First of all, let me advise you to never stop at a grocery store with which you're not familiar, just to save time because it's "right on your way".
That's what we did after the funeral yesterday. From the outside, it was huge, so you'd figure they had any brand of grocery item you might want; it was also a Price-Chopper; I have a Chopper-Shopper card. I figured I'd go in, get my six items, and we'd be on our way.
They didn't have two of my items.. And of course, we wandered all over this huge store, back and forth, to get the items they did stock.
Sugar-free Jello was one of the things we actually found (Cliff's favorite heart-healthy dessert), and as the tall, swarthy clerk scanned our items, he held up a box of the Jello and said with a smile, "What's actually in this stuff, do you know?"
"Well," I said, "unless they've found a different way to make gelatin these days, it's made from cow's hooves."
His smile totally faded, and he said, "... and pig's hooves?"
I immediately realized why he was interested in knowing. Although he had a mere trace of an accent, he was from a middle-eastern country. Muslims don't eat pork. I glanced at his name tag, which confirmed that he was indeed from such a country; I think the name was Adir.
Cliff and I replied, almost in unison, "No, just cows' hooves."
Of course, I couldn't help wondering if we were steering him wrong.
But he said, "I'm glad I stopped eating that!"
In the car, I looked at a box of Jello and noticed a "K" on the front. I said to Cliff, "Doesn't that "K" mean kosher? Because if it does, it can't have any part of a swine in it. Jewish people don't eat pork either, so acceptable foods have the "K". I wish I had thought of that, so the guy could eat his jello with no concerns."
Cliff didn't know. He didn't even know, until I told him, that Muslims don't eat pork.
So yesterday evening, I googled a couple of things: This is why I love the Internet, because if you have questions about your facts, the answers are usually right at your fingertips.
For the information about Jello, click HERE. The article does say "cow and pig bones".
However, Jello brand evidently contains cow hooves and bones only,or it wouldn't have the "K" for Kosher, right? For an article I found explaining the symbols used for such products, click HERE. Upon more googling, though, I found that, to Jewish folks, a plain "K" isn't very reliable; the letter K inside a diamond is.
Yes, I love the Internet. Now if I run into another Muslim, I can steer him in the right direction. Like that's going to happen out here in the boonies!
Still, it's nice to have the right information inside my brain. Of course, at my age, the problem would be remembering the information.