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French Fries in Oil Used to Fry Meat

French Fries in Oil Used to Fry Meat Question: Must one wait the requisite time between meat and milk if he ate something parve like french fries that was fried in oil previously used to fry chicken or meat Answer: A pareve dish cooked in oil that previously was used to fry meat is considered a "tavshil shel basar" a "meaty dish" [as opposed to meat itself or a dish with actual meat in it]. According to the ...

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Pre Seasoned Cookware

  Pre Seasoned Cookware Question: I bought a cast iron pan and toiveled it and then read the description on the label which says it's been "seasoned for a natural easy release finish that improves with use"  can I use it not knowing what kind of oil was used? Answer: Pre-seasoned cookware is treated with oil, which can be kosher or non-kosher, depending on whether the oil is animal or vegetable derived ...

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Onions Left Overnight

Onions Left Overnight Question: Hi, I chopped up onions and then realised I will be unable to prepare the dish until tomorrow. Is there any permissible way to leave onions overnight and still be allowed to eat them. Answer: For onions left overnight, add in to the onions [even] a small amount of something else, such as oil, salt or sugar. Thus it is considered a mixture and not subject to this concern. Sour ...

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Kosher Milk and Treifos in Cows

Question: I have a brother-in-law who insists, based on information he has received from reliable sources, that a majority of cows are determined to be treifos. If so, then the principle of "Rov Beheimos K'sheiros" would no longer apply. He has actually taken action and stopped consuming dairy products. Can the Rov please clarify this issue and guide me how to respond to my brother-in-law? Answer: The first ...

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Hot Water Urn Used with Non Kosher Foods

Question: May someone use a hot water urn at the office if there is the likelihood that one of the non-Jewish workers used non-kosher soup/coffee.  From what I found, the majority of poskim are not concerned with nitzuk with respect to isur v'heter.  But I imagine that there should still be a problem of the steam from the soup on to the spout above.  I saw one kashrus organization gave a heter and was not c ...

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Business Meeting and Kosher Food

Question: I'm attending a conference later this month where kosher food will be provided for me and my coworkers. The following is from an email that the hosts sent me: We are setting up tables with stationary hors d’oeuvres and there will be waiter passed hors d’oeuvres as well. I’d like to set up something separate for the kosher food and I’m not sure what is appropriate. Since the reception will be in ou ...

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Kashrut of Toothpaste

Question: Does toothpaste require kosher supervision? Answer: Toothpaste is not consumed and in fact is not fit for consumption. As such there is no kashrus concern as to it's ingrediants. Even if there are non kosher ingredients, which is itself a safek, they are often batel. The fact that one tastes the flavor before spitting it out poses no concern in such a case. Nevertheless, if toothpaste with a hechs ...

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