Who can tell me if these meats are kosher and/or halaal?

I’m inviting friends an I want to cook for them. But some of them are Muslim and some of them are Jews. Can somebody tell me, which meat is kosher (so the Jews can eat it) and halal (so the Muslims can eat it). I know that sheep and goat are OK for both, bur what about beef, boar, venison, kangaroo, ostrich, rabbit/hare, chicken and fish? Can somebody tell me?

Answer #1

Are you speaking of halaal? You need to determine if the meat that you are buying is halaal for Muslims. Halaal means that before the animal was killed and while it was killed it was prayed for. I think you should enquire from the persons you are buying the meat.

As for the Jewish, they do not eat pork at all. Also some Muslims and jews are fully vegetarian while others stick to only their religious beliefs.

I think the best thing would be to ask your friends what they eat and don’t eat. My Muslim friends fast certain days of the week and year and so do my Jewish friends. I know both eat chicken and fish (those are usually very safe options to go to).

Answer #2

Oops. I got the word wrong.

Answer #3

Okay. So I’d better ask everyone to make sure…

Answer #4

Yep, that would be the best. Just ask them to write down a list of what they don’t eat and what they do it. Make sure to include both meat and vegetables. It can be tricky.

Answer #5

Thank you, Irene.

Answer #6

:-) <- big smile

Answer #7

You’re welcome :) Enjoy the food.

Answer #8

Oh another thing I forgot to mention (this is especially important with the halaal). Remember to keep the packages, because your guests might want to see that it is in fact halaal and that you aren’t lying to them.

Answer #9

Ok. Having grown up in a Muslim home, I know for sure Chicken, beef, goat and fish are all ok..The rabbit might be ok too, but you can always ask the person that is killing the animal to be sure, and make sure they say the prayer when the kill the animal and all the blood is drained else it will not be Halal and your Muslim friends will not eat it

Answer #10

True..My dad still does that to me..

Answer #11

thanx :-)

Answer #12

Okay. I don’t think they’re that paranoid. But I’ll do it.

Answer #13

They probably won’t be, but depending on the person they could take their religion extremely serious.

Answer #14

It’s the same for Kosher foods, its killing has to be overseen by a Rabbi, and it’d done a certain way. With any Kosher foods, there are symbols on the packages so that you can know, and you’ll know what level of Kosher they are as well. If the Jews that are coming keep Kosher entirely, you might have your work cut out for you. For a few of the Kosher symbols: http://funadvice.com/r/14st3llj8nm

Answer #15

First of all, just because someone is Jewish or Muslim, does not mean they follow dietary restrictions, so find out from them how strict they are. Now, as for Kosher meat or Halal meat, that depends on how it was killed, so it depends on where you buy if from. Depending on how religious a Jewish person is, there are dishes that can’t touch (like meats and dairy products), so they may not actually eat any meats outside their home or a place they know is completely Kosher, and a Muslim person may also prefer to go vegetarian in order to observe this (as far as I know they aren’t actually vegetarian, it is just precautionary). I am sorry, but your question is far to vague. I suggest you consult with the people you are dining with.

Answer #16

In addition to sheep and goats, beef and chicken are also kosher species. So are some fish, but not all species of fish. Boar, venison, kangaroo, ostrich, and rabbit are not kosher.

As someone mentioned, the meat of kosher species is only kosher if the animal was slaughtered in the prescribed manner, so you have to get it from a kosher source - either a kosher butcher, or packaged meat with any one of several kosher symbols on it.

Another requirement is that it not be cooked or served with anything that includes any kind of dairy (milk-derived) product or ingredient. Meat cannot be cooked with milk, cream, butter, or cheese, or with anything that has any of those in it; nor can it be served in the same meal as any such food or ingredient.

But even if you get kosher meat and avoid all dairy products, it will still not ordinarily be kosher after you cook it in your non-kosher kitchen. You can, however, keep it kosher by first thoroughly double-wrapping it in foil (that means 2 full layers) and then baking it. That can work fine for chicken or fish; I don’t know about beef or lamb.

Now that you have kosher cooked meat, it still won’t be kosher if you serve it on your normal non-kosher tableware. You would need to use previously unused plates, cups, forks and knives, etc. - but those can be disposable, like paper or plastic.

If any of your Jewish guests are fully observant of Jewish dietary laws, what I have described will give you some basic guidance, but you’ll still need to check with them about the particulars. Many Jews who do not keep fully kosher will still not eat unkosher species. As you have already discovered, you have to find out the needs of each of your guests.

I’ve written this mainly to show that while it is possible for a non-kosher host to serve a fully kosher meal, it is far from simple.

Answer #17

I can’t go through all the different kinds of fish, but If you tell me what species of fish you might serve, I’ll tell you which of them are kosher. Here are two clues to start with: Shellfish are never kosher. Fish must have fins and scales (not necessarily when you serve them, but when they are alive).

Answer #18

Thank you, trenth. I tried to click the like button, but it just won’t work. I’ll try to like you again later.

Answer #19

I found out from my friends that salmon or trout are kosher fish. And calamari are not.

Answer #20

Correct on all three. And no problem with dairy, either, if you serve fish instead of meat.

Answer #21

“I’ll try to like you again later.”

Yeah, that’s what people are always telling me, lol :P

Answer #22

hm, the Like button on your original reply just doesn’t seem to work for me. :-(

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