Yom Kippur, known as the Day of Atonement, and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, mark an important time for Jewish people. These holy days hold several traditions, one of them being a feast amongs loved ones.
Prior to the Yom Kippur fast, Jewish people traditionally eat a Meal of Cessation, also called Seudat Mafseket. Families typically eat a meat meal for lunch, which can consist of breaded chicken, kreplach (stuffed meat dumplings) potatoes, vegetable soup, and dessert. For dinner, there is a hi-carb dairy dish made up of fruit salad, whole wheat bagels with spreads and egg soufflé.
The word kosher in Hebrew means “fit” or “appropriate.” The Torah states that the only type of meat that may be consumed are cattle and game. These animals must “chew the cud” and possess “clove hooves.” Some of the animals considered kosher include sheep, goats, cows and bulls. These animals must be slaughtered humanely, meaning they either must not experience pain or are killed instantly. There are different requirements when it comes to other foods such as eggs, diary, fruits, vegetables and more.
For the best results when handling food, make sure that you pick up some pasteurized dairy products as they help fight off dangerous pathogens that are found in unpasteurized dairy products.
Those who decide to purchase premade food like frozen dumplings should make sure they read storage instructions so they can handle the product properly after opening.
During Rosh Hashanah, various meats and seafood are served such as chicken, gefilte fish and brisket, all which run the risk of being exposed to bacteria. When preparing these proteins make sure you use different cutting boards to avoid cross-contamination. In order to be considered thoroughly cooked, poultry must have the internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Also served during this holiday is roasted vegetables and kugel which is a traditional casserole dish that contains egg. Salmonella is a bacteria that is typically a concern when serving eggs. For eggs to be considered properly cooked, the dish must have an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Following simple safety precautions can keep your food safe during this time of celebration and reflection.