Understanding How to Cook Halal Meat

Halal food constitutes some strict guidelines and ingredients that are obligated on the followers of Islam. These guidelines are termed as “halal”, and instruct Muslims how to produce and cook foods in order to be considered acceptable.

Different types of meat like poultry, fish, beef, and goat are considered halal, but only if slaughtered in an appropriate way and can be easily cooked in your home kitchen.

So how do you purchase and cook halal food as per the guidelines of any muslim food certification?

Purchase meat under the halal label

Since butchers have to follow a particular process under the principles of Islam to call the animal a halal slaughter, the packaged food or meat will be labeled or marked with the term or a symbol of halal. The symbol could be a logo, you can even ask the butcher or retailer if you’re confused on the authenticity of the product.

It is important to question the origin of the product, and if in doubt, avoid purchasing suspicious products.

Avoid pork or its recipes when preparing halal foods

Pork and related products are considered “haram”, or forbidden, in Islam with no exceptions. Avoid buying products such as ham, bacon, lard, pig, etc. if you’re ought to make halal food.
If a butcher claims pork to be halal, obviously he is just trying to make business and consumers should avoid such retailers.

Change your gloves after catering non-halal items or alcohol

When starting to cook halal meat, always put on fresh gloves and not the ones you used to handle other or non-halal foods. With new gloves, only touch halal items and ingredients in order to keep your food pure from contamination.

Use a separate cutting board and knife for halal meat

You should always have a separate knife and cutting board for placing and cooking only halal food. The point is to prevent any contact with utensils or work spaces carrying other items. Furthermore, after every cutting session, clean the board and knife with hot, soapy water to clear them from any airborne impurity.

Cook halal items in pans and fryers to prevent incurring contamination
If you’re cooking both halal and non-halal food, then make the halal item first. In other words, you should use fresh oil in the pan or a new fryer. Once the halal food is cooked, you may use it then to proceed with the non-halal foods.

The purpose is to protect the halal items from contamination of any sorts.

Place out a “halal food only” grilling surface

If possible, try to use a different grill specifically for halal food. In case you have a single long grill, clearly bifurcate the surface with a physical barrier for halal foods between the parts of the grill.
If you’ve a bulk of halal items in the list to prepare, clean the entire grill with hot, soapy water as done with the utensils and cutting board.

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