24 Nissan 5772
April 16, 2012
The order is the same order information appears in the guide.
1.Soup powder contains some uncooked ingredients so it may not be added to heated items above ‘yad soledes bo’ on Shabbos.
2.Cocoa powder contains some uncooked ingredients so it may not be added to heated items above ‘yad soledes bo’ on Shabbos.
3.Rice packaged in a vacuum may be presumed insect free and does not require inspection. One wishing to be ‘mehudar’ (exceeding the required) may perform a superficial inspection however.
4.There is no fear of aluminum pans having a coating of non kosher oil for as long as they exhibit the badatz logo.
5.Items that are imported will state יבול חו”ל such as canned pineapple products.
6.Regarding coated nuts known as “kabukim” – the bracha is barei minai mezonot. However, the nut is not included in the measure towards a ‘shiur’ and regarding the after bracha, it depends if one ate a shiur of the coating in the time period known as ‘b’chdei acilas pras’, for if not, the after bracha is borei nefashot.
7.The bracha for corn flavored Bisli is shehakol.
8.Regarding frozen or powdered eggs they undergo a rigid inspection to ensure there is no blood. There is also no fear of linat leila (לינת לילה). As a general rule regarding blood in eggs, the brown eggs are more problematic.
9.Regarding hard cheeses sold in chunks or sliced. If one buys from shopkeepers, one must make certain the knife used is exclusive for this product and that it is kosher and was toiveled.
10.Generally speaking, after eating hard cheese, one should wait 6 hours unless there is a directive stating otherwise on the package.
11.Regarding ice cream cones or the cones of the ‘glida chama’ product. One makes a bracha of shehakol on the ice cream and no bracha on the cone since its function is to hold the ice cream. However, regarding ice cream sandwiches and the cookie at the bottom of a crembo, they are mezonot and require their own bracha. One should make the mezonot bracha first.
12.Gelatin is manufactured from scales of kosher fish. Gelatin is often found in candies. Gelatin found in the general marketplace is manufactured from bones and hides of treif animals.
13.Fish used in gefilte fish are inspected and determined to be worm free. Each fish is inspected to determine it is a kosher species. There is also rigid supervision regarding blood in eggs used and that the eggs and onions are not left out over night (לינת לילה).
14.Regarding barley, there is no fear of ‘chodosh’.
15.Granola – ingredients are inspected to make certain they are insect free. It is recommended that one inspects it again before use since there may be contamination during the storage period. Regarding the bracha, one should separate the ingredients and make separate brachot. If the granola is made from oats, raisins and dried fruit – the product is not cooked but roasted (קליה) and therefore, even though there may be a mix of some of the 5 grains, the bracha is NOT mezonos but we follow the majority, which is toasted oats, hence ‘borei pri ha’adoma’. Some companies do cook the oats, and if that is the case, the bracha is ‘mezonos’.
16.Honey is not cooked, simply warmed slightly. Therefore, it may NOT be added to a cooked heated item that is ‘yad soledes bo’.