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il davis Mar 23, 1999 05:23 PM

Question: Is monkfish kosher?

Thanks!
il davis

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    Cedrick D. Stafford Mar 6, 2002 02:19 PM

    Hello. I am a USDA Food Inspector currently attending Texas A&M at College Station Texas. I'm currently doing a case study for Veterinary Medicine Department on the pro's of consuming Kosher meat and egg products. I really would like to hear from people who really produce the products and maintain health standards while providing a service. Please return as much Scienticic info as a attachment or journals from professionls in your feild of expertiese.

    Thank You.

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      sophia Feb 8, 2001 11:26 AM

      I have another kosher fish question. Is basa kosher? I fisrt thought it was a kind of bass, but did some research which indicated it is a kind of catfish. Now I'm not sure.

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        pat hammond Feb 8, 2001 11:33 AM

        I know that the catfish is a "bottom feeder" i.e. scavenger. Which, in my limited knowledge, makes it not kosher. I hope I'll be corrected, if I'm wrong. pat

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          C. Fox Feb 8, 2001 10:38 PM

          If it has fins and scales, it's kosher.

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            Jennifer Feb 9, 2001 12:02 AM

            C. Fox and Pat are both right--
            if a fish has fins and scales it is Kosher.
            Catfish do not; no bottom feeder is Kosher.

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              Jack Donlan Aug 8, 2001 09:38 PM

              Kosher ...I just came across your site and would like to clear up a few items regarding fishes which are kosher....bottom feeding has nothing to do with being kosher....carp and freshwater suckers are bottom feeders and these two fishes are kosher..to be classified as a fish the animal must have paired finsaand a back bone and also jaws these must be present to be a fish and again have nothing to due with being kosher...to be kosher a fish must have scales which can be removed with out tearing the skin this requirement eliminates many fishes,,such as American eels..this fish have scales but the scales are small and would require the skin to be torn while trying to remove the scales,sturgeon also have scales but these scales can not be remover without tearing thr skin..there are fishes which do not have scales are these would not be kosher...the fish which we are now seeing for sale in the U.S...the basa fish is a catfish and is not kosher

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                Jerry Ostrowski Feb 14, 2002 06:15 PM

                where can I buy a fish skin remover ?
                Jerry - Chicago

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          adele fishman Jan 27, 2001 04:08 PM

          monkfisk is not kosher, but does anyone know if gurnard (or gurnet) is

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            Jennifer Jan 27, 2001 08:20 PM

            Don't know gurnet but if the fish has both fins and scales it is kosher.

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              Elizabeth Richardson Savage Jan 28, 2002 07:38 AM

              I do not think this is the correct spelling but in the second World War in Britain gurnet was the fish we lived on. It has a jelly type bone in it. It was an extreemly tasty fish to be found in all the fish shops across the land. I have looked for it for the past 37 years here in Canada but never found it again.

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            stephen kaye Mar 23, 1999 05:32 PM

            I don't think so. try chilean sea bass, its better, imho

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              Rosa Rasiel Mar 24, 1999 09:56 PM

              Monkfish is definitely not kosher---but isn't the
              suggestion to try Chilean sea bass irrelevant? They're
              very different kinds of fish. (Apples/oranges?)

              Thanks to this board for linking me to good lists of
              kosher restaurants. My totally treif son and
              daughter-in-law went to La Marais with their glatt
              kosher cousins from Israel and liked it so much they
              put it on their pre-theater list.

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