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Jan 4, 2009 07:46 AM

Kosher Miso

Looking for a kosher brand of miso paste, for a few recipes. Can anyone lead me to a kosher brand? I am in Toronto and Chicago locations.

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  1. I am not sure of the brand but I believe Hungarians in Skokie and Jewel in Evanston both carry kosher MIso -

    1. I've seen Eden brand with a hechsher.

      1. I use a brand called Westbrae Naturals. It has an OU and comes in mild yellow and the stronger types. You can search for their product by zip code at

        1. why would any miso be not kosher? i mean by ingredients and prep, not certification.....

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          1. re: thew

            What most people who keep kosher are concerned with IS certification; many foods--almost all, in fact, other than meat products--are potentially kosher by ingredients. But that fact does little good if you only buy kosher-certified products.

            1. re: queenscook

              i am jewish, but very far from kosher, very very secular in fact, so i admit my ignorance, but -

              just as an apple doesn;t need certification, why would something basically impossible to make un-kosher need the certification? is it just to make sure the factory they are made in does not process both dairy and meat, or something along those line?

              1. re: thew

                An apple doesn't need certification because to make an apple, you go to a tree, pull it off and put it on a truck. Then sell. For processed foods, the kosher certifications confirms that the processing doesn't introduce non-kosher ingredients either through the ingredients or the production facility.

                1. re: thew

                  The details and complexities of modern food processing would make your head spin. It is hard to imagine the huge variety of animal derived products that make their way into so very many of the ordinary foods people eat. Not surprisingly, animal derived additives always come from non-kosher sources unless the manufacturer is intent on making its products kosher. And, quite often, these additives do not even have to show up on ingredient lists.

                  There is very little, perhaps no, food produced today that is "basically impossible to make un-kosher".

            2. In Toronto, I know I have purchased it at Whole Foods and Noah's health foods. Look in any of the organic/health food stores or sections of grocery stores. I suspect the larger Loblaws, which have large special sections for health/organic will carry brands with hasgachah.