In the past, our customers who wanted Kosher products from us via the mail had to order from our only Kosher certified shop, our original Milwaukee location. That has changed! We had an overwhelming amount of internet business as the company grew, and we found we needed to build a fulfillment center just for doing all of these orders. We looked high and low, and finally settled on a location in Skokie. Illinois. As long as we were starting the build-out from scratch, this was the perfect opportunity to make sure from the get-go that we could qualify our location for Kosher certification.
Though the basic principles of Kashrut (Kosher law) are simple, the interpretation and implementation of these rules can be quite complicated. Fortunately, since vegetable material is generally considered kosher by default, most whole spices can be assumed to be kosher without specific certification*. For the most part, kosher certification for spices means supervision of how the processing is done.
Spice blends and some whole spices do require rabbinical supervision to be considered kosher. For this reason, we have several Rabbis that come to the shop and the fulfillment center to inspect us. Currently, these are Rabbi Tuvia Torem, Rabbi Benzion Twerski and Rabbi Akiva Freilich.
Each Spice House location contains its own processing facilities. Most of our ground spices and all of our spice blends are processed "in house" in the store at which they will be sold. All of the Spice House locations obtain their spices from the same sources, and process spices in much the same ways. We have three brick and mortar stores that are not Kosher, while our original shop in Milwaukee and our Skokie Fulfillment Center are certified Kosher and have Kashrus Certification. The links below will take you to them. It is important to remember, that each location does stock a few products that are NOT Kosher. In the Kosher locations, all Kosher products and non Kosher products are kept separate so as not to come in contact with scoops, utensils, mixing bowls, etc., that are not Kosher. A careful look at the certificates found in the links below will let you know for sure that you are not ordering any non-Kosher products. If you find yourself confused, please give our shop location a call so we can help you. We have a toll free number at 1 888 488 0977.
We have not yet figured out how to offer a simple way to make your online order Kosher, as currently we still need all of our staff working in all of our shops, Kosher and non Kosher, to fill the many internet orders. In the checkout area of your order form, there is a link to SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS. Please CLICK ON THAT LINK and add your instructions that you REQUEST YOUR PRODUCTS TO BE KOSHER in that area, and we will be very careful that your order comes out of a Kosher location. You can also call in your order to 1 888 488 0977. Thank you.
*It is important to note that in our NON Kosher shops, our spices may have come into contact with equipment that is not considered kosher.