Hagalas Keilim 2019

We will be providing Hagalas Keilim for the Chicagoland community on Sunday, April 14th from 3pm - 5pm. There is a suggested donation of $10.

About Hagalas Keilim - By Rabbi Dovid Cohen of CRC




What is Hagalah? (Adapted from OUKosher.org)

Utensils that were used to cook non-kosher or chametz liquid can be kashered with hagalah (boiling in water).

How should I prepare my dishes for the Hagalah process?

To prepare the utensil for hagalah, the utensil must be thoroughly cleaned. Only utensils that can be scrubbed clean should be kashered. After cleaning, the utensils should then be left idle for 24 hours.

What items can and cannot be kashered via Hagalah?

Items that have narrow cracks, crevices, deep scratches or other areas that cannot be cleaned, cannot be kashered for Passover. The following, for example, cannot be kashered for Passover: pots with rolled lips, bottles with narrow necks, filters, colanders, knives (or other utensils) where food can get trapped between the blade and handle.

How is the process conducted?

To kasher, every part of the utensil must make contact with boiling water. This process can be done in parts. For example, a large spoon can be immersed into a pot of boiling water for 10 seconds, turned over and then the remainder immersed. When the utensil is removed from the boiling water, it should be rinsed off in cold water. While strictly speaking these utensils may be kashered in a clean non-Passover pot that was not used for 24 hours, the minhag, however, is to kasher the pot first, by boiling water in the pot and discarding.

Glenbrook Mikvah has dedicated equipment that is used for Hagalas Keilim for Pesach only, and remains unused throughout the rest of the year.


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