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Kosher Caviar

Updated on May 5, 2009

Shop for Kosher Caviar

Not all caviar is kosher, but kosher caviar does exist! As long as the fish that produces the roe is a kosher fish, then the roe is kosher as well. There are actually a number of varieties of kosher roe to choose from. This lens will provide you with all you need to enjoy kosher caviar.

Salman Roe

Perfectly salty and delicate, this roe goes well on toasted black rye with hot melted butter.

Black Whitefish Caviar

It's not an oxymoron. Black whitefish caviar reminds of beluga caviar, except the it's kosher.

Golden Whitefish Caviar

Beautifully rich color enhances this luxurious roe.

Bottarga (Dried Mullet) Caviar

"Also called Sardinian caviar, bottarga is made with salted and pressed mullet roe. It looks like a square brownish-orange salami and keeps for months in the refrigerator if well wrapped. Bottarga is sliced paper-thin and served with olive oil as an antipasto, and it flavors one of Sardinia's most famous pasta dishes, maccheroni alla bottarga." (Taken from sea-ex.com)

A delicious Caviar idea... perfect for the shabbat table

A delicious Caviar idea... perfect for the shabbat table
A delicious Caviar idea... perfect for the shabbat table

What does it mean for food to be considered "kosher"?

Kosher, literally means "proper". Kosher food is food that adheres to Jewish dietary law - generally meaning it does not contain certain animal products or a mixture of products and that the food, including its preparation, was supervised to make sure that none of the ingredients or cooking vessels (pots, pans, ovens, cutlery, dishes, etc.) came in contact with non-kosher food.

Contrary to popular misconception, "kosher" does not mean that the food was blessed by a rabbi. Kosher meat can only come from animals that chew their cud and have split hooves and that are slaughtered in a certain way and salted to remove as much blood as possible. Kosher fish are those that have gills, fins, and scales. Dairy and meat must also be consumed separately and prepared and served with separate utensils.

There are dozens of kosher agencies that inspect and supervise food products. These agencies will license their symbol (called a heksher) to place on products to certify that the products are kosher. The most recognizable symbols are the OU (an O with a U in it), OK (circle with a K), or a Star-K. "Keeping kosher" generally refers to only eating kosher food.

More information on what it means for something to be kosher can be found here.

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