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Jan 13, 2008 03:06 PM

Kosher Vending Machines

Has anyone tried the new kosher hot food vending machines' food?

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  1. at kosherfest I tried one that made paninis-it was really good

    1. Brilliant! I wish them much mazel! The possibilities are enormous. No need for mashgiach on premises, so cost can be kept down therefore lots of possible locations. Terminal 4 at JFK should be their next location! Please put one somewhere in downtown Brooklyn near the courts. Penn station please, we need more than the controversial Krispy Kreme donut.

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      1. re: MartyB

        Convenience Foods. FKF Vending debuted kosher hot-food vending machines that warm up premade panini, pastrami sandwiches, and ricotta-zucchini–pine nut baguettes, among other offerings. Founder Andrew Pieri aims to market his product to corporations and hospitals, which would get the machines for free but give up a percentage of the sales to him

        1. re: alyssak

          these types of cooked food vending machines are very popular in South East Asia (because they are turned over daily, kept impeccably clean, and sell food from stores over crowded with customers), but they will fail here in America. don't you love the way they make it sound like some guy in NJ came up with the machine - since they have thousends of them overseas, LOL.

          most customers here simply won't buy cooked food they can't see or confirm it's fresh first unless they are desperately hungry. the entire vending machine industry is contracting here in the US as more and more schools remove them,so the Kosher or Halal market is not enough to buck that trend, as people's mentality has changed to be anti-vending machine. Every vending machine vendor I know ends up being a crook, by selling substandard expired items to stay profitable. That abuse simply won't fly with a cooked food vending machine.

          The first time anyone uses it and gets old food, it will be the last time they trust one. In addition, for them to get liability insurance for people getting sick from this food, it's got to have tons of preservatives and salt in it, making the food substandard to all but the most desperately hungry consumer. Basically, that means Kosher consumers who normally frequent the building the machine is found, are still going to bring a bag lunch.

          Lastly, though I hate to admit it... a Kosher vending machine will be a magnet for vandalism by anti semites. I know NY'kers don't want to admit it, but trust me, there are a lot of them out there, even in white collar corporations and especially in hospitals.

          1. re: Joe Berger

            Just tried a panini from one of these machines at LIJ Hospital. I wasnt desperately hungry; just curious how it would taste. It was $6.50 and wouldnt take bills larger than a $5. i used exact change, so im not sure how easy it would be to get all that change out of the little coin-change slot were u to put in two 5s. i got the schwarma on a baguette. the other options were chicken or 2 hotdogs in a panini, and maybe something else but i cant remember.

            it took two minutes to heat up. it came in a stapled parchment paper bag, with a sticker that said, "OU KASHRUS GUARANTEED IF STAPLE INTACT UNDER THIS STICKER" or something like that. the bread was crispy and tasty. the schwarma was spicy and not too fatty. it wasnt bad. definitely salty and probably had a lot of preservatives, but it was way more edible than i expected.

            i dont understand how fresh it is, tho. is it that meat that can be left on supermarket dry shelves that have chemicals preserving it until its heated up, or is it a refrigerator in there that requires new sandwiches to be put in every week? i dont know, and it bothers me to think about the possibilities, but in a crunch, i know that it is at least tasty and edible...

            1. re: daverose808

              I had a pizza from one when I needed to spend time with someone in Lenox Hill Hospital. The portion was small,but enjoyable enough. It was very helpful to have hot food in the hospital .It is also helpful to know that there is a generally available supply of kosher food in the hospital whenever needed.

      2. The machine I use regularly is in a school and has snacks like potato knishes, onion rings, pizza. So far, the knishes are a big hit and cost 3.50. Yes, it's steep, but it tastes good and sometimes you do just want a hot nosh.

          1. The pizza is greasy but it's good to have a hot nosh sometimes.

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            1. re: tomby

              There are 2 different machines from different companies. One is a dairy machine that does pizza, onion rings etc. It is in NYC-area airports and schools and has a meat version selling hot dogs. The frozen food is microwaved and then hot air heated (to create crispy crusts).

              The FKF panini machine also comes in meat or dairy varieties. We have a dairy version at City College and sell sandwiches for about $4. My experience (based on the dates) is that they are fresh (the vendor claims that they are replaced weekly). Fresh sandwiches wrapped in wax paper are grilled in an automated panini press. They are "OK" - not exceptional, but better than the Roux fresh sandwiches sold in the grab-n-go section (those are awful) and cheaper than the YummyGourmet fresh sandwiches (better, but at $8 very pricey) sold in the same section of the cafe. I've not tried food from the pizza machine.

              1. re: mrogovin

                their meat ones will soon have exclusively Nathan's glatt kosher hot dogs

                1. re: koshergourmetmart

                  Now there are Milchik (cholov Yisroel, Pas Yoshen) machines at Woodbury Commons in the food court, and next to Kennth Cole and another next to Ann Klein. The food is fresh frozen and no preservatives, it is then cooked in a convection oven. It is really good.