Secrets to Cooking with Red Wine Vinegar

According Readers Digest Food in an article written by Perri O. Blumberg

Red Wine Vinegar adds surprising brightness to multiple dishes and foods. The growing demand for salads as a snack item is making Red Wine Vinegar the perfect substitute for other dressings.

Look at the other ways Red Wine Vinegar can enhance your meals:

  • Can be used as a marinade for meats
  • Pair with sautéed onions for a delicious garnish
  • Great for summer salads with sweet fruits
  • Add a dash to cilantro-infused guacamole
  • Use as a sauce to finish dishes

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Lemon Olive Oil Cake

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Lindsey from Kosher Art Cooking used our 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil in their olive oil cake recipe and it tastes delicious!

Our extra virgin olive oil provides powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidants and polyphenols loaded with health benefits for a unique flavor. No preservatives or additives added either.

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Lemon Olive Oil Cake

By Lindsey

Prep Time: 60 min Serves: 12

1/2 cup De La Rosa 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 tsp salt

4 eggs

1 Lemon Zest lemon

2 lemons

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup flour

1/2 cup powdered sugar

6 slices dried lemon

1 cup sugar

Get all ingredients together! Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put a little bit of Olive Oil in a pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. I used a Heart pan! Beat together the eggs and sugar until very Fluffy in a mixer on high setting for 6 minutes. After beating it together put the olive oil and 2 lemons juice into the eggs and sugar. Use a rubber spatula and fold the ingredients together. Take another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Then fold in all ingredients together.

Beat together the eggs and sugar until very fluffy in a mixer on high setting for 6 minutes. After beating it together put the olive oil and 2 lemons juice into the eggs and sugar. Use a rubber spatula and fold the ingredients together. Take another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Then fold in all ingredients together.

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Pour Cake batter into pan and cook for 35 mins

Wait 5 mins till cake is cool. Then sprinkle Powered Sugar on top of the cake.

Top cake with 6 dried lemon slices!



What is strictly forbidden in Kosher foods?

We all know that Kosher foods are the foods consumed by the Jewish people, which meet the requirements of their religion, but how much do we actually know about Kosher foods? What are the foods that Jewish individuals cannot eat? Why is that the case? Here is a brief rundown of the foods that are forbidden to be consumed under Kosher law.

First we will look at meat. Kosher meat must comply with a number of rules under Jewish dietary law. The only types of meat that can be consumed are cattle and game that has cloven hooves and, in the word of the Torah, “chew the cud”. If for example the animal only qualifies for one of these, like the pig for example, then its meat cannot be consumed. Animals that are Kosher are bulls, sheep, lambs, goats, veal, springbok and cows. When the animal is slaughtered, it must be done under the supervision of a Kosher Supervisor. The carcass must be have the blood removed, as well as the veins and the skin. To do this the meat is trebered, then soaked in a bath, then put on special salting tables for an hour on each side.

For birds, the only birds that can be consumed are goose, duck, chick and turkey.

All dairy products must come from Kosher animals and it must not contain any additives that are not Kosher.

One interesting Kosher rule is that it is against dietary law to combine meat and milk. According to the Torah, you cannot cook a young animal in the milk of its mother. As such, milk and meat products can never be mixed together, whether it is cooking them together, or serving them together at the table.

Eggs are allowed, but not if they contain eggs, so all eggs must be examined individually.

Only fish with fins and scales can be consumed, which includes tuna, herring and salmon. Lobster, crab, mussels and shrimp cannot be consumed.

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Written by: Yehudith Girshberg

Is Kosher Organic?

imagesThe thing with Kosher food is that it has to be made in a certain way, and it has to follow very strict guidelines. The guidelines are so strict that most Kosher food plants are actually exempt from inspections and certifications because the standards are so high there is no need to inspect. This then begs the question about whether or not kosher is actually organic.

Organic food is concerned with how food is contaminated with various chemicals and through the use of GMOs. Organic food is food that is not harmful to human health, and does not have anything in it that can harm the person, nor the planet, from the process of growing to ingesting.

Kosher is a bit different in that it is concerned with how the food conforms with the dietary laws of the Jewish people. Any contamination of these rules could compromise the laws, and that is why Kosher products are certified so highly. A person who only eats organic, eating an apple grown in an inorganic way, is not going to have a question of faith, but a Jewish person eating something that isn’t kosher can have that crisis.

In both organic and kosher processing of products, the equipment must be certified in a certain way. Organic food can’t have any equipment that uses harsh chemicals, while kosher products can’t be made by equipment that makes non-kosher items.

One of the biggest differences between the certifications is that organic certification is managed by the United States Department of Agriculture, and is set down in laws from the federal government. In contrast, kosher is only answerable to the rabbi at the particular kosher certification agency handling that product or processing facility.

So, is kosher organic? No, it is not. Organic food can be made in a non-kosher way, and kosher food can be made in a non-organic way. A chicken can be made in a kosher way, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t raised in harsh conditions, or with certain by-products in it.

If you want kosher, then get a kosher certified food. If you want organic, then go with an organic certified food.

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Organic Kosher

imagesEating kosher is very important to people of the Jewish faith. It is central to their belief. Just because they need their food prepared in a certain way, that doesn’t mean they should be going without food that is organic. No different than everyone else, they deserve to have the option of organic. So, where can one get organic kosher?

The laws regarding kosher slaughter are so strong that the USDA has exempted kosher butchers and slaughterhouses from regulations, so you already know you are getting good quality food. Of course, that doesn’t mean you are getting organic food. Under kosher law, kosher food must be prepared in accordance with Jewish dietary laws. Foods that are not kosher include any shellfish, reptile, birds such as eagles and owls, and mammals such as pigs and rabbits. For other species, the meat must be slaughtered in a certain manner to be considered kosher, often under supervision of a rabbi. In addition, meat and dairy products cannot be consumed at the same time. Any kosher food that is prepared with, or from, non-kosher food is no longer considered to be kosher.

As foods have become more complex, with more ingredients and more processing, more and more kosher foods have kosher labelling. Kosher is also not just for Jewish people, but Muslims as well. Roughly 16 per cent of the $100 billion spent in the United States on kosher food comes from Muslim individuals.

Kosher food has more supervision than other foods, so many see it as an alternative to unhealthy processed foods.

Where does organic kosher come in then? Well, organic kosher is the same as regular kosher food in that it has to follow the same rules and regulations that are seen with other organic food. The only difference is that it is kosher. Although, given the large guidelines in place, it could be said that kosher food is more organic than many other “organic” brands out there. If you are concerned about what you are eating and want a healthier option, then you may want to consider eating kosher. You don’t have to be Jewish to eat kosher, and organic kosher is probably the cleanest food out there.

Give it a try.

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Kosher Vinegar…..what is it?

For various belief systems, there are foods that cannot be consumed. Often, this is pork and that is by far the most commonly-known food that is forbidden but there are other foods, including vinegar. As such, kosher vinegar is becoming popular among those who practice kosher beliefs. What exactly is it though, and how does it differ from other forms of vinegar?

First, let’s look at what kosher is exactly. Kosher foods are foods that conform to the Jewish dietary law and foods that may be consumed according to Jewish law are called kosher, which comes from the word kasher. Kasher means fit in Hebrew. There are several reasons for foods not being kosher including ingredients that are derived from animals that are not kosher, or from kosher animals that were not slaughtered in the proper manner. Mixtures of meat, milk, wine and grape not produced without supervision are also deemed as not being kosher. It is in this last point that we see how vinegar cannot be kosher. In order to make kosher vinegar, there are several issues that must be addressed when producing the vinegar. For typical vinegar fermentation, the requirement is that the wine be kosher, pasteurized, or made by Torah-observant workers. If any ingredients are added into the vinegar, they must also be kosher. Casks used to ferment the kosher vinegar cannot have been used to ferment non-kosher vinegars or wines either.

During the acetobactor generator process, several alcohols can be used for the conversion and these alcohols must be taken from certain sources. The alcohol can come from other countries and if the country of origin is a major producer of wine, then there is a good chance that the alcohol comes from grapes as well. If the vinegar company uses an alcohol that comes from grape, all subsequent vinegar products from the grape alcohol would then be non-kosher. This would be very bad and it is why it is so important that the sources of the alcohol are known, and that the company in the other country follows kosher practices. Another problem is that some countries, like New Zealand, are large producers of milk and alcohol there is often produced from fermented whey. When a vinegar company imports alcohol from a country like New Zealand, there is a chance the alcohol comes from dairy and would then be non-kosher.

It is vitally important, that through the entire process, everything in kosher vinegar is, in fact, kosher.


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What is so great about grape seed oil?

grapesThe world provides us with many different things to help us be healthy and happy. There are many things you can consume, but few things are better than fruits and vegetables. When we think about eating fruits and vegetables, you think about eating crunchy apples and leafy greens, but what about the oils of various fruits and vegetables?

One such oil is grape seed oil. This oil, created from the pressing of the seeds of grapes, is used in a variety of applications, and is a huge by-product of winemaking.

Grape seed oil is often used in cooking, especially as a salad dressing and mayonnaise, as well as a base for various infusions like garlic and rosemary. It can be sprayed on raisins to help the raisins keep their flavor, and grape seed oil is also put on pancakes, waffles and baked goods.

Cosmetics also use grape seed oil heavily, especially as an ingredient to keep moisture of the skin. Light and thin, grape seed oil is great for creating a glossy film over the skin when used as a carrier oil. Grape seed oil is also used as a lubricant in shaving. It can also help to grow and strengthen hair.

Grape seed oil also has a lot of health benefits attached to it. In a study done in 1993, it was found that grape seed oil helps to increase the good cholesterol levels in the body, while reducing the levels of bad cholesterol. Grape seed oil also contains a lot of antioxidants and biologically-active compounds that are believed to help combat cancer. It is believed that the antioxidants in grape seed oil is 50 times stronger than the antioxidants in vitamin C and E.

The linoleic acid in grape seed oil also helps deal with diabetes. Grape seed oil can also help to strengthen and repair damaged or broken capillaries and blood vessels. For inflammation, grape seed oil has been found to be anti-inflammatory in nature, helping to relieve pain and swelling caused by arthritis. It can also help to increase blood flow in the body, while also helping the immune system.

For wounds, grape seed oil can also help to heal wounds thanks to the linoleic acid levels. If you are looking for Vitamin E, grape seed oil is great because it is extremely high in the vitamin, which is essential to helping to fight cancer.

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Why Go Organic With Olive Oil?

OlivesfromjordanOlive oil is a wonderful product that is used by cooks around the world, especially in dishes of the Mediterranean. It is used on salads, used with foods that are to be eaten cold and can be a healthy substitute for many other oils. Of course, the olive oil you get can differ depending on the type, but one type you always want to get is organic.

When people buy organic, they tend to look for organic fruits and vegetables, while ignoring something like olive oil. Organic Olive Oil is just as important, despite the lesser attention it seems to receive.

One of the most important things to keep in mind is that the olive has a very delicate skin, so when pesticides are used, they can penetrate easily into the olive and they typically cannot be removed easily through washing or peeling of the olive. Once that pesticide hits the olive, it becomes part of the olive through the entire process. From the moment it is picked down to the moment when it goes on your salad. This is why going organic is such a good idea when dealing with olive oil.

This is just the damage the pesticide can do you to you, but what about the much larger damage that is done to the environment. In a study published by the Economist in 2008, it was found that the production and farming of large-scale olive oil produced in conventional means causes massive problems for the local environment. Olive oil trees are planted in huge quantities, and require an immense amount of watering to help the olive trees grow, while gas-guzzling machines are used to pick the olives from the trees. In order to reduce the costs related to making olive oil, companies will extract the oil from olives in huge batches using heat technology. This all produces greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. This manner of production is also contributing to a huge amount of soil erosion and desertification throughout various areas of Italy, Portugal, Greece and Spain.

Organic, small-scale production of olive oil is done in a much different, more sustainable way. Often, olives are plucked from the trees by hand, then cold-pressed in order to get the oil. This is the way the oil has been produced for thousands of years in the Mediterranean and the olive oil tends to be much higher quality as a result.

By choosing Organic Olive Oil from smaller manufacturers, you are not only getting a better product, but you are helping the environment both worldwide, and in the countries where the olives are grown.

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Written by: Yehudith Girshberg