We are often asked why spices from our Milwaukee store bear a kosher symbol while spices from our other locations do not.
You may have noticed that small symbol on some of your spice jars; an outline of Wisconsin containing a "K." This symbol indicates 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, Rabbi Benzion Twerski or Rabbi Akiva Freilich visit the Spice House in Milwaukee every few months in order to oversee their operations and certify the products as kosher.
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. Currently, only the Milwaukee Spice House has its facilities certified by a rabbi. What this means is that, although all of our locations sell "Sunny Spain", only "Sunny Spain" produced in Milwaukee is certified Kosher.
**Those customers seeking spices with rabbinical kosher certification should place their orders via our website and add a note during Checkout requesting Kosher spices and we will make sure our kosher certified location fills your order. Additionally, you can call the Milwaukee Spice House and place orders with them directly. They can be reached at 414-272-0977.
*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.
**Please write in the special instructions box at online checkout that you are ordering KOSHER. Your order will be handled and shipped from our Kosher location.