For those who require certified Kosher products, Independent Seafoods is certified by our local Kashrus. We offer variety of fish to fit your menu.
What Does Kosher Mean?
Kosher food is food that meets Kashrut or Jewish dietary laws. Kashrut is the Jewish word for “proper” or “fit”. Any food can be called kosher food if it adheres to the Jewish laws, also called “halacha”. Even if a food is labeled as “Jewish”, that does NOT mean that it is kosher.
Some traditionally Jewish foods include kreplach, cholent, kugel and latke. Even though they are traditional Jewish foods, if they are not prepared in accordance with Jewish laws they cannot be considered Kosher.
What Is Kosher Fish?
The Torah gives two signs that determine if a fish is kosher—fins and easily removable scales. In order for a fish to be kosher, it must have both of these signs. Kosher fish must also be free of contamination with non-kosher foods.
Most shellfish, lobsters, shrimp and clams are not Kosher. A majority of fish can be prepared kosher.
To make identifying Kosher foods easier for the consumer, kosher food is often marked with a kashrut certification and/or the letter “K” on the package.
Some fish that are NOT considered kosher include:
- Freshwater Cod
- Monk fish
- Ocean pout or eelpout
- Puffers or blowfish
- Sand lances or eels
- Sharks, rays and their relatives
- Snake mackerels
- Triggerfishes and firefishes
Please note that this list is not exhaustive and that your customer’s individual preferences may vary. Please contact us if we can assist you in selecting kosher food for your needs.