Eat Kosher Food Anywhere
One of my first concerns when traveling to a new place is how I can eat Kosher food. If I’m going to a city with an established Jewish presence or a Chabad Center then I can manage just fine by buying food in a Kosher store or restaurant or at Chabad.
If I’ll be going to a city without any “official” Kosher stores but there’s a branch of a big supermarket chain, then I might find many products with a Kosher symbol on them (like OU).
If I load up with Kosher products in my suitcase before embarking on my trip and have enough to last me till I get home, then that’s wonderful.
Nevertheless sometimes I may find myself “at the end of the world” (Jewish-wise), like Tanzania or French Polynesia without a single Kosher product on the shelves or in my suitcase and that’s when the real challenge starts. This kind of situation tests the basic premise of this website:
A Jew can practice Judaism in every spot on the globe. Sometimes its simpler and sometimes more complex, but it is always possible to fulfill one’s obligations as a Jew anywhere at all time, with a little planning and foresight.
I’ve done some research on the products that don’t need any official Kosher supervision which can suffice to “keep body and soul together” wherever you go. Assuming one needs proteins, carbohydrates. grains and vegetables, then the following is available anywhere in the world.
Foods That Don’t Need Kosher Certification
- Coffee (unflavored)
- Tea (unflavored)
- Corn Meal
- Pure Honey
- Nuts (dry roasted without oil)
- Dried Fruits (without oil)
- Pure Spices (pepper, paprika, sesame, cumin, ginger etc.)
- Bottled Water
- Pure Orange, Grapefruit or Pineapple Juice
It’s a very basic diet but livable in a pinch at least until you can get a larger selection of Kosher food. Of course you’ll need a few cooking utensils and a heat source, but those are basic things anyone can handle.
There is a much larger list of “Foods Which Don’t Need Kosher Supervision” in Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz’s website – KosherQuest though some of the products he mentioned might be valid only in North America or in Western countries and not in every spot on the planet. I would advice contacting Rabbi Eidlitz directly for clarification.
In addition there are some Halachic concerns about the products in my list (Kosher Laws for stuff grown in Israel, bug infestation, blood in eggs and others), which I’ll deal with in a later post.