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Kashrut 4: Oops! Wrong Pot! (aino ben yomo)

by Rabbi Dovid Bendory, I Adar 25 5765 (March 6, 2005)

Oh no! I used the wrong pot! What do I do now!?

In the case at hand, you used an aino ben yomo meat pot to cook a pot of oatmeal with milk. We'll think this through exactly as we did in the ben yomo case. What tastes were transfered in the process? We'll need to cover two issues: the meat pot and the food in it.

The Meat Pot

Certainly the meat pot absorbed the dairy tastes of the milk in the oatmeal. While these dairy tastes mix with the previously absorbed meat tastes in the pot, those meat tastes were lifgam already, so there is technically no forbidden mixture in the pot. However, because the meat pot is now permeated with dairy tastes; it can no longer be used to cook and must be kashered.

The Oatmeal

The oatmeal and milk have absorbed meat tastes from the pot, but these tastes are noten ta'am lifgam. The spoiled meat tastes do not render anything nonkosher, so the oatmeal and milk are permitted!

Note that this is an interesting case in that the food in the pot is kosher but the pot itself is not! How can this be!?

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