Kitchen Standards ImageAs the Muslim population grows in Canada and operators look to include them into their customer base we need to better understand Halal food and how to properly cook it in our kitchens. Chefs and Kitchen Managers need to understand what the standards are and how your operation can handle a Halal request properly. Even if a kitchen is not set up as exclusively Halal, you still can easily produce and serve a proper Halal meal in your establishment. As owners and operators, you can expand your customer base and achieve higher sales numbers by entering into the Halal market.

The same reasoning that brought vegetarian and gluten free options to menus now applies to Halal meals. If a group of people are going for lunch, normally the person with dietary restrictions (examples: vegetarian, celiac or requires a Halal meal) decides which restaurant to go to.

If a Muslim guest asks the server if they can prepare a Halal meal, that server needs to acknowledge the request and offer to let the guest speak to the kitchen manager. The manager needs to explain the kitchen segregation policies and how the staff will ensure the Halal meal is properly prepared.
What is Halal?
Halal is an Arabic term meaning lawful or permissible. The opposite of Halal is Haram, meaning not permissible. Pork and alcohol are Haram and strictly forbidden.

With respect to meat and poultry, animals must be slaughtered according to Islamic law to be considered Halal.

  • At the time of slaughter, the slaughterer must recite the prescribed blessing
  • Humane handling must be practiced at all times and all blood must be drained from the carcass
  • Halal meat adheres to all CFIA regulations and is no different than any other meat
  • All of our Mina brand poultry is Hand Slaughtered and individually blessed and certified by the Halal Monitoring Authority (HMA)
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you properly hold and store Halal products?
Care must be taken to ensure that Halal food remains segregated from non-Halal food pre and post the cooking process

  • Cooked food should be served in a separate steam table
  • If Halal ingredients are stored in the fridge/freezer they should be in a sealed separate container
Can I deep fry Halal products?
Care must be taken to ensure that Halal food remains segregated from non-Halal food pre and post the cooking process

  • A separate fryer should be used for Halal products to avoid contamination with non-Halal products
  • You may fry products such as French fries, onion rings, seafood etc. in the same oil, as these products are Halal by nature
  • Inform your guests if you do not have a separate designated fryer; they can then decide how the product should be cooked
  • Rather than frying, many products can be oven baked instead
Did you know?
The number of Muslims in Canada is expected to nearly double in the next 15 years, from about 1.3 million in 2015 to nearly 3 million in 2030.

Muslims are expected to make up 6.6% of Canada’s total population in 2031, up from 2.8% today.

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For more information on Halal cooking standards, please contact the Halal Monitoring Authority