Halal cooking is cooking without the use of haram , or impermissible, ingredients according to Islamic dietary guidelines. That means abstaining from the use of alcohol and pork or from things which contain the by-products of those. What are the basic requirements for cooking and eating halal? What is prohibited and how must food be prepared? The basic requirement for cooking halal is that all the ingredients used in cooking should be in accordance with what is halal permissible foods, according to Islamic law.
For more on an explanation of halal ingredients, please visit this page. No particular methods of cooking, per se, are forbidden, however anything that involves impermissible ingredients such as alcohol or pork or other non-halal ingredients i. For example, cooking with alcohol which does not completely burn off or cooking even with the broth or bouillon of animals not properly slaughtered in accordance with Islamic practice, are not considered halal.
Must someone following halal use special equipment or prepare equipment for cooking in a special way? Can someone who follows halal use dishes, pots, pans, etc. There are no special pots, pans, utensils or cooking equipment required for use in a halal kitchen. Where am I supposed to get the meat and other halal ingredients?
Ask the owner where the meat comes from and how it is slaughtered. If there is a certification or stamp of approval regarding the authenticity of it being halal, ask to see it. Typically these types of stores will carry halal-certified ingredients, too, but many mainstream companies are certifying products that you can find in your everyday supermarket or at places like Whole Foods. So long as halal foods are not mixed with or touch non-halal foods, a dish will be considered halal.
All consumers today must take a look at product labels, something Muslims have been doing this for quite a long time when searching for ingredients that may be red flags in terms of their halal factor.
Now more than ever, however, there are products that may seem to have ingredients that are free of pork or alcohol, but are they really good for us?
As Muslims, we have the obligation to care for the one body that our Creator gave us by feeding it sound, nutritious and healthy food that is free of impurities. Today, alhamdullilah, there are halal products that are also healthy for us and convenient, too. I want to cook halal dishes, but many of the recipes I like involve alcohol and other non-halal products. Are there good substitutes I can use? For things like peppermint extract or lemon extract, use real crushed mint leaves or lemon zest, which result in fresher tastes than extracts, anyway.
As far as substitutes for wine or other alcohol , choose real grape white grape or purple grape juices or apple juice to substitute. If you really want the extract, Whole Foods Market has a nice variety of no-alcohol extract for baking and cooking.
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