Conceptual Mechanics Behind Kashering
The basic principle of
is summarized by the Hebrew phrase
Ke’bolo Kach Polto—
The waysomething is absorbed is the way it is purged.
The concept is learned from a Biblical passage thatdescribes how the Israelites were commanded to
vessels that had been captured in war:
And Eleazar the priest said unto the men of war that went to the battle: 'This is the statute of the lawwhich the Lord has commanded Moses: Only the gold and the silver, the copper and the iron, the tinand the lead;
Everything which has entered fire, shall be made to go through fire and it shall be pure[...]and all that abides not the fire you shall make to go through the water
24)What this means in practice is that different types of vessels and cooking appliances will requiredifferent types of
So pay close attention, please.
Types of Kashering
Heating a metal vessel or utensil till it glows, this typically requires a blowtorch. (Rarelynecessary, but just so you know.)
Heating metal until a piece of straw or paper begins to burn on the opposite side of theflame.
For ovens and ovenware, heating the latter in an oven at its highest setting for 40 minutes.
Water at a Rolling Boil (>240
°F at sea level)Steam
Is produced at 240
°F and has the same effect as
“Water poured from a first vessel (heated on the fire),” e.g. a pot of boiling
water poured on a countertop or sink, to
that only come into contact with “cold”
food, need only be washed well, i.e. the refrigerator, table, placemats
cup, salad servers
How to Kasher 101
24 hours before you plan to
irui m’keli rishon
), clean the utensil(s) or cookingimplement(s) well so that no visible food particles remain, then proceed the following day according to
According to Rav Moshe Feinstein, a self-cleaning oven would have to get to 900 °F in order to be
YD Vol. I #60. Unfortunately, most ovens do not reach this temperature. However, according toRav Joseph B. Soloveitchik, when the oven reaches the same temperature at which
or non-kosher foodwas absorbed, that
s considered an effective
Rabbi Avrohom Blumenkrantz
The Laws of Pesach:A Digest
page 55, 2008 Edition.
The ignition temperature given for straw is 250-300 Celsius/ 482-572 F, newspaper is a great deal lower.(http://www.economypoint.org/i/ignition-temperature.html).
See note 4.
Rav Moshe Feinstein. Igrot Moshe YD Vol. I #60;
(IM YD I.60)