Orthodox Judaism/kosher


Is it possible to kasher, in a mikvah, a pot or pan that was used to cook treif? Additionally is it allowable to use a non-kosher microwave to heat up previously cooked kosher food?


Zack, shalom!

A mikva is never used for kashering non-kosher utensils. A mikva is for immersing dishes that were purchased or acquired from a non-Jew. If a utensil becomes non-kosher, it must be kashered, generally by immersing it in boiling hot water. Sometimes a blowtorch or other exposed fire will be required. Please seek a local rabbi for further guidance.

So too, a microwave can be kashered by cleaning it out well, leaving it idle for twenty four hours, and then boiling up a glass of water until the entire microwave is filled with steam.

I hope this helps!


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Rabbi Ari N. Enkin originally from Montreal fulfilled his life-long dream of making aliyah in July 2004 after serving for seven years as a congregational and community rabbi in Montreal, Edmonton, and Winnipeg. Rabbi Enkin holds both Yoreh-Yoreh and Yadin-Yadin semichas as well as a Masters Degree specializing in Informal Adult Education. He is the author of several seforim including most recently "Dalet Amot - Halachic Perspectives" which discusses over 100 contemporary halachic issues. The first printing quickly sold out and a second revised edition is underway (Gefen Publishing House), as is a second volume in this series. Rabbi Enkin is also a frequent contributor to a number of publications on mostly Halachic topics. Since making Aliyah Rabbi Enkin has taught at a number of Yeshivot and Seminaries and is currently working as the manager of Cheerfully Changed Financial Services in Modiin. He also serves as the General Editor of the highly acclaimed Hirhurim Website as well as rabbinical advisor to Judaism.about.com. His lectures are known to be fun, informal, and enlightening appropriate form both laymen and scholars alike.

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