Halacha Tag: cooking

The New Reality of Nuri

The joke goes that on Pesach there is nothing to eat, and on Sukkot there is nowhere to eat. On Shavuot we are too tired to eat, on Purim we are too drunk to eat and on Chanukah the food is much too oily and fattening to be able to eat. On Rosh Hashana there […]

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Frying Pans

There is a dispute amongst the Rishonim regarding frying pans. The Rashba (תורת הבית, בית ד שער ד) writes that since many times when using a frying pan the oil burns out or the pan has very little oil in it, it is as if the pan was used for roasting and would require libun […]

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Bishul – Cooking

Bishul, cooking, occurs when one heats up a liquid past yad soledet bo in a utensil. Bishul uses indirect heat, meaning that the food is not being heated directly from a fire, rather the heat is being conducted through a pot before reaching the food. Bishul can occur with just a liquid, or a liquid […]

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Taam K’ikar – Taste is Equivalent to the Food Itself

When a food is forbidden to eat, the taste of the food is also forbidden (Chullin 98b). The Gemara in Pesachim (44b) brings two sources for this. The first source is learned from a nazarite, one who is forbidden to eat grapes. The Torah says that a nazarite cannot eat anything in which grapes have […]

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What is Cooking

In regard to the biblical prohibition of mixing meat and dairy there is a dispute whether it becomes forbidden once it is a third cooked (מאכל בן דרוסאי) or even if it was just mixed while hot for an instant (hot means more than yad soledet bo – about 114 degrees Fahrenheit). The reason to […]

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Pots and Pans

When one cooks meat in a dairy pot (or vice versa), if the pot has been used in the past 24 hours with hot dairy, the meat that was cooked in it is biblically prohibited, and the pot needs to be koshered. If the pot was not used in the past 24 hours, it is […]

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