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The OU may endorse a new line of products

The halacha is that if the substance is inedible (i.e. a dog wouldn't eat it), it does not need to be kosher--even if it is contact with cookware. And I would hope that the soap and drain cleaner are not in contact with the food itself.

Feb 24, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

The OU may endorse a new line of products

So are drain cleaners and soaps, but the OU certifies them.

Feb 24, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Skittles

I really have no particular interest in kosher Skittles, but I know it has come up here in the past, and people seemed to really want to see them kosher, so I thought I'd post that Seasons in Queens has them listed in their current weekly email.

Feb 22, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Vegan Shabbat meals & dishes

Not following your timeline. If you put it up at candle-lighting time (5-ish), how had it cooked for 14 hours by 10 PM?

Feb 22, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Dairy free/ gluten free mishloach manot

Nuts, meringues, most candies, salads, soups, meat, chips, popcorn, fresh fruit, wine, most beverages, fish, olives, marshmallows, nut butters, and dozens of other things. Now that gluten-free has become such an entrenched fad, recipes for stuff is all over the internet . . . just google it.

Feb 19, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Vegan Shabbat meals & dishes

I may be totally wrong about this, but isn't the internal temperature of the food usually much lower than what the oven is set at? When you roast a turkey, you set the oven to 325 or so, but when you are checking to see if the bird is done, the internal temp has to be 165. I don't see the chicken getting to 165 if the oven is only at 175.

Feb 19, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Kosher wine at Whole Foods Market

I wouldn't use the word "even;" at 10% (or even higher) alcohol, it's understandable that blush Zinfandel would be a challenge.

I totally agree with SoCal Mother about the lower alcohol wines (though I like to go a bit higher than the 3% ones that are so popular). And if you attempt to drink each cup in the halachically prescribed time (whether you hold a shorter or time, it's still in the range of only a short number of minutes), there's little time to really enjoy the wine anyway. I have generally found that wines with a little bit of fizz are the easiest to drink, especially for the 3rd and 4th cups.

Feb 18, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Passover Quinoa Flour

Based on some experimenting that AdinaA reported on last year, I made some muffins with quinoa flour I had made from quinoa ground in a spice mill. In fact, it did act pretty much like wheat flour.

Feb 17, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

ISO kosher tamarind paste

So do you use the tamarind paste in your chocolates? Not getting the connection otherwise.

P.S. Just picked the Golchin up in Aron's Kissena Farms last week, but haven't used it yet. (If I recall correctly it's in Aisle 5, in case anyone else is looking for it.)

Feb 14, 2015
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looking for mini chocolate liquor bottles

CloggieGirl: All the brands you mentioned are the "kosher" brands, though. Noya is looking for brands which are not specifically Jewish (akin to Godiva).

Feb 12, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

looking for mini chocolate liquor bottles

I've never seen the "kosher" brands in mini bottles; are they available?

Feb 11, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

looking for mini chocolate liquor bottles

I think most liquor stores carry the small bottles of liquor. Godiva has the OU.

Feb 11, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Kosher Timepiece Cafe?

I wonder what commercial rent is in suburban Denver is compared to NYC.

Feb 08, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

kosher suplements

In case anyone missed the "raised eyebrow smiley face," at the end of my post, I wasn't actually questioning the kashrut. It's a movie reference: google "Soylent Green" or look it up on Wikipedia. (I assume helou and rockycat got it, as evidenced by the hearts they gave.)

Feb 04, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Mirabelle Bakery on Coney Island Ave.

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Feb 03, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Mirabelle Bakery on Coney Island Ave.

Goat is absolutely a kosher animal; it was often used for sacrifices in the beit ha'mikdash.

Feb 03, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

kosher suplements

Soylent? -- "Soylent green is people!!" Doesn't sound kosher to me ; )

Feb 03, 2015
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Looking for advice for guest with crohns

Beans are high in fiber; that could be a problem, based on all these responses.

Jan 29, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Kosher vegetarian Italian sausage and other deli items

I agree on some of these, and wildly disagree on others:

I don't think any of the vegetarian bacons are even close; definitely don't like the Morningstar. However, I do like the breakfast sausage and links, as well as the Buffalo nuggets by them. Haven't had any of the others you mentioned.

The Dynasea shrimp is awful, in my opinion. In fact, last time I had it (years ago), I thought all their stuff tastes exactly the same, and is simply shaped differently. It's all that cheap pollack stuff used in sushi; nothing like what I remember shrimp to be like (admittedly, it's over 30 years now, but it was the last treif I ate before giving it up completely. I so wish . . .).

The Gardein stuff is great: I particularly like the Szechuan beefless, the Mandarin Chick'n, and the Teriyaki chick'n, and the ground beefless. Just had the Szechuan two days ago, and the Mandarin last night. I haven't tried the others yet, though I have the stuffed turkey, the meatballs, and a couple of the types of chick'n cutlets in the freezer waiting to be made.

Somes of the Yves stuff is good . . . are they the ones that make the faux pepperoni? I used to like that.

I was unimpressed by the Beyond Meat Chicken-free Strips, though I thought their ground beef substitute was good.

Jan 27, 2015
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Tj recommendation and random observation/ question

Actually, I'm not sure which flight I had them on; maybe Delta to Israel where they would specifically have the kosher ones?

Jan 27, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Tj recommendation and random observation/ question

Re: the Biscoff spread: I think you have the process backward. The cookies aren't made from the spread; the spread is made from the cookies. The cookies existed years before the spread, which is only a few years old, I believe. The spread is made from ground cookies, sugar, shortening, etc. (There are copycat recipes available online.)

Jan 27, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Tj recommendation and random observation/ question

Not sure if you're kidding or not.

For those who don't know, cookie butter is akin to peanut butter . . . a spread made from cookies, specifically the Biscoff cookies available kosher only on Delta flights and in Israel. The cookie butter is reputed to be delicious, but no kosher product has yet to materialize in the US. Trader Joe's has its own brand, which I always assumed was Biscoff's repackaged, but a friend who doesn't keep kosher reports one is better than the other (I think she said Biscoff's is better, but I may be remembering incorrectly.)

Jan 27, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Tj recommendation and random observation/ question

I didn't even know the cookie butter was available in Israel, but I know the cookies always have a stamp from the hechsher agency stamped on the package, rather than some symbol printed on the package itself. I always assumed it was that special runs were done in Belgium to be sold in Israel. (I saw them here once in Queens, but never since.)

Jan 27, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Tj recommendation and random observation/ question

I wonder if it could mean the product will get a hashgacha at some point soon, and maybe even already has it for commercial use?

Jan 27, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Now that foie gras is legal again in California

How so? They are not alive when eaten. Rocky Mountain Oysters, now, that's ever min ha'chai.

And more important . . . would it even apply to a non-kosher food? I assume you are joking.

Jan 24, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

potato kuggel

Why not increase the ingredients or use a smaller pan?

Jan 21, 2015
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Lamb Shawarma on Long Island or in New York City?

This has come up in the past here. I would take Grill Point over Naomi's any day. The time I tried Levy's, the pita was dry as a bone, there was nothing interesting to put inside, and they didn't even have charif. Such a waste of money.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9907...

Jan 20, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Best burger in the US or worldwide -

I was not referring to Milt's, but Amsterdam, where SoCal Mother said the burgers were "soooo expensive" she had trouble enjoying them. My point was that if it's not a fast food place, how much less is a burger running you these days, esp. since Carlos & Gabbys, which IS a fast-food place, charges close to $15 for a sandwich.

Jan 20, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Best burger in the US or worldwide -

I've never been there, but I just looked at the menu. The average burger price seems to be about $15. I have paid just about that for a sandwich at Carlos & Gabbys in Queens (Manhattan would obviously be more), so I wonder what you are used to paying for a non-fast food burger.

Jan 20, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Lamb Shawarma on Long Island or in New York City?

You misread what I was saying; following your family or community minhag by choice is fine. HOWEVER, thinking that the foodstuffs they are avoiding are chametz or kitniot (when they clearly are not) IS simply ignorant.

Jan 19, 2015
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