Kosher Travel Meals: A Complete Guide of Options


Last updated: August 25, 2016

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Whether you are getting away for Yeshiva Break, escaping the next “polar vortex”, getting away for Pesach, or just taking a weekend getaway with your significant other, we wanted to help all the would be vacation-ers out by providing a list of all of the available On-The-Go kosher meals to make your holidays that much easier!

We’ve categorized the meals into 4 categories:

  1. Shelf-stable meals
  2. Supermarket-made meals
  3. Caterer-made meals
  4. Restaurant-made meals

For options 2-4 I advise ordering at least 2+ days in advance so they have time to deep freeze your meals. Deep freezing your meals will allow you to travel with them cross-country or overseas, even during the summer, so the meals will remain frozen until you arrive at your destination.

labriute1) Shelf-stable meals: typically found on the shelves at Kosher supermarkets – they’re not gourmet by any standards, but they’ve vastly improved over the years. May or may not be cheaper than the below options, although these require no refrigeration. Some “self-heat”, although we do not recommend doing this in public, especially in an airport or on any sort of public transportation.

Screen Shot 2014-01-19 at 6.03.31 PM2) Supermarket-made meals: prepared and frozen by a local Kosher supermarket. Pick up or local delivery only.

3) Caterer-made meals: typically a higher-end product, frozen, and shipped to your destination (domestically), local pick up usually available as well

  • Kosher Private Chef – These gourmet chefs will take your requests and ship it directly to your hotel. For those of you who wish to really dine in style on your vacation, you can even hire a private chef to come along with you. [Kashrut: Rabbi Berach Steinfeld, Cholov Yisroel / Chassidishe Shchita] Based in Miami, FL
  • Kosher Meals To Go – Caterer made, available in both meat and dairy options. [Kashrut: Rabbi S. M. Breslauer, The Nirbater Rav, Rabbi Sh. Ullman] Based in Monsey, NY
  • Schick’s Kosher Travel Meals – made by Schick’s in Brooklyn. According to their website they are delivered next day.
  • Seuda – Brooklyn based caterer making Middle Eastern & Mediterranean style food. Dairy/Pareve and Meat options available.
  • Kosher Along – All individual meals come with a dinner roll, a side Caesar salad, dessert, and elegant disposable flatware. – [Kashrut: Rabbi B. Gruber of Rockland County] Based in Monsey, NY.
  • Webermans – this Florida based business is no longer making meals for retail sales, but only making in bulk for cruises, etc. Their Passover meals can be found in many Florida based Winn Dixie supermarkets
  • Kosher in Hawaii – Chabad couple catering and shipping to hotels across the Hawaiian islands. They use local produce when possible. [Kashrut: Chief Rabbi of the State of Hawaii, Rabbi Isaac Krasnjansky]
  • So Heavenly (Miami) – take out caterer with a full line of take out items, bakery, fresh salads, frozen appetizers and more. Delivery available. [Kashrut: Vaad Hakashrus of Miami-Dade]

4) Restaurant-made meals: will freeze and ship meals worldwide or picked up locally. Contact restaurant to confirm.

 

(If there are any places, services, or products that we missed, please comment below.)

Chances are you may end up in a hotel room without an oven or a proper heating mechanism. Try taking along a travel-sized hot plate to heat up your meals, potentially with 2 pans (dairy & meat):

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  • Bethany Mandel

    Of the three you reviewed that are available through Amazon, which do you think tastes best?

    • Bethany,
      Talia reviewed only that last one.
      I’ve tried the La Briute ones, they were OK, felt like I needed more.

  • Dear Dani,
    When catering. Can a non-Jewish delivery service transport Kosher food to the destination and still be considered kosher. For example the companies that handle the logistics for airline food? Or kosher catering service that makes kosher food but does not do it’s own logistics

    • Hi Dave, sorry for the late response. A non-Jewish delivery service CAN transport a kosher supervised meal, however the meal typically has a double/triple seal that is placed around the item before it is sent out for delivery.

  • The Abigael’s link is dead!

  • Daniel Girald

    While travelling, I usually prefer to eat fish. Preserved/canned fish seems to be an easy choice, even though there used to be issues regarding the handling of the fish aboard the vessels turning it into non-kosher but it’s not so common anymore.

  • Julie Kaminsky

    Do any companies have shelf-stable (vacuum packed) challah or pita for hamotzei. Matzah is difficult because it breaks so easily when traveling, and defeats the purpose. ideas?