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“I’m not really a practising Jew but I keep a kosher kitchen just to spite Hitler”*…

Kosher pizza cheese

We’re in the midst of Passover (Chag Pesach sameach!), a marvelous time to muse on the way in which kosher food has become important to non-observers…

While there are about 6 million Jews in the United States, according to World Population Review, [executive manager of certification organization OK Kosher, Rabbi Eli] Lando said Jewish people represent only 20% of the kosher product consumer base. By and large, consumers see a kosher certification as a verification that a product is healthy, clean and safe. And while the certification has roots in religious traditions that are thousands of years old, it now speaks directly to the modern consumer’s demand for wholesome foods…

Every day of the year, however, kosher is a hot market, period. Research in 2017 by Kosher Network International — commonly abbreviated KNi — found that the global market for kosher foods was worth $24 billion, and was projected to grow 11.5% by 2025. OK Kosher, which is one of the largest kosher certification organizations in the world, has certified around 700,000 products made by 4,000 manufacturers, Lando said. Its clients include Kraft Heinz, Kellogg and General Mills.

Kosher is one of the most popular certifications in the food industry today. According to one commonly cited estimate,the certification is on about 40% of all products in a U.S. grocery store.

“Everyone sees it almost as a necessary point of entry to the market to have this certification,” said Jamie Geller, founder of KNi…

While the “K” seal signifies that items meet Jewish dietary laws, it increasingly represents purity, good practices, and trustworthiness to non-observant consumers: “The ‘silent salesman’: How kosher certification went mainstream,” from Megan Poinski (@meganpoinski) in @FoodDive. TotH to @WaltHickey.

* Miriam Margolyes


As we nosh, we might note that National Egg Salad Week begins today (as it starts on the first Monday after Easter each year)… a celebration of one of the favorite ways to use all of the Easter eggs that have been cooked, colored, hidden, and found.


It’s not about the chocolate bunnies…

Your correspondent is off for points Iberian, and will be largely out of touch for a couple of weeks.  While readers cannot be sure that they will be missive-free for the entirety of the trip, regular service is unlikely to resume until late April.

Meantime, with an eye to the festivities this weekend (and the ecumenical observation that sometimes a pretty egg is just a pretty egg), an illustrated primer on coloring eggs from Barefoot Kitchen Witch.

Tenga las buenas dos semanas…

As we prepare for a dip, we might recall that it was on this date in 1865, after four years of Civil War, approximately 630,000 deaths and over 1 million casualties, that General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, at the home of Wilmer and Virginia McLean in the town of Appomattox Court House , Virginia.

The Surrender

Written by (Roughly) Daily

April 9, 2009 at 1:01 am

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