Sunday, September 12, 2010

Joke of the day Kosher food shopping

The other day, I am sitting talking to a friend and I noticed that there is a great big kosher symbol on the bag of potatoe chips that she is eating. They were 7-Select potatoe chips. I asked the question that started to creep in my head.

"Did you buy those potatoe chips at 7-Eleven?!"

"Yes."

"Why the heck would anyone concerned with keeping kosher even think about stepping into a 7-Eleven?!"

Ok, my friend had no answer. She is not Jewish, therefore probably does not even understand how difficult keeping kosher is. I am not Jewish either (except by very distant blood), but I do have a glimmer of an idea what it is like to keep kosher.

For one thing, you do not want to eat any pork products...7-Eleven is full of pork products, including yummy delicious fried pork skins. (Ok, I think that pork skins are delicious; I have been told repeatly that I am wrong.) I am not sure what the hot dogs are made of...but I am guessing pork and other associated mystery meats. I do know that they are selling ham sandwiches...with cheese on them. And isn't just walking into such a place unkosher?!

I might be wrong, but I don't see how anyone concerned with whether or not their potatoe chips are kosher can even step into a 7-Eleven.

And yes, as always, you can point out what I am overlooking by leaving a comment in the comment section. I would also like to hear the strangest food item you have seen a kosher symbol on, and/or the strangest place you spotted said item at.

2 comments:

Harold Roth said...

I kept kosher for years. It's perfectly fine to eat potato chips from 7-Eleven if they are marked with the hechser showing they are kosher. The bag is sealed. If the potato chips were loose in a bin beneath a hot sausage display, it would be a different story.

There is no reason for someone who is keeping kosher not to go to 7-Eleven or any other non-kosher shop and pick up a carton of milk or any other packaged item. Grocery stores are not kosher either, and people shop in them all the time. Packaged stuff is pretty much never an issue. Likewise, lots of folks who keep kosher eat vegetarian when they are out to simplify things.

Morgan Drake Eckstein said...

Thanks for explaining that. I suspected that I was overlooking something obvious, and lo and behold---I was.