If one is making meat, and while the meat is still raw licks his/her fingers, does s/he become Fleishigs (to wait the appropriate amount of time before eating dairy)?

Essentially if we boil (excuse the pun) the question down a bit more, does inedible meat or chicken make one Fleishigs?

(for purposes of this question, I suppose we should disregard the potential volume aspects)

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    Consult a medical practitioner or dietician about the advisability of licking fingers dirty from raw chicken anyway. And, as always, CYLOR about the halachic question, rather than relying on answers here.
    – msh210
    Sep 22 '11 at 4:08
  • That is extremely dangerous, ftr.
    – Seth J
    May 1 '12 at 1:19
  • @SethJ Is the edit okay?
    – yydl
    May 1 '12 at 2:11

Who said that raw meat is inedible? The Shulchan Aruch rules in Hilchot Shabbat that raw meat is not Muktzeh on Shabbat since there are people who eat it as a delicacy (ie Steak Tartar).

  • Would you say that about chicken?
    – yydl
    Sep 22 '11 at 16:29
  • See the mishna menachot 11:7
    – Double AA
    Jan 5 '12 at 4:44

The reasons for waiting some time after eating meat is because, a) the juices stay in ones mouth on the tongue etc., and b) strands of meat get stuck in between teeth. As such, one would have to wait after eating raw meat too.

  • Maybe raw meat doesn't have the kind of juices that get stuck?
    – Double AA
    May 8 '14 at 13:15

there are two possible reasons for waiting between meat and dairy. one is rashi and one is the rambam. I don't remember which one is which. one onion is that the meat will get stuck in your teeth and just cleaning will not do a good enough job and so one will have to wait 6 hours for it to be removed from your teeth.

The other opinion is that it's b/c of that fat in your stomach and until 6 hours are up the digestive process is going to release flavor of meat into your mouth. One would have to wait.

practically according to halacha we are strict according to both opinions. For example if we only followed the opinion about teeth then meet which was finly blended would not require waiting or if it's about digestion than someone who chewed up meet for a small child would not have to wait (old fashion baby food before technology. Today in either case we wait the full amount of time for both types of situations

It is important to consult with a rabbi before taking my advise as practical halacha as I am not a Rabbi. It is possible that licking a small ammount of meat juice from one's finger does not actually fulfill wither stipulation for waiting until eating dairy, but I am not 100% sure.

As far as eating an entire piece of raw meat one would most definitely have to wait the full amount of time between meat and dairy as both reasons would still apply

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