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I haven't used certain pots for years -- are they Kosher for Passover?

I haven't used certain pots for years -- are they Kosher for Passover?

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Question:

I have been told that since I have not used my chametz pots and pans for over four years, that I may use them for Passover. Is this correct?

Please respond ASAP, since I'm really in a time bind—as is probably everyone else this time of the year...

Answer:

I hope this answer gets to you in time!

You are indeed correct that there is a concept of utensils which have not been used for over a year having lost all traces of their original taste, and therefore not requiring koshering. However this loophole — which is not accepted by all halachic authorities — is only relied upon under pressing circumstances such as expensive china which cannot be koshered, and would otherwise need to be thrown away. And even in such an instance, the utensils need to undergo a perfunctory koshering.1

In a case of normal chametz dishes, however, the dishes must be koshered, no matter how long they've been sitting unused in the closet.

Click here for a link to lots of great info on how to kosher your utensils.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and kosher Passover!

Yours truly,

Rabbi Menachem Posner

Footnotes
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Speak to your rabbi if you feel that you have utensils which meet the "pressing circumstance" criteria. He will advise you on the proper procedure for such an instance.

Rabbi Menachem Posner serves as staff editor for Chabad.org.
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Anonymous Herzliya, Israel April 19, 2010

Pot & pans not in use 10 years I have not used meat or milk products in my home for the past 10 years.
A relative is due who does eat meat and milk (separately of course according to Kashrut laws). Do these pots and pans which have not been used for 10 years need to be kashered in anyway when I decide wich will be for meat and which for milk? Would appreciate reply asap. Thankyou Reply

Gisele Brooklyn, NY March 29, 2007

THANKS FOR THIS VITAL INFO SINCE I had silverwear that was not used for at least over 20 years, I was not sure i could use them as Peasach meat silverwear. Thanks for this answer, which I was about to ask myself. Reply

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