Hamming it up: Kosher ‘pork’ coming soon

Chief rabbi approves import of organic goose meat, which according to three non-Jewish chefs, tastes exactly like pork.

November 25, 2011 03:42
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A gaggle of geese

A gaggle of geese 311. (photo credit: Thinkstock/Imagebank)

If the dream of tasting pork – that most forbidden of forbidden foods – has always been yours, then dream no longer. And if you thought the idea of a rabbinically approved slice of swine was less likely than a flying pig, then think again.

Because kosher “pork” is coming to a butcher near you – that is to say, organic goose meat reared in Spain, which according to three non-Jewish chefs, tastes exactly like pork.

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This culinary and religious revolution was announced by Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger this week at a conference on hospital food at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, where he said that he would be approving the import of the geese.

Metzger noted that although eating pork is forbidden according to Jewish law, there is no prohibition against eating goose, regardless of how it tastes – so it is now okay to completely pig out.

He cited a passage from the Babylonian Talmud tractate of Hulin, which states that for every item the Torah forbids, God created a pure alternative with the same taste.

Metzger’s spokesman Avi Blumenthal stated that imports could begin as soon as the geese reached slaughtering weight, and that the chief rabbi was keen to ensure that the meat received approval from kashrut authorities.

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