Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A separate bread knife


Technically, one could use a knife to cut meat, clean its surface, and then use the same knife to cut bread that would be eaten with dairy. We would not be concerned for the knife's absorption of meat and then potential extrusion of that absorption into the dairy.

Nonetheless, the general Jewish practice is to avoid this situation, presumably due to concern lest the knife or its handle be cleaned insufficiently in between; we keep separate knives. One should not deviate from this practice.

(Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 89:4)

Have a great day,

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