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Oven Use for Everyday, Shabbos and Yom Tov


1. Am I allowed to use a crockpot or slow cooker to cook my chulent for Shabbos lunch?

2. Is it acceptable to cook uncovered meat immediately after cooking fish in an oven?

3. Thank you for your "Shabbos Mode"áappliances online. In your pre-purchase advice for gas cooktops you mention a problem initiating a flame on Yom Tov. Is there a way to initiate a flame with these cooktops on Yom Tov?

4. Do you have to put a blech on an electric range top on Shabbos?

5. Can Iátake dry food out of my fridge and put it on top of the blech on Shabbos?

6. Could you explain the rules for using a hot plate on Shabbos?

7. How do I kasher a standard gas stove top?

8. I have a Frigidaire wall oven, model FEB24S5ABB, which is supposed to have a Sabbath Mode. It did not come with the instructions. Do you have the information I need?

9. Are ovens with a 12 hour shut off suitable for Yom Tov use?


1. Am I allowed to use a crockpot or slow cooker to cook my chulent for Shabbos lunch?

Yes, you may use a crockpot or slow cooker for Shabbos food. Put the food in early enough so that when Shabbos starts it will be at least half cooked. You should cover the control knob so that it will not be adjusted on Shabbos. It is also preferred to line the metal pot with foil as one would a blech.

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2.Is it acceptable to cook uncovered meat immediately after cooking fish in an oven?

If there is no visible fish or fish sauce residue in the oven, you may cook uncovered meat immediately after cooking fish.

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3. Thank you for your "Shabbos Mode"áappliances online. In your pre-purchase advice for gas cooktops you mention a problem initiating a flame on Yom Tov. Is there a way to initiate a flame with these cooktops on Yom Tov?

Some cooktops are ignited when you turn the knob to the highest setting to set off the electric spark. You can turn on the gas to a lower setting and hold a pre-existing flame to the burner to ignite. Other models click as you begin to turn the knob. Some claim that if the knob is turned quickly, it will not set off the sparking mechanism which would allow you to ignite the burner from a pre-existing flame. We suggest trying this out before purchasing to see if such a thing is possible.

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4. Do you have to put a blech on an electric range top on Shabbos?

Gas and electric coil rangetops must be covered with a blech in order to leave food on them over Shabbos. In addition, the control knobs should be covered so that you do not inadvertently adjust the dial. If the rangetop has the element built into a corean or glass top, you risk cracking the top by using a blech, and it would be sufficient to cover the control knobs.

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5. Can Iátake dry food out of my fridge and put it on top of the blech on Shabbos?

No, unless the food would never get hot (120░ F) in the spot you placed it, even if you would leave it there all day. However, you can take solid dry food that is completely cooked (such as kugel), and put it on top of another pot of food (such as a chulent pot) that is on the blech, even if the dry food will get hot.

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6. Could you explain the rules for using a hot plate on Shabbos?

One may leave pre-cooked food on a hot plate from before Shabbos. Any temperature control must be covered before Shabbos. One may not put food directly on a hot plate on Shabbos, even if the food was fully cooked beforehand. If the temperature cannot be set to go above 120 degrees Fahrenheit, you may place food on it on Shabbos. For a more detailed explanation of the issues involved, see "Oven Kashrus: For Shabbos Use"

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7. How do I kasher a standard gas stove top?
A gas stove top has several parts that need to be kashered. To kasher the grates, do the following:
  1. Clean the grates.
  2. Put them into the oven on 550°F or self-clean for forty minutes. (If the oven is not kosher, it must be cleaned first.)
  3. If it is not possible to put the grates into an oven, put a blech (metal sheet) over them and turn the flames on high for ten minutes. Caution: Do one grate at a time or remove the plastic knobs so they don't melt. Flames may come out of the sides of the blech.
For procedures to kasher the rest of the stove top, see "How to Make a Home Kosher".

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8. I have a Frigidaire wall oven, model FEB24S5ABB, which is supposed to have a Sabbath Mode. It did not come with the instructions. Do you have the information I need?


I have a Frigidaire wall oven, model FEB24S5ABB, which is supposed to have a Sabbath Mode. It did not come with the instructions. Do you have the information I need?

I'm sorry, but this model does not have a Sabbath Mode. If you click on the link below, you will see the page from our site listing all Frigidaire models with Sabbath Mode. This particular model is not listed. If someone in the store told you that it does have Sabbath Mode, then you were misinformed.

http://www.star-k.org/cons-appl-frigidaire.htm

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9.Are ovens with a 12 hour shut off suitable for Yom Tov use?

Ovens with a 12 hour shutoff are not suitable for Yom Tov use because they will not allow you to bake on Yom Tov day. The ovens we certify as "Sabbath Mode" are designed for use on Yom Tov and can block the 12 hour shutoff feature.

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