Daf ha-kashrus

Kashering the Jacket of a Ben Yomo Kettle – Lo Basi Ela L’Orer

Vol. 23 / No. 7

Mechaber (Y.D. 103:7) writes that if water is cooked in a basar b’chalav pot while it is still a ben yomo, not only does the water
become assur, but we restart counting the 24 hours [1] . Rema extends this halacha to all issurim. The reasoning for this is because there is a new bliya of issur, either because of ChaNaN (Mechaber and Rema) or because of nat bar bat d’issura (Shach). However according to either opinion, if the pot is empty, even if it is heated, we would not restart counting the 24 hours, since there is no new bliya of issur.

EXAMPLE: We must always wait 24 hours before kashering a spray dryer, so that it will be an aino ben yomo. However, if the company wants to heat the dryer, after it has been cleaned and dry, this will not restart the counting of the 24 hours.

However, it should be noted that if one heated a water jacketed kettle during the 24 hours, this would restart the counting. This is because even when the kettle appears empty, in truth the jacket is full of non-kosher water. Moreover, even if the kettle is not used for several weeks, the water in the jacket will still remain non-kosher. To kasher these keilim, the water must be first drained from the jacket and left empty for 24 hours, or a chemical pogem must be added to the water in the jacket to make the water non-potable.

What about a steam jacketed kettle? If the steam is turned on during the 24 hours, does this also restart the clock? What makes this question all the more relevant is that when there is a shas ha’dchak, we allow kashering keilim while they are still ben yomo. This is accomplished using a davar ha’pogem by means of a double kashering. This means that the kettle/kli is first
kashered with roschim water that is pagum, and then kashered a second time with plain roschim water. The bliyos of issur are expelled into the pagum water and become batel. A second kashering is done, since lichatchila one should only kasher with plain water. If one is able to add a davar ha’pogem to the steam, the jacket will be kashered as well. However, if only plain steam is available for the kashering, can this be permitted, since the steam will absorb ta’am issur from the jacket and get reabsorbed? Won’t the jacket remain non-kosher?

However, there is a sevara to be maikel to allow kashering the steam jacket of a kettle even when it is still a ben yomo, even without pagum steam. This is because Igeros Moshe (Y.D. Chailek II:31) writes that in situations where we do not say ChaNaN, one can kasher ben yomo using a double kashering even without a davar ha’pogem. This is because each kashering reduces the bliya. Although some issur will get absorbed back into the kli, after two kasherings we assume that the bliya is sufficiently reduced to become batel. Regarding the steam jacket, there is a safek whether any bliya can penetrate through the walls of the kettle into the jacket [2] . Poskim write that we do not say ChaNaN lach b’lach b’sha’ar issurim when there is only safek issur [3] .
Therefore, kashering the jacket twice will reduce the bliya in the jacket to the point where it can be batel. Although, lichatchila one should make every effort to only kasher after 24 hours, or at least to add a davar ha’pogem to the steam, but if this is not possible, then one can kasher a steam jacketed kettle with a double kashering with a davar ha’pogem, even though the steam does not have a pegima. (Of course, the source of the steam itself must be kosher).

by Rabbi Eli Gersten, RC Recorder of OU Psak and Policy


[1] Mechaber writes that this also is provided that there was no li’nas ley’la.
[2] See Taz Y.D. 92:18 &19 and Chachmos Adam 45:3 & 14
[3] Pri Migadim (Kellalim B’hora’as Issur V’heter s.k. 6) writes that whenever Rema permits
something b’hefsed mirubah and there are additional sfeikos to be maikel, then one can
be maikel even when it is not a hefsed mirubah. Maharsham (6:91) and V’yan Yosef (Y.D.
37) write this explicitly regarding safek CHaNaN lach b’lach.