Additionally, there are certain meats which you can just never eat because the bible says that animals with split hooves are “unclean” as are animal that are scavenges. That’s right folks, that means that pork, bacon, or other pig products; as well as no shellfish like shrimp, lobster, or crabs. Yes, sometimes I wish I could have them and I have always been kind of curious about what lobster tastes like (especially living near the Cape with so many seafood restaurants around). People who keep Kosher also do not mix meat (including chicken) and milk products (meaning no cheeseburger, no chicken with a glass of milk, and no steak with ice cream for dessert). This is the confusing part- if eat meat you must wait before then having a milk product (some people wait 2 hours, some 3, some 4) BUT you don’t have to wait to eat meat after eating dairy. The reason for this practice as a whole is because in the olden days, in the dessert, people didn’t have much water so they boiled their animals in milk, and it was considered the worst sin in the world to boil a kid (a baby cow) in its mother’s milk... and that’s where we get this practice from. Picture my parents’ house now- we have meat dishes, dairy dishes, meat china, dairy china, and 3 sets of dishes for Passover (which I’ll explain at another time). Get’s expensive, huh? At least at your wedding you can pick a lot to register for! At my own house in Delaware I can’t really keep Kosher as much as at home because my roommates are obviously eating non-Kosher foods but I keep it as much as I can. I have two sets of dishes and pots/pans and I use paper plates a lot.
I guess that’s pretty much it. To recap: no meat with milk, buy food that’s marked Kosher, no pig products or shellfish, only eat Kosher meat. Yup you’re a pro. It’s pretty confusing I think and I may have skimmed over some stuff because it’s like second nature to me, so let me know if you have any questions about it all.