May 21, 2019

Meatless Upscale Foods a Blessing in Disguise for Kosher, Confrere Hears

Meatless Upscale Foods a Blessing in Disguise for Kosher, Confrere HearsNew Hyde Park, NY…The Meatless Burger was one of the new foods that is part of the growing trend for healthier foods, according to Dr. Tim Ryan, President of the Culinary Institute of America, one of the world’s most prestigious culinary institutions. Dr. Ryan’s comments were not lost on the kosher food experts in the audience who participated in a session “Kosher…It’s Not for Jews Anymore, with presentations by Menachem Lubinsky, founder of Kosherfest and Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of the Orthodox Union. The presentations were part of the Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Innovation Summit on May 14th. In a 45-minute presentation, Dr. Ryan showed some examples of the new trends in foods, all welcomed by the kosher community because of the relative ease that some of these natural products can be certified. The kosher community recently learned that the “Impossible Burger,” produced by the Impossible Foods Company, was certified by the OU. The Impossible Burger uses wheat, coconut oil, potatoes, and special ingredient Heme, a molecule that gives the burger its meaty taste. Heme contains iron and can be found in every single plant and animal. The Heme molecule in plant-based Heme is identical to the Heme molecule found in meat. That’s what allows for the richness of the Impossible Burger.