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What rules need to be followed in order for a non-Jewish professional chef to cook Kosher food for a Jewish customer?

I'm a non-Jewish professional chef in a restaurant, and I am marginally aware of kosher dietary restrictions. I know that the food itself, as well as the pots, pans, and other utensils used in ...
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Hechshered, pareve sausage casing

I've become interested in sausage-making. However, I have had some understandable difficulty finding non-meat casings. Furthermore, I have been unable to find pareve casings with a hashgacha. Is ...
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Cold smoking and kashrut

related Cold smoking is a process by which food is cured by contact with smoke which fills the whole vessel but does not [ideally] exceed 80˚F, which is well below yad soledet (at least for my hands) ...
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May Passover matzoh be made from durum wheat flour and then reground as meal for Italian pasta?

Italian pasta is generally made from durum wheat (semolina) flour. Wheat is one of the grains from which Passover matzoh can be made. Normally matzoh is baked at high heat from flour and water only, ...
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Gas Pilot on Yom Tov

A gas pilot stove is a stove which has a continuous flame running rather than using an electric sparker (although I believe such stoves are no longer legal). With this in mind, would it be necessary ...
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Is checking for bugs halachically required?

Various methods of checking for bugs in produce, i.e., lettuce, are officially recommended by kashrus agencies and other halachic professionals. However, is use of one/any of these methods--or even a ...
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Hard Boiled Eggs

I heard second hand that one can eat hard boiled eggs on pesach, even if they were cooked in a not kosher l'pesach pot (presumably non-ben yomo?). Is this true? If so, why? Would one consequently be ...
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Warming Zone on Stove on Shabbat

A stove is a gas stove but has both an electric warming drawer as well as an electric "warming zone" surface. The warming zone is in the middle of the stove - sort of a glass top - and can be set ...
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Dairy or pareve black coffee:

What are the halachic considerations that govern the kashrut status of an Americano (black) from an espresso machine that uses a secondary steam wand to make lattes and cappuccinos? This is at a ...
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Where did the myth that the *entire* matza process must be done in under 18 minutes come from?

I've been going over the halakhoth for baking matzah, and even though I hear from almost every Rabbi I've asked that the entire process must be done in under 18 minutes, I can't find any evidence for ...
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Why not cook a z'roa just for the seder plate, in light of mitoch?

It's customary to have a bone (with some meat on it) on the table for the Passover seder. Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 118:5 (as cited in the answers to another question on this site) writes: Once the ...
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What are the kashrut issues with kosher food at a non-kosher restaurant?

What are the major kashrus/halachic issues with going to a non-kosher restaurant and ordering, say, [kosher fish] and vegetables; dressed with only extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper; double-...
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Can I order hard-boiled eggs baked in a oven used only for eggs. How about in a non-kosher kitchen?

Is one allowed to eat hard "baked" eggs (not boiled in a pot) from a non kosher juice bar that only serves juices and eggs. Their oven is only used for eggs, as they don't serve any other food.
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According to Halacha are you permitted to melt cheese on Shabbos?

Can one place cheese upon a slice of bread that is put onto a blech on Shabbos? Is there a problem to melt cheese on Shabbos? Some of the specific consideration: 1) Since you are putting the ...
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Is artificial sweetener (Splenda, Stevia) pre-cooked? (Making Coffee on Shabbat)

When making a coffee on Shabbat, is one allowed to put the artificial sweetener, such as Splenda or Stevia, into the cup and then add the hot water from Kli Rishon? If the sweetener is pre-cooked, ...
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Adding pellets to the hopper of a pellet stove on Shabbat

Would it be permissible to add pellets to the hopper of a pellet stove on Shabbat? A pellet stove has a large pellet hopper that holds approximately 40 pounds of wood pellets. The pellet auger turns ...
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Proper use of a blech/plata

What is the proper use of a blech/plata on Shabbat?
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Making a hot toddy on Shabbat

Is it permissible to make a hot toddy drink on Shabbat? If so, are there any special considerations to take into account to do so Halachically? Wikipedia describes the drink, generally, thus: A ...
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Making Wissotsky tea on Shabbos

I have heard that Rav Nachum Rabinovitch, shlit"a, (who, IMSMC, is strict regarding using tea bags/cold essence to make tea on Shabbos, even in a kli sheni [lit: second utensil]) is lenient with ...
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Heter for Inviting Non-Jew to Hot Meal on Yom Tov

It is generally considered that a non-Jew cannot be invited to a hot meal on Yom-Tov because it is a melacha to heat up food for them (from what I've heard, even if it is as part of a group including ...
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Water heaters on shabbos and yom tov

I was looking into buying a more efficient water heater, and was dismayed to discover the significant halachic issues surrounding tankless water heaters (http://www.star-k.org/kashrus/kk-...
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Can one remove and return an oatmeal pot at a hotel free breakfast on Shabbat?

I understand that there is a rule that one should not remove a pot from a crockpot unit on Shabbat and return it to the unit, for he will be recooking the food. Let's say someone is staying at a non-...
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Can one use timer to turn on platta on shabbos morning?

As in title, can one use a timer to turn on hot platta (hot plate) on Shabbos morning to heat up the food? (If one doesn't want to have platta ON for the whole night due to safety reasons.) I use a ...
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How to reconcile a wife's cooking with the Zohar's definition of husband and wife?

According to the Zohar the man is the "giver" and the woman is the "receiver" within the context of a marriage. With that being the case how can one understand the traditional role of a wife to cook ...
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Can a piece of chocolate meltaway cake be reheated in the oven on Shabbat?

I am quite confused regarding some of the rules of reheating food on Shabbat. Here is my general "meek" understanding: already cooked liquids may not be reheated pre-cooked solids that become ...
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Do you have to check boiled eggs?

Is it necessary to check hard or soft boiled eggs for blood spots? I've never seen anyone do it, so perhaps it is not, but if so, why?
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Cooking Cholent Right before Shabbos

Is there anything wrong with putting up a cholent to cook right before Shabbos?
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Can a Jew borrow a cup of sugar from his non-Jewish neighbor?

I'm not specifically asking about stealing and owing concerns, although those may also be of interest. My question is actually: Can we use kosher-labeled ingredients from a non-Jew's home? (I ...
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Non-Yemenites who heat up soup after the start of Shabbat?

The most widely held practice regarding heating up liquids on Shabbat is that it is prohibited, though there are differences of practice between Ashkenazim and Sephardim regarding sauces and such (...
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Reheating bishul Akum

Pardon me while I try to construct the right hypothetical: I was invited to a state dinner recently. I brushed off the tux and polished my shoes and called up to make sure that the administration had ...
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Is a dud shemesh allowed to be used on Shabbat?

Can a solar-powered water heater (a dud shemesh [דוד שמש] in Hebrew) be used on Shabbat? These are quite common in Israel as a way of heating water without electricity on a sunny day. Essentially, ...
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coffee “Elite” from Israel

In the newspaper "Hapeles" published in Israel, an ad published in the name of Rabbi Mordechai Gross shlit'a says that there is a problem with the coffee produced by "Elite" Israel . It is forbidden ...
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Brewing fresh coffee for Shabbos with a time clock

May one prepare coffee ingredients in a brewer such as this one on Friday and set the timer to brew the coffee for 8:00 Shabbos morning?
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Coffee Urns on Shabbos

I've heard that there is a dispute among halachic decisors if one is allowed to use an urn like the one shown below on Shabbos because the outside water tube gets cold over Shabbos but then gets ...
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Does eating a parev item cooked in an oven with meat make you meaty?

If I cook (e.g.) roasted vegetables in an oven whilst at the same time cooking a chicken in a different shelf, would eating the roasted vegetables render me meaty? There are several factors that need ...
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Bishul achar afiah in bishul akum

In Hilchos Shabbos there is a rule called bishul achar afia (the opinion of the R'eim, cited in Tur O.C. 318 and Shulchan Aruch 318:5 and brought as the minhag by the Rema) which means, basically, ...
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Can Eruv Tavshilin be done for a Yom Tov rather than for shabbat?

Outside of Israel, we celebrate a Yom Tov for 2 consecutive days. This year, Shavuot comes directly after Shabbat. As I understand it, on such days, one is only allowed to cook in preparation for a 24 ...
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Double Wrapping on Pesach

I have always understood that one may use a non-kosher microwave for kosher food by double (or triple) wrapping the said food while cooking it. May one use the same procedure for cooking on Pesach in ...
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T-Fal Thermo Spot Heat Indicator Cookware on Yom Tov & Shabbos

T-Fal has a cookware set known as "T-Fal Thermo Spot Heat Indicator Cookware". These pots have a special technology which indicates when the pan is ready for use. May one use such a pot on Yom Tov to ...
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Is there an issur to put cold water in a kli rishon on Yom Tov?

There is a prohibition of cooking to put cold water into a kli rishon of hot water on Shabbos. This is mentioned in the Mishna and Gemara on Shabbos 42a, and codified in the Tur and Shulchan Aruch ...
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How long does entire process of baking matzo take to be kosher?

If one would like to bake matzo or use flour to make a Passover food, how long do we have for the process to take place? If 18 min, then is that 18m59s or 18m00s? If the food is cooked before 18 ...
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Automated Cooking Machine Programmed

I realize in most situations to have a factory line be "cooked by a Jew" an observant Jew would have to turn the oven on, stove on, or something along those lines. This morning I saw this article ...
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Is it permissible to use a French Press on Yom Tov?

Is there an issue of borer when using the plunger of a French Press? What are the possible issues involved? Is it borer with a kli?
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Making a bracha on kosher ingredients cooked in non-kosher pots?

Is it assur to make a bracha on foods whose ingredients are kosher but cooked in non-kosher utensils? What is the source?
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“Blias” in today's pots and pans

Throughout all of Yoreh Deah Chelek Alef and Hilchos Pesach (and perhaps other places in Shulchan Aruch as well) we see the idea of "blias" ("absorptions") by celim. That is to say there is a "taste" ...
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May I place a towel on the food that's on the platta on Shabbos?

This is a hatmana (insulation) question. I want to know if there is an issue with putting food on the platta on Shabbos day and then putting a thick towel ontop of that food in order for the food to ...
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minimum halachic definition of bread

This is sort of the counter question to Mezonos bread. At what point does a grain based admixture transition between bread and non bread? To clarify: The general position of Sephardic Jewry is that ...
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Food cooked by a non-Jew not kosher?

Why is it that food cooked totally by a non-Jew - without the participation of a Jew - is not kosher?
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What are some general halachot about treif culinary schools?

I have seen some assorted questions about specific occurrences in a non-kosher culinary schools here, however, I was wondering if there are any general halachot which apply. In other words, would it ...
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What's the halachic advantage of double (or triple) wrapping food?

I've heard of both double and triple wrapping when it comes to shielding a food item in an oven with regards to Kashrus. What exactly does double or triple wrapping accomplish that one wrapping can't?...