Artscroll is offering a free download on kashering (koshering) your kitchen for Passover. It’s a nice guide…
the link – click for free PDF download.
A few notes of my own on reading it…
a. When they discuss using an “even-meluban” (a hot stone), I have personally
seen, done myself, and have a tradition from my wife’s family, to use a normal
clothing iron. Or, to put it another way “are you going to iron your
countertops this year”, yes.
b. Chabad chassidim have a further chumra to both kasher and cover (the
article discusses doing one or the other other) with a thick cover.
c. The current “thick cover” of choice is vinyl floor tile/covering. This
choice is particularly hygienic, heat resistant, water proof, inexpensive and
very easy to cut to shape.
d. On blow torching an oven to kasher it, sticking a hand blow torch with the
gas bottle attached into a hot oven is CRAZY DANGEROUS. I’m amazed I’ve never
heard a story of an explosion resulting from such. (Yes I’ve done it myself,
yes it was stupid, no I would not do it again.) The article discusses covering
the inside of the oven with foil. Another alternative I’ve seen is having a
metal box insert inside the oven. You insert food pans into the insert. It
Be safe. There are too many stories of people (especially children) getting
injured during Pesach cleaning (with harsh chemicals or when boiling or
torching). Speak with your rav, don’t risk life or limb for every chumra (just
for some of them :-).
Chag Kasher v’Samayach.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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