Hosting A Gathering With Kosher Guests: What You Can Do

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When you live in a household that does not keep kosher, you likely never think about the ways in which kosher and non-kosher dining practices differ. However, if you are holding a gathering at your home in which you will be serving appetizers or snacks to a person who does keep kosher, you may find yourself at a loss as far as what you can and cannot do and serve. Before you panic or accidentally serve your kosher guests something that they cannot eat, get to know some of the things that you can do to honor their dietary requirements and have a happy and inclusive gathering.

Choose Your Menu Carefully

When you are not familiar with the idea of keeping kosher, you may find yourself under false assumptions about the concept. Most people assume that keeping kosher just has to do with not eating pork products; however, there is much more to it than that.

One of the more important and often overlooked kosher practices is the fact that a kosher individual cannot eat meat and dairy together. This means that when you serve appetizers, a meat and cheese tray is problematic. Meat and dairy cannot be served together and especially cannot touch one another for them to be consumed by somebody who keeps kosher.

As such, you will need to choose your menu carefully. Consider serving either meat or dairy, but not both. Also, be sure that the foods that you purchase are labeled explicitly as kosher. For example, rather than just plain pickles, be sure to purchase kosher dill pickles. Even the crackers, meats or cheeses, and anything else you purchase needs to come from the kosher section in order to be sure everything is edible to your guests.

Be Sure You Serve Your Appetizers On Disposable Dishes

People who are very strict in their kosher practices have further requirements for their diet. For example, they cannot eat food that has been placed on a serving platter, plate or bowl that is not kosher.

So, if you and your family are not kosher, your guests may be unable to dine using your dishes and utensils. Purchasing disposable serving platters as well as individual plates and utensils will allow your kosher guests to happily partake in the foods that you are serving.

While it may be a slight challenge to host kosher guests at your next gathering, it is not an impossible task. By ensuring you take these key steps, you can make sure all of your guests, kosher and non-kosher feel respected and welcome in your home.

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