Questions tagged [dairy]

Questions about milk and its derivatives. But for questions about combining milk and meat, use the basar-bechalav tag instead.

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Why doesn't the OU put DE on food packages anymore?

The OU used to put DE next to the OU symbol when a product was Dairy Equipment. Such a product can not be eaten with meat but can be eaten right afterwards (you don't need to wait the amount of time ...
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Dairy that you have to wait 6 hours after eating it

Which dairy is considered sharp and requires you to wait 6 hours afterwards, prior to eating meat?
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Does dividing bulk Kosher items make them no longer Kosher?

Background: I am responsible for religious access in our jail. We have several Jewish inmates who are complaining that by opening the bulk Kosher powdered milk and dividing it into single servings, ...
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Fish eaten with milk?

Is there any halachik problem with eating fish and milk together? (A classic example is a bagel with lox and cream cheese)
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Why do Ashkenazim eat Milchigs (dairy) on Shavuos?

Why do Ashkenazim have a Minhag to eat Milchigs (dairy) on Shavuos?
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Why is Soy milk considered Parve and not Milchig/Halavi?

Considering that milk is forbidden with chicken (as stated in this answer), because chicken could be confused with meat, why isn't soy milk considered milchig as well? In Israel, chicken is ...
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How old is the custom to eat dairy on Shavuos?

I don't think I've ever seen a rationalization for this custom in works earlier than those of the Acharonim. I've never seen any Rishonim even mention it; certainly not earlier authors. What's the ...
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Creating a crowd-sourced database of non-dairy OU-D products

Several questions/answers on this site have pointed out that the OU-D hechsher does not always mean that the product is actually dairy. (But that it is, in reality, "OU-DE" [dairy equipment]. See here ...
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Finding Meat After 6 Hours

Suppose you wait 6 hours (or more) and then realize you have a small piece of meat stuck in your teeth: Do you have to remove it before eating dairy? [assuming you have to remove it] Do you have to ...
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What is the bracha on “cookies and cream” flavor ice cream?

I saw here that Rav Belsky holds the following: One of the flavors of Klein's parve ice cream is "Cookies and Cream" which contains cookie crumbs or bits which are sprinkled through areas of ...
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Milk-free cheese: Is it kosher? Parve?

So according to this article, scientists have created cheese by inserting DNA blueprints into a yeast. Essentially, the milk proteins are being created outside of any animal, through genetic ...
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Kosher Cheese without a posted hechsher

I live in a remote area of Canada and don't have access to a kosher market to buy cheese. There are many European imports in the local super, and I was wondering if there is a list of cheeses which ...
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In what countries is chalav yisrael not required for milk?

The Talmud says milk is not kosher unless a Jew supervises the milking, to be sure it's just kosher-animal milk. Assuming one goes by the ruling of R' Moshe Feinstein and others that "knowing" is ...
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Can a mother taste her own breastmilk?

Can a mother drink/taste her own breastmilk? I know theres an issur for a non-baby to drink directly from the breast; but, what about from a cup? Further, if it is indeed assur (even from a cup), ...
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What was the dietary source of calcium in Talmudic times?

The Mishna in Ketubot Chapter 5 describes the basic diet of a working-class woman at the time (around the year 200): ה,ז [ח] המשרה את אשתו על ידי שליש--לא יפחות לה מקביים חיטים, או מארבעת קבים ...
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How was kosher cheese made before artificial rennet?

I understood that cheese is made by throwing in Stomach hide into milk and letting it congeal. How was kosher cheese made (where one's not allowed to mix milk and meat)? Now we use chemicals or ...
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Who certified this yogurt as kosher?

Looking at unclear hechshers on some yogurt packages: Dannon "Light and Fit" yogurt has a capital K without any other identifier. Yoplait "Light" has a capital K D. I was told that the letter K ...
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If a product with a Hechsher doesn't say dairy does that mean it's pareve?

I'm not sure when this practice started, but I noticed that many/most/all Kosher Certifications indicate whether a product is dairy or not. Does a lack of such a marking indicate that the product is ...
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Is watching via webcam valid for cholov yisroel?

Would milk be considered cholov yisroel if someone was watching via webcam?
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No Dairy on Pesach

Someone told me that there is a Minhag (by some) not to eat dairy the entire Pesach. I was wondering what the reason is?
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Milk and 'Ever Min HaḤai

This article at the end mentions a famous Halachic distinction made between the prohibition of 'Ever Min HaḤai as it pertains to Jews vs gentiles. For gentiles 'Ever Min HaḤai doesn't apply to milk, ...
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Bracha on breastmilk?

Should a child old enough to make brachos who is not weaned be encouraged to make a bracha on breastmilk? If so which one? Are there any direct sources for this?
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What is the point of a hechsher on Cholov Stam?

I assume that the widespread custom of eating/drinking Cholov Stam products (products using milk in which the milking was not observed by a Jew) is relying on the leniency of R' Moshe Feinstein that ...
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Why is the wait between meat and milk not halachically calculated?

Why don’t we use halachic hours to calculate how long you should wait in between eating meat and milk or vise verse? This would make a significant difference in different seasons like winter and ...
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Were the Israelites' pots really ben yoman when they received the Torah?

In the Mishnah Brurah's explanation for the custom of eating dairy foods on Shavuot (Orach Chaim 494:12), he mentions that the Israelites' pots had been used for non-kosher food within the past 24 ...
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Milchigs (dairy) on Shavuos - when is the proper time?

When is the proper time to eat dairy on Shavuos? (night meal, day meal, prior to day meal, Shul Kiddush)
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Working in a non kosher yogurt store

I was asked a question this afternoon and I don't know a good answer (yet) so I'm posting it. I have been asked in the past whether a Jewish person may work in a non-Kosher restaurant that serves ...
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Can one make yoghurt on Shabbos?

Yoghurt can be made by holding a small quantity of live yoghurt mixed with fresh milk and stirred and kept at a constant temperature (38C or 100F) for up to 12 hours. Can the mixture be put in an ...
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Allergen information says “may contain…”

If a product is labeled dairy, but the allergen information says "may contain traces of milk," can I assume that it is actually only dairy equipment? If it didn't say anything, maybe they just didn't ...
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Beracha achrona on yogurt?

Do you make a boreh nefashot on yogurt according to sepharadim? Is it treated like a liquid, like ice cream, or as a solid? This is in relations to the time needed to eat it. If it's liquid, you ...
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How to say mizonos first on an ice cream cone

Normally when faced with eating two foods where one takes a "mizonos" blessing for grain products, and another takes an all-encompassing "shehakol" blessing, we try to eat the mizonos food first. How ...
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How is it possible for a pot of meat to become pareve? [closed]

I was recently posed the following puzzle: You have a pot of meat. You put in milk. It becomes pareve. How can this be? Any ideas on how this is possible?
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Are separate glasses required for milk and meat?

It seems to me that there are some interesting things which are done in virtually every kosher Jewish home that may have no basis in halachah. I think that having separate glasses for meat and dairy ...
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What ingredients are dairy? [closed]

So I have this product in my hand. I'm assuming that I can't always rely on the Kosher certification to indicate dairy status. I look over at the ingredients panel... What are the ingredients I ...
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What defines “hard cheese” [duplicate]

I grew up with the minhag that after "hard cheese", one must wait for 15 minutes before one may eat meat. However, the question often arises as to what qualifies as such in terms of halacha and minhag,...
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Passover baking with milk instead of water

Juices and liquids constituted partly of water, but themselves not pure water, do not create chametz when mixed with flour, according to another set of answers here on Mi Yodeya. Does this same ...
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Why don't kashrut agencies mark on certain cheeses that one must wait 6 hours?

While shopping for Shavu'ot, I noticed that the caterer had marked on their eggplant rollatini "made with 6-hour cheese". I was pleased that they did this, as I had never seen this marking, previously....
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Suckling directly from a kosher animal

After scouring the internet for various legitimate medical cures to a certain innocuous virus, several obscure websites suggest suckling directly from the teat of a goat (mirrored by several people my ...
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Are milchigs forbidden on Yom Tov? What about Shavuos?

I recently stumbled upon a page that said this: Eating Dairy Products on Shavuot Many families have a custom to eat dairy products on Shavuot. As noted above, Darkei Teshuva questions this ...
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Are you allowed to make ice cream on shabbos?

Let's assume the steps are: Mix milk, cream, sugar, flavoring (all cold). Put in a container. Mix ice and salt in a bigger container, then put previous container into this one. Shake everything for ...
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looking for a cholov yisrael product

Where can I find cholov yisrael evaporated milk, not powdered milk nor condensed, in the central NJ area? I have been unable to locate any.
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Who holds that Cholov Yisroel is not a chumra? [duplicate]

Which groups or authorities consider Cholov Yisroel to be normative halacha and not a chumra? (Possibly equal to, "Who considers cholov stam treyf"?)
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Why does cholov yisroel milk have such a short shelf life?

Since I started keeping cholov yisroel at home, I've had to change my buying habits because the milk (and yogurt) spoils so fast. I've tried several brands from several stores, and it is always the ...
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What is the problem with non kosher rennet [duplicate]

Before I begin my question I need to explain specifically what and how rennet is made. Rennet are enzymes scraped from the stomach of an animal, and is used to help give cheese it's texture. So my ...
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Milk of a woman — Only for a sick person or even healthy?

In says in Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah Siman 81 SIf 7 that it's muter to drink chalav isha (the milk of a Woman) as long as it's "pirush" from the body (i.e. it was already extracted and now inside of a ...
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Milk & Meat Tradition

At what point in Jewish history did waiting 6 hours between milk and meat become the uniform approach in most communities (or in some places 1 hour or 3 hours)? Prior to communities adopting uniform ...
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Is K-כשר kosher?

What is the kashrut authority behind the K-כשר symbol that is now used on Kirkland Signature milk sold at Costco?:
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Why does rennet need to come from a kosher animal?

Kosher cheese needs to be made using kosher rennet which either comes from a kosher animal or is vegetarian. Using rennet from a kosher animal is not an issue of בשר בחלב b/c the rennet is from an ...
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Beracha Achronah on milk

We say a special Beracha Achronah on the seven species that Eretz Yisroel is praised in the Possuk Eretz Zeis Shemen etc. My question is, since Eretz Yisroel is also praised with milk (albeit in ...
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Have infants ever been instructed to bless on mothers milk?

This biography of Rabbi Zalman Volozhin, brother of famed Rabbi Chaim, reports that at the age of one year old he was trained by his mother to recite a blessing before suckling her milk. Is such an ...