We do not eat meat or poultry in the Nine Days with certain exceptions notably Shabbos. It is customary to taste the Shabbos cooking on erev Shabbos afternoon to check the flavouring. During the nine days, is it necessary to spit this small quantity of food out or can one swallow it? I once asked a shaaloh and was told it is permitted to swallow but must not eat a large amount. I recently heard in a shiur that it’s better not to swallow the food. CYLOR of course but where does the argument originate?

  • Does one make a bracha if one knows one will spit it out? Presumably so??
    – SAH
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 5:23

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Per Shmiras Shabbos Khilchasa 42:61 on Erev Shabbos during the Nine Days, you may also taste the food. However, one should try not to swallow food containing meat ingredients

  • Rabbi Neustadt in his most recent "A discussion on the three weeks" quotes the Mekor Chayim 551:9 to say, "A woman who needs to taste the Shabbos foods while cooking may do so on Friday afternoon after midday". Since he does not mention spitting out the foods like the sources brought by the Shmiras Shabbos Khilchasa, I assume she may swallow the food. I could not find which Mekor Chayim this is. Can someone help please? Commented Jul 16, 2012 at 16:50
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    See the note there where the SSK indicates that when Rosh Chodesh falls on Erev Shabbos (like this year, 5775), it should be fine to swallow the food.
    – Fred
    Commented Jul 18, 2015 at 1:15
  • Don't see how this answers "where does the argument originate".
    – Oliver
    Commented Jul 17, 2018 at 16:05

In the sefer Tshuvos Avigdor Halevi (Rav Nebontzal) page 390:24 he holds even to taste is assur.

  • Don't see how this answers "where does the argument originate".
    – Oliver
    Commented Jul 17, 2018 at 16:06
  • How is it worse than a siyum or Kos Shel Bracha? Tasting food lekavod shabbos is certainly a mitzva.
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 19:33

Rabbi Ovadya Yosef states in the Hazon Ovadya Chapter 1: Paragraph 14 that it is a mitzvah to taste the Shabbat dishes on Friday in order to see that they are well seasoned and well prepared as befits the Shabbat.In paragraph 16, he continues A person who tastes a dish- not for the sake of eating, but in order to check whether it lacks salt or spices-does not need to recite a blessing before tasting.This is true even if he swallows the food that he tastes.Concerning Shabbat Hazon he states in chapter 17. Even on erev shabbat hazon One may taste the meat dishes prepared for Shabbat but stipulates that one should taste only a bit [ i.e., less than a ka'zayit of the dish]

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