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Tevilat keilim is a separate mitzva (neither directly related to kashrut nor to tumah) that is most plausibly compared to the ritual immersion of a person who commits himself to the service of G-d by joining the Jewish people. In a similar vein, a utensil that originally had been owned by a non-Jew, when it now is "consecrated" for use by the "mamlechet ...


Chabad's article on Tevilat Keilim (your second source) quotes Tevilat Keilim, p. 55, (I cannot find this book) that a vessel that normally touches the food may not be used before immersion even if one puts down foil or paper between the food and the vessel. Since many people do allow the food to touch your example vessels directly, it seems that ...

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