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KASHERING A PAREVE POT
June 2007
Rabbi Diana Villa

Question

Dear Rabbi,

I accidentally used a metal pareve [neutral, used for food that do not contain neither meat or milk products] pot to defrost and heat a frozen already-cooked chicken.  After leaving the pot unused for more than 24 hours so that it will not be ben yomo [kashrut law requires that a utensil not be used for a whole day before it can be made kosher again], is it sufficient to do ha'agalah [place it in boiling water] to the pot or does it need libun [pass it through fire] to restore the pot to use as pareve ? 

Answer

According to Shulkhan Aruch, Yoreh De'ah 121:2, if something was used for heating, it requires ha'agalah and not libbun (unless it was a frying pan, in which something is cooked directly on the fire and not boiled). This is valid if the pot is completely metal. However, if it is a teflon pot, it cannot be made kosher by ha'agalah .


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