Chocolate Chips

Chocolate chips are small chunks of sweetened chocolate, used for cooking, baking or enjoyed as a snack.

Yeast

What is yeast? Yeast is a microscopic fungus that metabolizes carbohydrates (sugars) into carbon dioxide gas and alcohols. It is used as a leavening agent in baking (carbohydrates turn into carbon dioxide and cause the dough to expand; the alcohol … Continued

What is White Vinegar

The word vinegar is a combination of two French words, vin (wine) and aigre (sour). White vinegar, the most commonly used form, is a clear liquid with a sour taste, which is used to add taste in cooking, pickling, and salad dressings.

What Are Probiotics

Probiotics are live micro-organisms (bacteria) that provide many health benefits, especially for the digestive system. Probiotics are found in yogurts and other fermented products and are sold in liquid, powder, capsule, or tablet form. How are probiotics made? The micro-organism … Continued

What’s the Big Deal About Slurpees?

The OK often receives questions from consumers about the kosher status of Slurpees. For example, “During the summer (and even the winter) whenever we pass by a 7-Eleven store, my kids always want to buy Slurpees, but I always say no … Continued

What is Xanthan Gum?

Xanthan gum is a white to tan colored powder used in many food products. It is commonly used in condiments such as salad dressings and sauces, jams and fruit fillings to add viscosity and help stabilize the products by preventing … Continued

What is pectin?

Pectin is a light colored powder used mostly in jams, jellies, fillings, juices, drinks and baked products. Pectin is used for its gelling property which helps give a jelly-like consistency and improves the texture of drinks…

What is Vegetable Oil?

Vegetable oil is oil that is extracted from various types of fruits, seeds, grains, and nuts (all considered vegetables for this purpose). The most popular oils are made from canola, coconut, corn, cottonseed, olive, palm, palm-kernel, peanut, safflower, soybean, and sunflower.