SheHakol: Which Foods: Unrecognizable Foods

You must be able to recognize, from at least one piece, that an ingredient is from the ground or from a tree in order to say borei pri ha'adama or borei pri ha'eitzIf not, say she'hakol.
So say she'hakol on:
  • All foods that did not grow in the ground or on a tree, but also
  • Foods that you cannot personally identify as having grown in the ground or on a tree—either because it has been finely ground or processed or because you personally do not know what it is.
Example Even if you know that a kugel is made with potatoes, unless you can see recognizable pieces of potato, do not say borei pri ha'adama, but rather she'hakol.
 
Examples (Foods that Get SheHakol)
  • Apple Sauce.
  • Beer, Cognac, Grape Brandy, and other alcoholic beverages other than wine and grape juice and their derivatives.
  • Cheese and other Dairy Products (unless they contain grain).
  • Eggs (plain).
  • Fish.
  • Fruits or vegetables whose identity is not recognizable.
  • Honey.
  • Ice Cream.
  • Juice.
  • Meat.
  • Mushrooms.
  • Poultry.
  • Seaweed.
  • Soda.
  • Soup (clear).
  • Sprouts.
  • Water.
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