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Making Pesach Without a Pesach Kitchen A S T EP - B Y-S T EP S ER I A L I Z ED SUMMARY BY: CHANA RIVKY SPITZER

THIS WEEK:

KASHERING THE KITCHEN (AND THE PRE-K A SHERING AND P O S T- K A S H E R I N G P R O C E S S )

We’re almost there! With the chometz tucked into its corner, we can get ready for the actual kashering. Keep in mind that the kashering in itself — at a half-hour or so — is a very short task. It’s the before and after that take time. So if you’ve been working all day on the stove and countertops and are planning on just finishing up so you can kasher and wake up tomorrow to finally start your Pesach cooking with a bang, stop dreaming — and go to bed! A more realistic version of the night is a tired woman pushing herself to just wash out the garbage can, and then just

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wipe down the woodwork, toe kicks, cabinet doors, the sides of the stove that was pulled out, the vacuum cleaner, the steam vents, and at long last, scrub the floor itself. It’s 3:00 a.m. by the time you finally pour that hot water, wipe up the puddles, and start wrapping up the kitchen in layers of foil and plastic. You collapse into bed close to sunrise and wake up the next morning trying to survive as an exhausted woman who certainly is not at her productive best. For years, this was the way I did it, until one year I heeded the advice of my well-

intentioned family and just went to bed at a decent hour. The next morning, I was amazed at how quickly the work got done when my mind was clear and my body rested. How much more productive the day ended up being! PR EPA R I N G T H E KITCHEN F OR K A SHERING

Self-cleaning the oven: If you intend to kasher your oven for Pesach (I use a tin oven box; consult your own rav for a psak), it needs to be cleaned after the last chometz was baked in it. But I find that leaves me with too much heavy cleaning at once. So I self-clean the oven ahead, scrub the door as needed, and then continue to use the oven, being careful to put all food into large baking pans to catch drips and always loosely cover them to avoid splat-

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