertized as kosher IS ALMOST CERTAINLY NOT KOSHER. It is much more expensive and difficult to be able to provide kosher meat -- the animal needs to be killed in a certain way by a person certified in kosher animal slaughter. On top of that, all of the blood needs to be removed from the animal as the blood from any living creature (I think kosher cow zombies are excluded) is never kosher. This is difficult, expensive, and actually hurts the flavor.
Now that a company has gone through all this expense, do you think they won't advertize it? Perhaps rhetorical questions aren't for you. The answer: THEY WOULD.
As for wine: making wine kosher is also very expensive and difficult. It is an obsolete tradition that was a response to how wine was made thousands of years ago by various polytheistic peoples who would pour out some of their wine as a libation to their favorite deity of the week (don't take this literally, sometimes there was a deity libation-off on very special Tuesdays). Even though almost all wine you find nowadays is made by Christians (or agnostics/atheists) who obviously don't do this anymore, for a wine to be kosher, it must be made by Jews to ensure that none of the wine is used in a religious ceremony for a pagan god before being sold to a Jew. Oh yeah, and it has to be boiled. But the way that's done now, as I understand it, is the wine is fed quickly through a glass tube which has a flame under it at one point. This way the wine isn't actually boiled for a long time, and the flavor isn't very much affected.
If you really want to know this stuff in more detail and aren't simply trying to get more and more Zardoz (1974) "Quality Posts", you can go to the Orthodox Union website (www.ou.org). Star K, another kashruth certifier, has a lot of useful information for the kosher-Parve n00bcake as well.
And, of course, there's wikipedia:
Hope this helps,
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