Monday, January 22, 2018

Food Recall - Frozen Kebabs


Of Yerushalayim and the Ministry of Health have 
announced a recall of the following product:




Brand: OF Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Poultry)
Product: Frozen Chicken Kebabs, made of spiced ground chicken and vegetarian protein
Size: 500g
Production Date: 28-11-17
Expiration date: 28-1-18






The product is being recalled because tests showed it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

If you have purchased this product DO NOT EAT IT. You may return it to the store where purchased to obtain a refund.


Please call Of Yerushalayim Customer Service at 02-585-2336 with any questions or concerns.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Orlah Fruits - Update for Shvat 5778

This post is a follow up to the Kashrut for New Olim post. If you haven't seen it yet, please check it out -- there's important information there! 

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES in Israel - Specific Kashrut Issues



Unlike in other parts of the world, in Israel, fruits and vegetables are NOT automatically "kosher" - here we need to make sure that they are not "orlah" fruits (harvested during a tree's first 3 yrs, with other rules applying to year 4) and that trumot and ma'asrot have been taken (from both fruits and vegetables). 

If you shop at a market that doesn't have an ishur kashrut (kosher certification) on their produce, you'll need to investigate these issues further, if you are interested in adhering to the halachot of the Land of Israel OR if you regularly host people who assume the food in your home is kosher! I must say that it's important to familarize yourself with these special halachot, as they are part of keeping kosher in Israel! (If you say you keep Kosher in Israel, everyone assumes that you have taken care of these issues; and if you don't, then you may be unwittingly putting someone in a situation they don't want to be in!) 

It's definitely possible to take trumot and maasrot on your own (I do it often), so vegetables are easiest to buy without a teudah, as that is all you need to do (and very often, it would be without a bracha). Some of the fruits on the market may be ok to purchase even from a non-certified establishment and just take trumot and maasrot, because of the extremely low percentage of orlah fruits being sold, but those lists change frequently, so you'll constantly need to stay up-to-date.

Other fruits can be a problem, because of a high possibility that they are orlah (from the first 3 yrs after the tree was planted). I have recently begun to post a monthly update on my website, with a list of the fruits where the percentage of orlah fruits on the open market is greater than 0.5%. These fruits should only be bought from a reputable source that does not sell orlah fruits (i.e. a place with a teudah):

ORLAH Update for Shvat 5778

Fruits to AVOID buying without a teudah:
  • Avocado - Ettinger variety, Haas variety, and one similar to Ettinger called Ruti
  • Blueberries
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Papaya
  • Prickly Pear (Sabra Fruit)
  • Starfruit
  • Passionfruit
  • Clementines - Murcott variety, Hadas Variety, and Tami variety
  • Valencia Oranges


Please be sure to speak with your personal Halachic Authority about purchasing fruit in Israel without a teudah. Not everyone holds by the 0.5% threshold. This information is just for informational purposes and is not a halachic psak! Even if you follow a psak that relies on the 0.5% threshold, you still must take trumot and maasrot on all produce grown in Israel (or be sure it has been taken), in order to fulfill your halachic obligations.

Also, be aware that this list does NOT apply to fruit grown by an individual. If your friend has a fruit tree, you'll need to find out how old it is! 

I hope you find this helpful! Please follow my Facebook page and don't miss out on updates and other posts!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Extra iHerb savings!

This post contains my iHerb referral link. You'll save money using it (even existing customers), and I may be compensated by iHerb. It won't cost you extra - but it WILL save you money!


 I've promised to share iHerb deals whenever I hear about them, so none of you will miss out on the extra savings! So here's the current deal:


Extra 10% off ALL Bath & Beauty items with code BBTEN - Click here to automatically add the code to your cart! You can combine this with other extra discounts currently being offered on Korean Beauty products, too.

This coupon code is good thru Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, at 10 am PST.

You can also get the 5% referral discount (good for new AND existing customers) if you start shopping using ANY of the links in this post, or just add code QEJ101 to your cart!

In addition, you can also take advantage of iHerb's ongoing free shipping offer:  FREE standard global shipping to Israel (and other countries, offers may vary) for orders of $40 and up! (This is for non-tracked shipping, up to 4 lbs.)



Any extra savings even combine with Trial items and Weekly Specials!

And if you use Shipping Savers, you can get really affordable shipping, even if you don't spend $40 in order to get free shipping. You can sort for Shipping Savers on iHerb by clicking the Shipping Saver checkbox on the lefthand side of the page.






Not sure if shopping at iHerb makes sense?
I shop there pretty often, as you may already know. I find it makes life easier for me - not only do they make it easy to find some "hard to find" products my family needs (like fragrance free shower products), but I save a significant amount of money on things like vitamins and probiotics. So many products are definitely less expensive at iHerb than at my local stores, and shipping is VERY affordable as I mentioned above.

Here are some of the things I like to buy at iHerb:

Palm Oil (this eco-friendly version is not available in Israel at all, and is perfect for making frosting or fudge)

Magnesium Tablets (these and many other supplements are quite pricey in Israel and iHerb is a great way to save!)

Stash Teas (I buy these when they are on sale, as the sale price comes out to less than the lowest price I can find herbal teas for locally, and these are just SO MUCH HIGHER quality than teas I can find for an affordable price!)

Vitamin D (so many people are deficient, it turns out! And my doctor prescribed a rather high dose, and what's sold here is very low dose and more expensive)

Probiotics are far less expensive from iHerb than any I've found in Israel, and they don't weigh much! Many of these are "shipping savers" - so they'll lower your shipping costs for the whole order if you add them in!

EO shower gel (we like this kid friendly all-in-one shower product that doesn't irritate our skin!)

Ricola throat drops (these work out to be only slightly less expensive than the local price, so I use them as a "filler" product, never as my "reason for buying")

Witch Hazel (it's really not easy to find witch hazel products locally, and if you love witch hazel, you'll be thrilled with iherb's price. This one is a toner with alcohol in it - some people like the alcohol in it, but if you don't, they also have plenty of no-alcohol witch hazel products)

Coffee Filters (unbleached) - I can find the #4 size locally, but I use the #2 size, and can't always find unbleached, and it's so easy to order it, rather than running around town!

Brown Rice Pasta (only when they're on sale, great for people who don't eat wheat! The local equivalent is more expensive unless there's an amazing sale)

Grapefruit Seed Extract (similar product, 1/4 of the size, cost more than twice as much at my health food store, and many people are convinced this keeps colds away,!)

Essential Oils (I use them in homemade cleaners) - for a fraction of the price here in Israel! Yes, they are real and natural (and very importantly, not an MLM)!

Soy-free Teriyaki Sauce (for my soy allergic child)

Calendula Cream (so soothing and wonderful for eczema!)

Aquaphor Ointment - impossible to buy locally! (lately this has been out of stock at iherb, but you can ask to be notified when it's available). When it's not available, you might find CeraVe to be a good alternative.

I also regularly check the Specials Page to see if products I use are on sale and work out to a better deal thru iHerb during a sale, and I also occasionally will order a hard-to-find spice.

If you haven't ordered from iHerb, now is the perfect time to check it out!
And please let me know what your favorite deals are!

Don't get surprised by import taxes! If you are ordering items from overseas, be sure to familiarize yourself with the most recent personal import regulations!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Free Shipping from iHerb!


This post contains my iHerb referral link. You'll save money using it (even existing customers), and I may be compensated by iHerb. It won't cost you extra - but it WILL save you money!


 I've promised to share iHerb deals whenever I hear about them, so none of you will miss out on the extra savings! So here's the current deal:


I'm so happy to let you know that right now, iHerb has an ongoing free shipping offer:  FREE standard global shipping for orders of $40 and up! (This is for non-tracked shipping, up to 4 lbs.)

In addition, you can stock up your favorite iHerb products with extra savings - a referral discount of 5% (good for new AND existing customers)!






Any extra savings even combine with Trial items and Weekly Specials!

And if you use Shipping Savers, you can get really affordable shipping, even if you don't spend $40 in order to get free shipping. You can sort for Shipping Savers on iHerb by clicking the Shipping Saver checkbox on the lefthand side of the page.






Not sure if shopping at iHerb makes sense?
I shop there pretty often, as you may already know. I find it makes life easier for me - not only do they make it easy to find some "hard to find" products my family needs (like fragrance free shower products), but I save a significant amount of money on things like vitamins and probiotics. So many products are definitely less expensive at iHerb than at my local stores, and shipping is VERY affordable as I mentioned above.

Here are some of the things I like to buy at iHerb:

Palm Oil (this eco-friendly version is not available in Israel at all, and is perfect for making frosting or fudge)

Magnesium Tablets (these and many other supplements are quite pricey in Israel and iHerb is a great way to save!)

Stash Teas (I buy these when they are on sale, as the sale price comes out to less than the lowest price I can find herbal teas for locally, and these are just SO MUCH HIGHER quality than teas I can find for an affordable price!)

Vitamin D (so many people are deficient, it turns out! And my doctor prescribed a rather high dose, and what's sold here is very low dose and more expensive)

Probiotics are far less expensive from iHerb than any I've found in Israel, and they don't weigh much! Many of these are "shipping savers" - so they'll lower your shipping costs for the whole order if you add them in!

EO shower gel (we like this kid friendly all-in-one shower product that doesn't irritate our skin!)

Ricola throat drops (these work out to be only slightly less expensive than the local price, so I use them as a "filler" product, never as my "reason for buying")

Witch Hazel (it's really not easy to find witch hazel products locally, and if you love witch hazel, you'll be thrilled with iherb's price. This one is a toner with alcohol in it - some people like the alcohol in it, but if you don't, they also have plenty of no-alcohol witch hazel products)

Coffee Filters (unbleached) - I can find the #4 size locally, but I use the #2 size, and can't always find unbleached, and it's so easy to order it, rather than running around town!

Brown Rice Pasta (only when they're on sale, great for people who don't eat wheat! The local equivalent is more expensive unless there's an amazing sale)

Grapefruit Seed Extract (similar product, 1/4 of the size, cost more than twice as much at my health food store, and many people are convinced this keeps colds away,!)

Essential Oils (I use them in homemade cleaners) - for a fraction of the price here in Israel! Yes, they are real and natural (and very importantly, not an MLM)!

Soy-free Teriyaki Sauce (for my soy allergic child)

Calendula Cream (so soothing and wonderful for eczema!)

Aquaphor Ointment - impossible to buy locally! (lately this has been out of stock at iherb, but you can ask to be notified when it's available). When it's not available, you might find CeraVe to be a good alternative.

I also regularly check the Specials Page to see if products I use are on sale and work out to a better deal thru iHerb during a sale, and I also occasionally will order a hard-to-find spice.

If you haven't ordered from iHerb, now is the perfect time to check it out!
And please let me know what your favorite deals are!

Don't get surprised by import taxes! If you are ordering items from overseas, be sure to familiarize yourself with the most recent personal import regulations!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Food Recall - Vegetarian Hot Dogs


Soglowek and the Ministry of Health have announced a recall of the following products:



Brand: Soglowek (Zoglovek)
Product: Vegetarian Hot Dogs, Badatz version
Size: 2kg
Barcode: 6739735
Expiration date: not specified

Brand: Soglowek (Zoglovek)
Product: Vegetarian Hot Dogs, Badatz version
Size: 12kg (institutional size)
Production Code: 7316 with expiration date: 12.11.18
Production Code: 7317 with expiration date: 13.11.18
Production Code: 7318 with expiration date: 14.11.18



The product is being recalled because it may be contaminated with strips of plastic in the food product, due to faulty production equipment.

If you have purchased this product DO NOT EAT IT.
Please call Soglowek Customer Service at 1-800-555-000 to arrange for a refund.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Discount Attractions and Entertainment!

(This post contains affiliate links. I may receive a commission when you make a purchase. Thanks for your support!) 

I love being able to bring you the best of Groupon's deals - some of these you definitely don't want to miss!

Sometimes, the best way to get from Point A to Point B is with a car - and that's why car rentals are awesome for people who don't own one! I'm really happy to tell you that Groupon has brought back the Budget Car Rental Discount - as low as 77nis per day! Some things to keep in mind: these vouchers must be used by March 22, 2018. You can buy up to 14 of them and use them consecutively to customize your rental period (use for rentals between 1 and 14 days at a time). Includes up to 99 km/day.  Additional kilometers will be charged extra. Pick up and return at the airport will incur additional fees. Pick up or drop off in Eilat will also incur additional fees. No refunds on unused Groupons if you have to end your rental contract early.

Click here for Restaurant Deals -- if you're going out, do it the smart way and buy a discount voucher first!

Planning a Day Out? Check out these deals (Vouchers vary from slight discounts to 50% off or more!):

Jumping/Trampoline Parks:




Bowling:



Virtual Reality Games:



Laser Tag:



Escape Rooms:


Get 10% off when you use code "Kosherfrugal" at the Maimonides Puzzle Room in Tiberias


Ice Skating - Maalot 

I'll add more deals to the Groupon Facebook group as I find them! See you there!