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Organizing Kosher Kitchens Course Part 1

Posted on 18 July 2010

Organizing Kosher Kitchens Course Part 1

The Organizing Kosher Kitchens Course Part 1 starts with the question: “Do you really need 3 sets of Milchig, Fleshig, and Pareve, and if you do, where are you going to put it all?”

Duplicating your Milchig, Fleishig, and Pareve dishes, glasses, cookware, and bakeware, food preparation, and serving is like putting 3 kitchens into 1. Let’s see if we can weed out some of our stuff to make better use of our space.

Even if you have a very small kitchen, you can still organize it and make it work for you, and I’ll teach you how. Even if you had a very large kitchen, you would still struggle with fitting 3 into 1 because remember the principle: clutter grows to fill the space at hand.

So, the basic understanding of a kosher kitchen is that there are 3 sets of everything: Milchig, Fleishig, Pareve.

But do you really NEED all 3 sets? Are you using them?

In my own home, we rarely cook dairy. And our halachic issues are much simpler. If I want a pizza, I put it in my toaster oven. We really don’t eat much dairy.

So I had a whole 16 piece set of dairy dishes in one cabinet and my set of dairy pots in another cabinet. It finally dawned on me that since I only using the cereal bowls and one dairy pot for oatmeal every morning, I should move them downstairs.

I have 2 extra cabinets that I now use as an art station for my kids, 1 cabinet of sippy cups and bottles, water bottles, and travel mugs. And the other cabinet I put all of my dishcloths in.

Perhaps you can do the same.

Do you really NEED 3 sets of everything? Pareve silverware? Do you actually need that?

I do know families that completely do not have a Pareve section. They bake/cook either dairy or meat. Finish. I do understand though the appeal of having a dessert with either meal. In that case, if you wanted to make pareve brownies to be eaten with either a dairy meal or a meat meal, you would need those pieces of pareve bakeware. Because you couldn’t make brownies in pots you’ve used for milk and then serve them at your fleishig shabbos meal.

So, thinking about your 3 sets of everything-bakeware, serving, cooking, and food preparation pieces, assess whether or not you really need the 3 sets.

Ask your Rabbi if you have specific kashrus questions and go from there.

You may also want to look at some organizing products I specifically recommend for keeping the sections of a kosher kitchen seperate from each other. The products are available here at this link.

Click here to go to organizing kitchens course part II

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