B. Shira Levine
Navigating new wilderness

Passover kashering part 3…

This is just like Elul… I have all these high hopes of blogging my experiences, and then what happens?  Time flies and seder’s tonight and I only really blogged two things and haven’t uploaded any of the pictures / videos I took of the process.

I have not accomplished all the goals I set out for myself.  And in some ways I’ll probably be *eating* in a way that’s less “kosher for Passover” than in previous years, given that I’m completely cool with kitniyot this year.

But in terms of preparing for Pesach, you know what?  I improved over last year, and under some pretty stressful circumstances to boot.

  • I spent a good deal of time since I last wrote boiling metalware in a big pasta pot with a giant rock in it.  I used metal tongs and put them in one or two at a time.  I actually enjoyed this–just me hanging out in the kitchen with my tongs, boiling stuff and setting it on some paper towels.
  • I cleaned the fridge – this used to be a daunting task, but having done a thorough fridge cleaning every year for the past 5 or so for Passover, it no longer stresses me out.
  • I cleaned out some cabinets, rearranging my spices and cooking oils, wiping everything I could see.
  • This morning I did several rounds of filling my teakettle, boiling the water, and pouring it over large metal things like my dish drainer, a bowl, and another metal pot.  I then did the same to my granite countertop.  My other countertops are quartz so I’ll cover them this year (I boiled them last year but they’re apparently not kasherable).
  • I got a few new cooking utensils made entirely of metal, so that they’ll be kasherable next year.  And I got pots I’m going to use only for Passover going forward (also entirely metal including lid, so that technically I can change my mind and still kasher them next year if I want).
  • I made Michael a list for while I was away, and he worked on it.  Including doing the last round of draining the bath that the dishes were sitting in.  (by the way, bathing your dishes is also a great way to get a two year old to stop crying.  “Look Emet!  The dishes are in the bathtub!  Isn’t that silly?!?!?!”)
  • We gave our regular cleaning service professional instructions for extra cleaning, and she cleaned floorboards and the cats’ furniture.
  • I vacuumed my car.  Boy, kids’ car seats are gross.
  • I got a haircut and a brow wax (it’s traditional not to cut hair between Passover and Shavuot).
  • My oven is cleaning itself now.
  • I plan to cover burners with foil after oven finishes.

So there you have it.  Got a few more finishing touches, and I wish I’d made the place look all organized and spotless, but I feel good about the lack of chametz up in here.  I guess some people (like me) really need a religious obligation to clean thoroughly.  Plus, for people (like me) who need to be *doing* at all times, methodically dipping silverware into a large pot of boiling water for an hour is the closest I get to a meditative, calming state.  And I’m hoping to continue the “detoxing” aspects of this chametz-shedding business over the holiday.

Chag sameach!

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B. Shira Levine writes about Jewish spirituality and observance, parenting, intersectionality, and the U.S. and Atlanta Jewish communities. Views are her own and not those of her employer, synagogues, or any other organization.