Guide to Kashrus – Does it Need a Hechsher?

KOSHER PRODUCT DIRECTORY 

BABY FOOD

Baby Food – Cereal, formula and jars require reliable certification.

BAKED/COOKED PRODUCTS

Bagels – Require reliable certification.

Bread – Requires reliable certification.

Breadcrumbs – Require reliable certification.

Cake, Cookies, Crackers, and Pastries – Require reliable certification.

Cereals – Require reliable certification.

Croutons – Require reliable certification.

Falafel – Requires reliable certification.

Pita Bread – Requires reliable certification.

Pizza – Requires reliable certification.

Rice Cakes – Require reliable certification.

Taco Shells – Require reliable certification.

Take-out Foods – Require reliable certification.

Tortilla Bread – Requires reliable certification.

BAKING/COOKING ITEMS

Baking Chocolate – Requires reliable certification.

Baking Powder – Does not require certification.

Baking Soda – Does not require certification.

Bread Mixes – Require reliable certification.

Brown Sugar – Does not require certification.

Cake Mixes – Require reliable certification.

Cane Juice – Does not require certification.

Carob Powder – Requires reliable certification.

Chocolate Chips – Require reliable certification. (Many kosher dairy brands are available. Lieber’s and Paskesz are parve certified.)

Cocoa – Does not require certification.

Coconut Flakes -Without glycerin, does not require certification.

Cooking Sprays – Require reliable certification.

Corn Grits – Does not require certification.

Corn Meal – Does not require certification.

Corn Starch – Does not require certification.

Corn Syrup – Does not require certification.

Decorating Products – Require reliable certification.

Dough, frozen – Requires reliable certification.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Does not require certification.

Extracts – Require reliable certification.

Filo Dough – Requires reliable certification.

Flour – Without enzymes, does not require certification.

Food Coloring – Requires reliable certification.

Icing – Requires reliable certification.

Margarine – Requires reliable certification.

Oil – Requires reliable certification.

Pancake and Waffle Mixes – Require reliable certification.

Pie Crust – Requires reliable certification. Some varieties are dairy.

Pie Filling – Requires reliable certification.

Semolina – Does not require certification.

Shortening – Requires reliable certification.

Soup Mixes – Require reliable certification.

Soy Flakes – Require reliable certification.

Stevia – Requires reliable certification.

Sugar, powdered – Does not require certification.

Tapioca – Requires reliable certification.

Tapioca Pudding – Requires reliable certification.

Vanilla Sugar – Requires reliable certification.

Whipped Topping – Requires reliable certification.

Yeast – Requires reliable certification.
BEANS

Canned

The following canned varieties are often produced on equipment used for non-kosher products and, therefore, require reliable certification:

Baked Beans

Black Beans

Black Eyed Peas

Butter Beans

Chick Peas

Chili Beans

Fava Beans

Garbanzo Beans

Great Northern Beans

Kidney Beans

Lentils

Lima Beans

Pinto Beans

Salad Beans

Soy Beans

Vegetarian Baked Beans

Dried Beans

Do not require certification. Some packages may contain larva, insects or even live worms! This is not isolated to any specific brand or store. It is strongly suggested that each package of dried beans be inspected prior to use. A simple visual inspection followed by a rinse in cold water is adequate.

BEVERAGES

Almond Beverages – Require reliable certification.

Apple Juice – See Juices.

Beer – Microbreweries require reliable certification; domestic regular beers (e.g., Budweiser, etc.), does not require certification.

Cider – Apple requires reliable certification.

Coconut Milk – Canned, requires reliable certification.

Coffee – Flavored, requires reliable certification; unflavored, does not require certification.

Cranberry Juice – See Juices.

Flavored Drinks – Require reliable certification.

Grape Juice – Requires reliable certification.

Grapefruit Juice – See Juices.

Hot Cocoa – Requires reliable certification.

Juices – Apple, cranberry, grapefruit, orange, and pineapple juices, shelf stable requires reliable certification. Refrigerated, fresh or from concentrate, does not require certification at the present time, provided that they do not have any added questionable ingredients, such as flavorings, colors, grape juice or glycerin. However, we recommend that you purchase juices that do bear reliable certification, since changes in ingredients or production procedures can take place at any time. Grape, prune and tomato juices require reliable certification.

Lemon Juice – Does not require certification.

Lemonade – Require reliable certification.

Lime Juice – Does not require certification.

Liquor – [See the Alcoholic Beverage Directory at http://www.crcweb.org/LiquorList.pdf]Mixed Fruit Juices – Require reliable certification.

Nectar Drink – Requires reliable certification.

Nectar Juice – Requires reliable certification.

Non-Dairy Beverages – Require reliable certification.

Oat Milk – Requires reliable certification.

Orange Juice – See Juices.

Pineapple Juice – See Juices.

Prune Juice – Requires reliable certification. Sunsweet Prune Juice is acceptable.

Punch – Requires reliable certification.

Rice Beverage – Requires reliable certification.

Seltzer – Flavored, requires reliable certification; unflavored, does not require certification.

Soda – Requires reliable certification.

Soy Beverages – Require reliable certification.

Tea – Flavored, requires reliable certification. Some varieties are dairy; unflavored, does not require certification.

Tomato Juice – Requires reliable certification.

Water – Flavored, requires reliable certification; unflavored, does not require certification.

Wine – Requires reliable certification. Note: At Vaad certified events, all wine must be Mevushel.

Note: At Vaad certified events, all wine must be Mevushel.

CHINESE FOODS

Bamboo Shoots – Require reliable certification.

Chinese Noodles – Require reliable certification.

Chow Mein Noodles – Require reliable certification

Water Chestnuts – Require reliable certification.

Rice Noodles – Requires reliable certification.

Rice Paper – containing only rice flour, water and/or salt does not require certification.

CONDIMENTS & DRESSINGS

Artichoke Hearts – Not recommended.

Artichoke Bottoms – Require reliable certification.

Babaganoush – Requires reliable certification.

Barbeque Sauce – Requires reliable certification.

Capers – Require reliable certification.

Cherry Peppers – Require reliable certification.

Cocktail Onions – Require reliable certification.

Cocktail Sauce – Requires reliable certification.

Eggplant Dip – Requires reliable certification.

Ginger Sauce – Requires reliable certification.

Grape Leaves – Require reliable certification.

Horseradish – Requires reliable certification.

Hot Peppers – Require reliable certification.

Hot Sauce – Requires reliable certification.

Hummus – Requires reliable certification.

Jalapeno Peppers – Processed, require reliable certification; fresh, non-processed, does not require certification.

Ketchup – Requires reliable certification.

Marinades – Require reliable certification.

Mayonnaise – Requires reliable certification.

Mushrooms – Does not require certification, from China may be infested with insects.

Mustard – Requires reliable certification.

Mustard seed – Does not require certification

Olives – Requires reliable certification.

Pickled Plums – Require reliable certification.

Pickles – Require reliable certification.

Pimientos – Require reliable certification.

Red Peppers, canned – Require reliable certification.

Relish – Requires reliable certification.

Roasted Peppers – Require reliable certification.

Salad Dressing – Requires reliable certification. Some contain fish and should, therefore, not be served with meat or chicken.

Salsa – Requires reliable certification.

Soy Sauce – Requires reliable certification.

Sun-dried Tomatoes – Dried, does not require certification; marinated, require reliable certification.

Tahini – Requires reliable certification.

Tartar Sauce – Requires reliable certification.

Vinegar – Requires reliable certification.

Wasabi Sauce – Requires reliable certification.

Worcestershire Sauce – Requires reliable certification.

DAIRY PRODUCTS

Dairy products that are kosher certified are not cholov yisroel unless it is specified on the container. (A full line of cholov yisroel products is available at the East Side Kosher Deli.)

Butter – Requires reliable certification.

Chocolate Milk – Requires reliable certification.

Cheese – All verities requires reliable certification.

Evaporated Milk – Without additives, does not require certification.

Half- &-Half – Requires reliable certification.

Heavy Cream – Requires reliable certification.

Ice Cream – Requires reliable certification.

Milk – Cow’s milk, without added ingredients other than vitamins, does not require certification; aseptic, requires reliable certification; goat’s milk, requires reliable certification. (Meyenberg is Scroll K certified when bearing the Scroll K symbol.)

Non-Dairy Creamers – Require reliable certification. (Many dairy varieties are available with kosher certification. Note: Even though the container states non-dairy, it may contain dairy ingredients. Mocha Mix is OK Parve and Rich’s are OU parve certified when bearing the OU symbol.)

Non-fat Dry Milk – Requires reliable certification.

Pizza – Requires reliable certification.

Sour Cream – Requires reliable certification.

Yogurt – Requires reliable certification.

DESSERTS

Apple Berry Sauce – Without added flavors or grape juice, does not require certification.

Applesauce, unflavored – Does not require certification.

Ice Cream – Requires reliable certification.

Ices – Require reliable certification.

Jell-O – Requires reliable certification.

Pie Filling – Requires reliable certification.

Pie Crust – Requires reliable certification.

Popsicles – Requires reliable certification.

Pudding – Requires reliable certification.

Sorbet – Requires reliable certification.

DIPS & SAUCES

All dips and sauces require reliable certification.

DISPOSABLE UTENSILS & FOOD WRAPS

Aluminum Foil – Does not require certification.

Aluminum Foil Pans – Does not require certification.

Foam Containers & Plates – Does not require certification.

Freezer Paper – Does not require certification.

Paper Plates – Does not require certification.

Parchment Paper – Quilon treated, requires reliable certification; silicon treated, does not require certification.

Plastic Containers – Do not require certification.

Plastic Flatware & Plates – Does not require certification.

Plastic Wrap & Bags – Does not require certification.

Waxed Paper – Does not require certification.

EGGS

Eggbeaters – Require reliable certification.

Eggs, non-processed – does not require certification. They should be checked to ensure that they do not contain blood spots.

Eggs, processed – Require reliable certification.

FISH PRODUCTS

Canned Fish – Requires reliable certification.

Cooked Fish – Requires reliable certification.

Fillet – Breaded or skinless, requires reliable certification.

Fresh Fish – Whole fish and fish steaks should, preferably, be purchased from a store which has reliable rabbinical supervision. This is because non-kosher stores that sell fish commonly use one knife to cut different species, kosher and non-kosher alike. Therefore, residue from the slicing of non-kosher fish may remain on the blade of the knife and, subsequently, be rubbed onto the cutting site of the kosher fish.

However, one may buy whole fish or fish steaks, even if it is gutted, from any store, provided the following conditions are met:

  1. One did not actually see the kosher fish soaking amidst non-kosher fish.
  2. Some scales are still on the fish.
  3. Prior to cooking the fish, one should take a straight edged knife and, using only minimal pressure, scrape off the area where the store knife would have cut. This would wipe off any residue from the blade that cut the non-kosher fish. After this, thoroughly wash the fish.

Gefilte Fish – Requires reliable certification.

Ground Fish – Requires reliable certification.

Imitation Crabmeat – Requires reliable certification. (Available at East Side Kosher Deli.)

Lox – Requires reliable certification.

Smoked Fish – Requires reliable certification.

The following is a partial list of kosher and non-kosher species of fish: Note: In order to verify that a fish is kosher, one MUST see that it has removable scales, you can not rely on the fact its name is listed on the kosher list.

Kosher Fish

Albacore

Bass

Buffalo Fish

Carp

Char Cod

Flounder

Goldfish

Grouper

Haddock

Halibut

Herring

Mackerel

Mahi Mahi

Blue Marlin

Orange

Roughee

Perch

Pike

Pollock

Salmon

Sardines

Snapper

Sole

Suckers

Trout

Tuna

Walleye

Whitefish

Whiting

Non-Kosher Fish

Catfish

Eels

Grayfish

Shark

Snake Mackerels

Puffer

Sturgeons

Swordfish

FRUIT

Canned or plastic cups (non aseptic)

Canned fruits not from China and Israel do not require kosher certification if they only contain one or more of the following ingredients: Ascorbic acid, citric acid, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, salt, sugar, water. Note: Other ingredients may require kosher certification. Check with our office for further information.

Applesauce, pure – Without questionable ingredients.

Berries – Raspberries and blackberries are not recommended; other varieties, without questionable ingredients.

Cherries – Pitted or sweet, without questionable ingredients; maraschino cherries, require reliable certification.

Figs – Without questionable ingredients.

Fruit Cocktail – Without questionable ingredients, provided that you remove the cherries.

Guava – Does not require certification.

Mandarin Oranges (not from China) – Without questionable ingredients, do not require certification

Mango – Does not require certification.

Peaches – Without questionable ingredients.

Pears – Without questionable ingredients.

Pineapples – Without questionable ingredients.

Plums – Without questionable ingredients.

Dried Fruit

Apples, dried – Requires reliable certification.

Apricots, dried – without additives, do not require certification, Sulfur dioxide is not a concern.

Bananas, dried – Requires reliable certification.

Carob – Does not require certification, however, it requires inspection for insects; powdered, requires reliable certification.

Cherries, dried – Requires reliable certification

Cranberries, dried – Requires reliable certification

Currants – Requires reliable certification

Dates – Without additives, do not require certification. Imported or whole require inspection; domestic pitted, does not require inspection.

Figs – Without additives, do not require certification. However they require inspection by turning the fig inside out and looking for noticeable webbing. If you check a few in a package and there is no webbing, the rest may be used without inspection.

Mandarin Oranges, Canned – Do not require certification, unless it is from China

Mangoes, dried – Requires reliable certification

Nectarines, dried – Without additives, do not require certification, sulfur dioxide is not a concern

Papayas, dried – Requires reliable certification

Peaches, dried – Without additives, do not require certification, sulfur dioxide is not a concern

Pear, dried – Without additives, does not require certification, sulfur dioxide is not a concern

Pineapples, dried – Without additives, do not require certification, sulfur dioxide is not a concern

Prunes – Without additives, do not require certification, sulfur dioxide is not a concern

Raisins – Domestic do not require certification, unless they are oil treated

Fresh

Fresh fruits do not require certification. However, some varieties require a thorough inspection prior to cooking and eating to ensure that they are free of insects. All varieties should be inspected to ensure that they do not have a worm hole, which may indicate the presence of a worm inside. A guide for preparing fruits and vegetables is available at http://scrollk.org/PrepFrtVeg.html .

Berries – Blackberries and red raspberries are not recommended, due to infestation, unless they are pureed; blueberries may be used after being soaked in soapy water for a few minutes and rinsed; strawberries may be used after cutting the top off, soaking the strawberries in soapy water for 5 minutes and agitating the strawberries in the soapy water before rinsing THOROUGHLY under running water.

Nuts – Oil roasted, require reliable certification; raw and dry roasted do not require certification.

Raisins – Domestic without oil, do not require certification.

Frozen

Frozen insect-free varieties, without additives, are acceptable without certification.

HEALTH FOODS

Agar Agar – Does not require certification.

Barley – Does not require certification. Some packages of barley may contain larva, insects or even live worms! This is not isolated to any specific brand or store. It is strongly suggested that each package of barley, or other similar grains, be inspected prior to use. A simple visual inspection followed by a rinse in cold water is adequate.

Bran – Does not require certification.

Brown Rice Chips – Require reliable certification.

Brown Rice Soba – Requires reliable certification.

Buckwheat Pastas – Without eggs or oil, does not require certification.

Cracked Wheat – Does not require certification.

Crunch Bars – Require reliable certification.

Dried Tofu Soybeans – Require reliable certification.

Energy Bars – Require reliable certification.

Energy Drinks – Require reliable certification.

Flax Seed – Does not require certification.

Kamut Whole and Flakes – Does not require certification.

Kasha – Does not require certification.

Lotus Root Soba – Does not require certification.

Meatless Meat – Requires reliable certification.

Millet – Does not require certification.

Miso paste – Requires reliable certification.

Mugwort Soba – Does not require certification.

Oat Groats – Does not require certification.

Oats – Does not require certification.

Pasta – Without eggs or oil, does not require certification.

Potatoes, canned – Require reliable certification.

Potatoes, raw – Does not require certification.

Quinoa, raw – Does not require certification.

Rice, raw or par – boiled – Does not require certification.

Rice Flakes – Does not require certification.

Rice Pasta – Require reliable certification.

Rice Sticks – Require reliable certification.

Rice Treats – Require reliable certification.

Rye Flakes – Does not require certification.

Sea Vegetables – Arame, hiziki, nori and wakame, require reliable certification.

Soba Japanese Buckwheat Pasta – Without eggs or oil, does not require certification.

Soy Bean Paste – Does not require certification.

Soy Beans – Roasted in oil, require reliable certification.

Soy Beverage – Requires reliable certification.

Soy Creamer – Requires reliable certification.

Soy Ice Cream – Requires reliable certification.

Soy Yogurt – Requires reliable certification.

Spelt Pasta – Without eggs or oil, does not require certification.

Sushi – Requires reliable certification.

Sushi Nori – Requires reliable certification.

Tempeh – Requires reliable certification.

Textured Vegetable Protein – Requires reliable certification.

Tofu – Requires reliable certification.

Wasabi Powder – Requires reliable certification.

Wheat Berries – Does not require certification.

Wheat Bran – Does not require certification.

Wheat Germ – Does not require certification.

Whole Rye – Does not require certification.

Wild Yam Soba – Requires reliable certification.

JELLIES & SPREADS

Fruit Butters – Require reliable certification.

Honey – Flavored, requires reliable certification; unflavored, liquid, does not require certification. Non-filtered is not recommended.

Honey Powder – Requires reliable certification.

Jam/Jelly – Requires reliable certification.

Margarine – Requires reliable certification. Many are dairy.

Marmalade – Requires reliable certification.

Nut Butters – Require reliable certification.

Peanut Butter – Requires reliable certification.

Preserves – Require reliable certification.

KITCHEN CLEANING SUPPLIES

Dish Detergents, Soaps – Does not require certification.

Paper Towels, Napkins – Does not require certification.

Rubber Gloves – Does not require certification.

Silver Polish – Does not require certification.

Soap – Does not require certification.

Sponges, Scrubbers – Does not require certification.

Steel Wool/Soap Pads – Does not require certification.

MEAT & POULTRY

All meat & poultry require reliable certification.

ORAL HYGIENE & MEDICINAL PRODUCTS

Dental Floss – Flavored and/or coated, does not require certification.

Mouthwash – Does not require certification.

Over-The-Counter-Medicine – See: http://www.crcweb.org/OTCMedicineReport.pdf

Throat Drops – Require reliable certification.

Toothpaste – Does not require certification.

PASTA, POTATOES & RICE

Basmati Rice, raw or par – boiled – Unseasoned, does not require certification.

Couscous, raw – Unseasoned, does not require certification.

Pasta, raw – Without eggs or oil, does not require certification.

Pilaf – Requires reliable certification.

Polenta – Non-processed, unseasoned, does not require certification; processed, requires reliable certification.

Potatoes – Processed (e.g., canned or powdered), require reliable certification; frozen without oil or other questionable ingredients, does not require certification.

Rice – Seasoned, requires reliable certification; unseasoned raw, does not require certification.

Rice Mix – Requires reliable certification.

Tabouli – Require reliable certification.

PET FOOD

Animal foods that contain meat and dairy together should not be used. Separate utensils and facilities should be used for those foods that are acceptable.

SEASONINGS

Artificial Sweetener – Requires reliable certification.

Barbecue Seasoning – Requires reliable certification.

Butter Flavored Salt – Requires reliable certification.

Celery Salt – Requires reliable certification.

Chicken Seasoning – Requires reliable certification.

Cinnamon Sugar – Does not require certification.

Citric Acid – Requires reliable certification.

Fajita Seasoning – Requires reliable certification.

Garlic – Powder, without additives does not require certification; crushed, without additional ingredients, does not require certification; juice, does not require certification.

Herb blends – Require reliable certification.

Herbs, dried – Leaves, seeds and spices, without added ingredients, does not require certification, unless it is produce of Israel, then it require reliable certification.

Herbs, freeze dried – Require reliable kosher certification.

Herbs, fresh – See our guide for preparing fruits and vegetables, it is available at http://scrollk.org/PrepFrtVeg.html

Italian Seasoning – Requires reliable certification.

Ketchup – Requires reliable certification.

Lemon and Herb Seasoning – Requires reliable certification.

Lemon and Pepper Seasoning Salt – Requires reliable certification.

Meat Tenderizer – Requires reliable certification.

Mexican Seasoning – Requires reliable certification.

Mustard – Ground, does not require certification; prepared, requires reliable certification.

MSG – Does not require certification.

Onion Powder – Without additives does not require certification

Pickling Lime – Requires reliable certification.

Salt – Without calcium Stearate, does not require certification.

Salt ‘n Spice – Requires reliable certification.

Salt Substitutes – Require reliable certification.

Sugar – Does not require certification.

Sugar Substitutes – Require reliable certification.

Vegetable Flakes – Require reliable certification.

Vinegar – Requires reliable certification.

SNACK FOODS

Candy – Requires reliable certification.

Cereal Bars – Require reliable certification.

Chocolate – Requires reliable certification.

Corn Chips – Require reliable certification.

Granola Bars – Require reliable certification.

Gum – Requires reliable certification.

Halvah Bars – Require reliable certification.

Marshmallows – Require reliable certification.

Popcorn – Requires reliable certification.

Popcorn Seeds – Without seasoning does not require certification.

Potato Chips – Require reliable certification.

Pretzels – Require reliable certification.

Rice Cakes – Require reliable certification.

Sesame Crunch Bars – Require reliable certification.

Snack Bars – Require reliable certification.

Tortilla Chips – Require reliable certification.

SPICES

Blends require reliable certification; pure, does not require certification.

SYRUPS

Agave – Does not require certification.

Honey- Flavored, requires reliable certification; unflavored, liquid, does not require certification. Non-filtered is not recommended.

Maple Syrup – Blends, require reliable certification; pure, does not require certification.

Molasses – Does not require certification.

Syrup – Flavored (such as chocolate or strawberry), requires reliable certification. (Hershey’s & Nestle chocolate syrups are made on dairy equipment.)

VEGETABLES

Canned

Baby Corn – Requires reliable certification.

Bamboo Shoots – Require reliable certification.

Beets – Require reliable certification.

Carrots – Require reliable certification.

Corn – Requires reliable certification.

Corn, Cream Style – Requires reliable certification.

Green Beans – Require reliable certification.

Hearts Of Palm – Require reliable certification.

Hominy – Requires reliable certification.

Mixed Vegetables – Require reliable certification.

Mushrooms – Require reliable certification.

Peas – Require reliable certification.

Peas & Carrots – Requires reliable certification.

Pumpkin – Require reliable certification.

Sweet Potato – Require reliable certification.

Tomato Products – Require reliable certification.

Water Chestnuts – Require reliable certification.

Wax Beans – Require reliable certification.

Yams – Require reliable certification.

Zucchini – Requires reliable certification.

 

Fresh

Fresh vegetables do not require certification. However, some varieties require a thorough inspection prior to cooking and eating to ensure that they are free of insects. A guide for preparing fruits and vegetables is available at http://scrollk.org/PrepFrtVeg.html. Note: Even those vegetables that commonly have insects, if they are cooked in a Bodek bag – a bag made out of material with very fine mesh {available at the East Side Kosher Deli} – and the entire bag  with the vegetables is removed together after cooking, do not require any inspection. Those vegetables that commonly do not have insects should be examined to assure that they are free of infestation. 

The following fresh vegetables do not require inspection:

Alfalfa Sprouts

Avocado

Bean Sprouts

Beets

Carrots

Corn

Cucumbers

Eggplant

Green Beans

Jicama

Kohlrabi

Leek

Mushrooms –Button and Shitake except from China

Okra

Parsnip

Pea Pods

Peppers (Green, Red, and Yellow)

Radishes

Squash

String Beans

Sweet Potatoes

Tomatoes

Waxed Beans

Yams

Zucchini

FREEZE DRIED vegetables require a reliable kosher certification

Frozen

Frozen insect-free varieties, without additives, do not require certification.

VITAMINS & NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

Energy Supplements – Require reliable certification.

Vitamins – Chewable, require reliable certification; tablets that are not eaten as a food and are not coated with a pleasant tasting coating, should preferably be kosher certified, when available. See: http://www.crcweb.org/OTCMedicineReport.pdf (Kosher certified vitamins are available at the East Side Kosher Deli.)

For further information visit the ReferEnce section of THE VAAD’S WEBSITE AT www.scrollk.org