This page is about the self supervision Kashrus system. Self supervision is an alternative to an onsite Mashgiach-based supervision.
Halacha of Kashrus supervision
The Halacha, according to my understanding, is that one witness is sufficient in regard to establishing the status of something that can be forbidden or permitted. Food permissibility is one area where this principle applies. Thus, Kosher supervision requires only one witness to ascertain the Kashrus of the food.
The witness can be a man or a woman who is Halachically knowledgeable and reliable. Thus, a butcher who is reliable does not require a separate Kosher supervisor in his store. The meat is Kosher if the butcher says it is Kosher and if he knows the Laws of Kashrus.
Standard application of Kashrus supervision
Many stores producing Kosher food have owners who are not Halachically reliable. If such a store wants people who keep Kosher to purchase their food, they can hire a Kosher supervisory organization. The Kosher supervisory organization is called a Hashgacha.
The Hashgacha may station a reliable witness in the store in order to establish that the food in the store is Kosher. This witness overseer is called a Mashgiach.
An alternative to a Mashgiach always being present and in control may be a Mashgiach who has the right to enter and leave the store at will — to inspect without notice.
A Mashgiach is redundant when the owner is a reliable witness; still, it has become the custom for many not to eat in an establishment unless it is under a Hashgacha.
Alternative application of Kashrus supervision
The self supervision Kashrus system (self-supe) takes a different approach to Kosher supervision.
First, a self-supe store is owned and run by a reliable and knowledgeable owner and manager. Next, every aspect of the store’s operation is documented and placed on this website which is publicly accessible. Finally, every customer is permitted to enter the kitchen at any time that it is in operation.
The sum total of this approach is that the store’s kitchen becomes an extension of your kitchen. You browse the website for information on the kitchen and kitchen production. You go in the kitchen.
You presumably are aware of the provenance of the food and utensils in your own kitchen. You have access to your own kitchen. And thus you trust your food is Kosher.
With a self-supe kitchen you have the same type of knowledge and access as if it was your own kitchen. You trust the Kashrus of your own kitchen. If you like what you find on a store’s associated self-supe webpage, then you can be confident that the food you buy at the store is at least as Kosher as food from your home kitchen.
Peruse the premises of self-supe stores in person and virtually through the pictures, videos, and text on this website. Pepper us with your Kashrus questions. We welcome inquiries and investigations. Find out about the food and utensils; about how the food is prepared; and about the people preparing it. Know as much as if you had prepared the food yourself with your own handpicked kitchen staff.