THE KOSHER NEXUS

A Publication of the Union For Traditional Judaism

Copyright 1995 -1999 Union for Traditional Judaism

July 1995 Vol. 2 No. 6 Editor in Chief-Rabbi J. Rappoport Co-Editors-Andrea Herrera, Debra Wenger

 

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EDITORIAL

by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport

With this issue, we conclude Volume Two of the Kosher Nexus. It seems incredible that we have finished our second year of publication already. Of course, "time flies when you're having fun." Here at the offices of the Kosher Nexus, we have a wonderful time. We enjoy the writing and the editorial battles, but most of all, we love the field research! In the year ahead, we pledge to bring you more of what makes this magazine unique.

As with any publication, there are serious issues that we need to address.

COSTS: Each issue of the Kosher Nexus costs over $1,000.00 to produce and mail. All UTJ and Morasha members receive the Kosher Nexus as part of their membership, but a small donation would be most helpful and would be greatly appreciated. If you can see your way to helping us produce this journal of gustatory delights, we would welcome it. For those of you who would like to give a truly extraordinary gift, make a substantial donation to the Kosher Nexus indicating whom you would like to honor, and we will dedicate an entire issue to them from you! To all of our readers, please mail in a donation marked with Kosher Nexus on the memo line. It would truly be a mitzvah.

POLICY: Many of you have commented about the editorial policy of the Kosher Nexus. To wit: we generally do not comment on the quality of the agencies giving hashgacha. On occasion, we do comment on individual rabbis who give hashgacha, but that is so our readers can identify the rabbi. Please let us know if you want us to continue this policy or not.

As always, we welcome input from our readers. If you discover a new product, let us know. If you visit a place that we should know about, let us know. If you have a question, call or write to us. In short, make this magazine your magazine, too!

Finally, a word of great thanks must go to my synagogue. A small shul with a big heart, my baalei bayit are most generous in allowing me the time to produce the Kosher Nexus. When the magazine first started, it was a small amount of work. As we have grown, the work load has increased. They have allowed me to pursue my dream and have encouraged me with their support and comments. I can't think of any better way to say Toddah Rabbah than in front of twelve thousand readers!

Baruch attah ba'ir, baruch attah ba-sadeh. May your summer be fulfilling, healthy and filled with anticipation for Volume Three, Number One! L'Hitraot - see you soon!

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CONSUMER ALERT!

Double your mistakes, double your fun.....NOT! Solo Peanut Butter Crunch Topping lists butter in the ingredients and then says pareve on the label! Wrong on both counts, Tonto! There is no butter in the product. On the other hand, however, it is manufactured on dairy equipment.

Consumer Beware!! Dannon has reformulated some of their yogurts. Danimals Low Fat and Sprinkl'ins Lowfat both now contain unhechshered gelatin. Plus, just to make things really interesting, some of them contain ingredients colored with carmine. Carmine is never kosher as it is made from crushed bug shells!

Some boxes of Quaker Life (Regular and Cinnamon) cereal mistakenly do not carry an O-U on the box. Fear not--they are still kosher and under the O-U.

For those of you who plan on sitting out by the pool slowly drinking a blue Margarita or a Pina Colada or something of similar ilk, check the box of banana chips you bought to go with the drink. Mariani Banana Chips sports a mistaken O-U. The product is not certified by the O-U.

Watch those labels...Shofar Meats packages both glatt and non glatt cold cuts. The glatt meats have a special label that states the product is glatt and under the supervision of LICOR.

Minute Maid Orange Juice - Non-Alert: Some packages contain calcium lactate. Not to worry. The product is pareve. This lactate is made from sugar cane.

As many of you know, the generic "K" on many Kraft Foods products is usually the O-K. But, beware of GELS, this products carries a K on the label, but is NOT under O-K supervision. GELS contains unhechshered gelatin.

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ALL AROUND TOWN!

The country is going kosher! There are several new products available in different areas, as well as many new places to eat and shop. Here are some of them:

CALIFORNIA -- Countryside Baking, Kof K supervision, ruggies, cakes and cookies.

PORTLAND -- Sunshine Dairy, Kof K supervision, ice cream.

PITTSBURGH -- Reinhold Ice Cream, Kof K supervision.

CHICAGO -- Raphael's at the Congress Restaurant. The restaurant is under cRc supervision.

ATTENTION TRAVELERS -- Going to Disneyland this summer? Contact the Kosher Information Bureau in Los Angeles for up-to-date information about what you can buy in the park. Their hotline number is (818) 762-3197. You can also reach them on Prodigy via JFWS73A.

TASTY IN TEXAS -- For our friends in Austin: Randalls Grocery at 2222 and Balcones has the first kosher bakery in town. All breads and rolls are pareve, and all bakery delights are dairy. A big thank you to Randalls who has seen the growth of the kosher community and realized the importance of being a part of the Jewish Community. Supervision is by Rabbi Levertov (Chabad).

Also in Texas - Look for Piggly Wiggly brand salad dressings with the O-U on the label at your neighborhood Piggly Wiggly store.

The Kosher Tea Room has opened in Manhattan under the hashgacha of the Beth Din Tzedek of Crown Heights. Located at 193 Second Ave. at 12th Street, the restaurant features Nouvelle and European cuisines.

From the Va'ad in Buffalo, comes this welcome news: The snack bar at the Jewish Community Center on North Forest Rd. is certified by the Va'ad. Similarly, the kosher deli located inside the TOPS market located on Maple Rd. in Williamsville is also certified by the Va'ad. As of this writing, this is the only TOPS kosher deli.

American Gourmet, makers of really fine nuts and candy baskets, now ships all over the United States. Under the hashgacha of the Metropolitan Kashruth Council of Michigan, the company offers a large assortment of pareve delicacies. You can reach them at (810) 851-4450.

Almondia Biscuits now ships their 5 varieties of pareve cookies world-wide. Call (800) 736-8779. Certification is by the MKC of Michigan.

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PLEASING BEVERAGES

Continental Brand MIGHTEE Grape Soda is O-U certified when the O-U appears on the label.

The following coffees, in both decaff and regular, flavored and regular, are all O-U endorsed: Continental, First Colony, Green Mountain and Sarks.

Barrie House Gourmet coffees are all O-U endorsed and are pareve.

Kedem introduces juices! You thought they were just grape-- well, watch out, here come some really neat juices. Cran-Apple, Cranberry Juice Cocktail, Cran-Grape, Apple Grape and Grape Drink! Certification is by the Tzelemer Rav.

Minute Maid 64 oz. jugs of punch, both fruit and tropical, are certified by the Triangle-K. It is a delicious summer cool-down for one and all.

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DAIRY, DAIRY AND MORE DAIRY!

Here's one you're gonna love-- Meyenberg Low Fat Goat Milk is certified by the Torah Scroll K (Va'ad of Denver). Azoi!

Look for Mike's Original Cheesecake Ice Cream. Certified Kof K (dairy), the product is like Shavuos in a box! Watch for the bulk pack ice cream, sandwiches and bars! At the Food and Restaurant Show they were a big hit!

Look for La Yogurt Sabor Latino. It is under the O-U. Of course, that raises an interesting question-- just what is "Latin Flavor" yogurt? Will there soon be Jewish Flavor, French Flavor and Scandinavian Flavor, too??

Henning's Cheese of Wile, WI, makes kosher cheeses under the supervision of the KO. Look for their product in your dairy case (in the Mid West). Reader Dan Weber tells us that the price is very good and the cheese is tasty, too! Call the company at (414) 894-3032 for more information.

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WHAT'S TO SNACK ON??

Kellogg's Pop Tart Minis (even in frosted grape flavor) are kosher when a Kd appears on the label. The hashgacha is by the KVH.

Friuli Sorbet, a truly magnificent pareve sorbet (we raved about it in the Food Show issue) has added three new flavors: Mango, Tangerine and Wildberry!

Look for General Mills Sun Crunchers cereal. Also try Kellogg's new Honey Roasted Pecan Temptations. Both are certified by their usual agencies.

Attention Bargain Shoppers--Quaker Oats company is now selling knock-off cereals in bags. Because the cereal comes in bags, it is supposed to cost much less than cereal in boxes. The names of the cereals will evoke other "name brand" cereals made by other companies.

Calling all Chocoholics: They used to say, "Lady Godiva rides without!" Now she wears an O-U! Yes, it is true! Look for the O-U on boxes of Godiva Chocolates. Not all boxes have the O-U, so watch those labels.

People Pops and People Drops are O-U endorsed. What are People Pops and Drops you may ask? They are sugar-free candies.

Look for Cookie Cupboard brand mixes. The product is O-U, pareve. Mixes include: cookie dough, muffin batter, brownies and hamantaschen. The brownies and muffins at the show were both excellent.

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Is this the life or what! Haagen-Dazs Di Saronno Ameretto ice cream is O-U kosher! Similarly, the Bailey's Irish Cream is kosher certified, too!

Kidd's Marshmallow Cream (it's like Fluff) is O-K certified and is a lot cheaper than the national brand. It contains no gelatin. We realize that Kiddernutter does not have the same cachet as the other famous version, but the product is good and it is cheaper. And with the money you save, you can make a donation to the UTJ!

From Hershey's comes Chocolate Creme Filled Chocolate Twists. The product is certified by the O-U.

Cousin Willie's Microwave Popcorn in assorted flavors are all certified by the O-U.

For those of you who love to have something to munch on, comes this old time favorite, Soup and Oyster Crackers by Mega. Certified by the O-U, this is a dairy product, so don't use it in your chicken soup!

ACT II popcorn is certified by the Circle K. ACT II comes in Regular, Lite and Butter Flavors.

PARCO offers premade Party Trays. The cookies are all O-UD. The trays are made well, look good and taste great, too!

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MISCELLANEOUS

For our vegetarian friends: The Jewish Vegetarian's Newsletter is a most interesting magazine. Best of all, the Winter 1995 issue contains a great list of certified kosher vegetarian foods. You can contact the magazine at 6938 Reliance Rd., Federalsburg, MD 21632.

Look for all sorts of beans and bean combos put out by Kedem under the Kedem label. The products can be found in the canned goods section of many supermarkets. Hashgacha is by the O-U.

Krinos now markets marinated salads that are most tasty. Look for them in the deli section of your supermarket. Supervision is by the Kof-K.

World Harbors Acadia Sauces and Marinades are Kof-K certified. We had the Lemon Pepper and Garlic marinade on our Shabbat bird, and it was terrific!

Look for the "New Blech in Town." The K'deirah Warmer is now available. Billed as the unblech blech for Shabbat, this new blech is perfect for keeping summer meals hot without heating up the whole house because it needs but one flame set to the lowest setting. For information call (718) 788-0505. By fax you can reach them at (718) 758-1029.

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INDUSTRY NEWS...

Bruno Specialty Foods was prominently featured at the New York Food and Restaurant Show in February. The company makes a great line of commercial products under the O-U. All of their products are dairy. They specialize in lasagna, stuffed shells, manicotti, manicotti with broccoli, ravioli and other Italian delicacies. Speaking from experience, the product is molto delizioso! So, mangia, mein kind!

Flavor Systems International has introduced natural, kosher, seafood flavors; clam, lobster, shrimp, oyster and crab. Hmmmm, wonder how these will show up at catered affairs??

Marian Arbesman, a faithful fan and reader (shows good taste, don't you think?) from Buffalo, NY, sent a small package to our New York office.

Lo and behold, it was a wrapper from Kof-K certified, Heart and Soul brand, Trim Slice Meatless Cold Cuts. The product is made of wheat and soy. On the wrapper, someone had stamped the words

"Glatt Kosher." Marian writes, "How do you check the lungs of those wheat grains and soybeans?.... Is this a joke or what?" Thanks, and a tip of the Kosher Nexus yarmulka to Marian Arbesman for submitting a truly funny piece. P.S. -- How are Glatt Kosher Vegetarian cold cuts? Are they better than stam kosher??

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