Finding the most humanely raised and slaughtered kosher meat can be a daunting task – but, as consumers we have the opportunity to support the farmers who are at the forefront of upholding higher standards of animal welfare in production. A simple rule for buying the highest welfare meat available is to buy welfare-certified products, heritage poultry, and domestically raised 100% grass-fed beef. All of these products represent meat which is totally or near totally removed from factory farming.
Most of the other products listed below have certain welfare advantages but these advantages may be outweighed by low welfare practices inherent to those supply chains, such as: unhealthy genetics that cause lameness and poor growth, grain feeding, confinement on feedlots, or shackling and hoisting of mammals during slaughter.
We encourage you to also look here to find out more about assessing welfare of the animal products you consume.
As we work towards a healthier and more sustainable food system where we will be able to meet all of our food values all the time, we are making a new, deeper commitment to foster growth and demand for the highest welfare kosher meat available.
Starting at the Hazon Food Conference in August 2018, Isabella Freedman has pledged to increase the heritage chicken (as defined by the American Poultry Association) that Hazon sources each year by at least 5% and we will no longer serve any conventionally bred turkey. Over the next 7-year period, we intend to incrementally move towards improving the welfare of the chickens that produce our meat and eggs, with a vision toward eliminating all conventionally bred chicken from our menu. Working with Grow & Behold and JIFA (Jewish Initiative for Animals) and other allies, we aim to shift the percentage of kosher chicken that is heritage, which is important for both public health, the long-term stability of the food supply, and animal welfare.
The initial heritage chickens will hatch from eggs laid at Frank Reese’s farm, Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch. Frank focuses on animal welfare, breed conservancy, and environmental stewardship. We are also pleased to be able to support the important work that Frank is doing to safeguard genetic diversity and to preserve ways to raise poultry outside the currently dominant factory farm system.
In addition to our commitment to serving heritage chicken, and in an attempt to reduce meat consumption overall, at Isabella Freedman we are developing new and creative plant-centered menus which can be augmented by flavorful preparations of meat. Some people are accustomed to always having meat at Shabbat or holiday meals. How do we take the Jewish sensibility of elevating holiday time with a particular food to enhance our understanding of, and commitment to, sustainability and gratitude? As we think about the food we use to sanctify our holiest of times, let’s make sure the food is a sanctification of life, the world, and all of our blessings. Using Michael Pollan’s approach of ‘The Third Plate’, we will be taking a ‘less meat, better meat’ approach to our meat consumption, including over Shabbat.
We will also continue to purchase our eggs from Oliver’s Organic Pastured Eggs, who maintain NOFA-NY certified organic, free-range hens. We have also connected Oliver’s with Red Barn Produce, a local wholesaler who has started selling their eggs and expanding the market for higher welfare eggs in the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires.
We encourage you to join us and help build the market for heritage poultry, higher welfare eggs, and less meat, better meat approaches to food purchasing.
- Hechsher: Star K and OU More info here
- Recommended Products – Heritage Chicken
- Other available products – Beef, Duck, Lamb, Veal, Chicken, Turkey
- Distribution: Next-day nationwide shipping, home delivery in the NY/NJ area plus buying clubs in cities nationwide
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 1-888-790-5781
- Hechsher: Star K (other hechshers on select products) more info here
- Recommended Products – AT & OT Beef, Heritage Chicken
- Other available products – GR Beef, chicken, turkey and duck, lamb
- Distribution: Next-day nationwide shipping plus buying clubs in cities nationwide
- Contact: email@example.com 1-888-366-3565
- Hechsher: Currently processing their birds at an OU facility
- Products: Slower growing pastured chicken, pastured chicken, turkey, duck eggs
- Distribution: Year-round pick-up and buying clubs in New England.
- Contact: Info@Robariah.com
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Tiferet Organic sells 100% grass-fed beef.
Hai Bari certified products are the highest available welfare animal products in Israel. Some small farms in Israel may offer heritage breed poultry and 100% grassfed beef or lamb, though this is exceedingly rare and not at this time available from a Hai Bari certificated brand.
Questions? Want to continue the conversation? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kosher Beef and Poultry Alternatives
Do you want to promote the highest form of animal welfare? Are you interested in trying some meat alternatives? Here is some kosher inspiration to get you started:
- Vegan Recipes for Every Meal, Every Occasion – Jewish Veg
- The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Meats and Meat Substitutes – One Green Planet
- 15 Essential Ingredients for Vegetarian & Vegan Pantries – The Kitchn
- Adopting a Plant Based Diet – Shamayim V’Aretz Institute
For some more veggie inspiration, here are The Forward’s recipes and articles on vegetarianism.
Below are companies that offer delicious and kosher meat alternatives:
80% our products are certified KSA. The list below provides exceptions to our largely Kosher family.
The following Tofurky products are NOT certified Kosher:
- Gravy (that accompanies our Roasts)
Beyond Meat (vegan)
While our products have been Star-K Kosher certified in the past, we recently added a new production location and have yet to regain our Kosher certification. We are working on this and hope to be certified again in the not too distant future.
Primal Spirit Foods (vegan & kosher)
Lightlife (offers both vegan and vegetarian products & all refrigerated products are kosher)
All gardein frozen retail products made after July 1, 2013 are certified kosher (by BC Kosher – a division of the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of BC Canada) with the exception of our chick’n sliders, beefless sliders, and black bean sliders.
Yves Veggie Cuisine (offers both vegan and vegetarian products)
Most Yves Veggie Cuisine® products are kosher certified by the Orthodox Union. This certification is indicated on the packaging. The Orthodox Union approves every aspect of our products including raw materials and processing standards.