Okay so I've done quite a bit of reading on how to kasher, on what items can and can't be kashered, and how to maintain a kosher kitchen. I have an appointment with my rabbi to come over and help with the actual kashering part of it.
My question, however, is with the preparation. I know you need to clean everything really well first and then let it sit for 24 hours, but I'm having a ton of trouble figuring out the basic logistics of the cleaning process because everything I've found assumes I already know this piece of it.
Mostly what I'm trying to figure out is:
- What are the rules for things touching each other after the cleaning? Can I, for instance, empty the cupboards, clean the cupboards, clean the items I emptied out, and then put them back in?
- Is it fine if I put down fresh shelf paper?
- If not, what am I supposed to do with the displaced (but clean) items in the meantime? I have cats and they are likely to try and play with items that are just sitting out.
- Can I use an un-koshered dishwasher to do the washing, or do I need to do the washing all by hand?
- When does the 24-hour wait time begin? Once I'm done with all of it? Or do I need to remember the exact order I did things in?
- During the 24-hour wait period, what should I do for food? Eat out? Use disposable dishes? Can I bring food into the kitchen?
- Also, during the actual kashering process, where do I put all of the newly kashered dishes until the surfaces they need to sit on are also kashered? Or, should I do the surfaces first and then the items?
I really don't want to waste my rabbi's time and want to get this right! Thanks in advance!!
(Possibly important note: my kitchen is very small and I'm aiming for dairy-only.)