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Dear Members and Friends of Bais Torah:
I am sorry to inform you that after further investigation regarding the matter of Shevach Quality Meats, new information has come to light that undermines the credibility of the establishment’s proprietorship for an indeterminate period of time.
Therefore any meat or chicken that was ever purchased at Shevach Meats in Hatzlocho Grocery is of dubious Kashrus status and must be treated as non-Kosher.
Any such meat or chicken should be discarded or returned to the store, where they will issue a refund.
Any utensils as well as pots, pans ovens etc. that came in contact with any of that chicken or meat when hot must be properly kashered.
I will briefly outline Kashering procedures in this letter:
Ovens that can be self-cleaned should be self-cleaned.
Anything that can safely be placed in a self-cleaning oven when the cycle is run should be placed there, as it is the easiest way to kasher.
Non-self clean ovens should be cleaned with a caustic oven cleaner such as Easy-Off and burned out at the highest setting for an hour.
Crockpots with earthenware pots cannot be kashered. The earthenware pot must be replaced.
Pots and pans that were used to cook chicken and meat in liquid (i.e. chicken soup, pot roast etc.) require Hagolo. Hagolo may only be done after the utensil has not been used with hot food for 24 hours; the utensil that is to be kashered must be fully clean and free of rust.
There are places that are conducting public Hagolos for those who do not wish to do so on their own. For those wishing to do it themselves, the pot or pan must be fully immersed in vigorously boiling water. If the pot is too large to be immersed in another vessel it may be kashered by filling it with boiling water and dropping a rock into the pot, causing the boiling water to spill over all sides. Immediately after immersion in the boiling water, the vessels should be immersed in or rinsed with cold water.
Pots and pans used to roast meat or chicken (not in liquid) require Libun. That may be accomplished by inserting them in a self-cleaning oven for the duration of the self-clean cycle or blow-torching each spot for 7 seconds.
Enamel and glass/Pyrex roasting pans cannot be kashered and should be discarded.
Silverware and other cooking utensils may be kashered with Hagolo (see above).
Grills require Libun. Certain grills attain a high enough level of heat to reach Libun on their own. If your grill reaches 800 degrees or higher, then you should fully cover the grates with heavy duty aluminum foil and burn it out on high for as long as the grill normally takes to achieve its maximum temperature (about 20 minutes). If your grill doesn't get that hot, or if you are unsure, you can run the grill grates through a self-clean cycle in the oven. In either case, the grill box itself must be burned out by running the grill on high without any foil covering the grates for approximately 30 minutes.
If you are in the habit of placing hot pots or food directly on your countertops, then the countertops should be kashered as well. In this case, one may kasher Formica and other synthetic countertops in the same manner as granite, namely pouring boiling water over each spot. Please do so carefully. If you do not place hot pots or food directly on the counter top, you do not need to kasher them.
Stovetops may be kashered by cleaning the grates or stovetop and burning them out on high for about 20 minutes.
Sinks should be kashered by pouring boiling water over each part.
The dishwasher should be run while empty through a cycle at its highest operating temperature.
Plates and dishes are a complex component in this issue and will most likely need to be dealt with on a case by case basis. Any plates, bowls and dishes made of wood, stone, metal or glass in this particular case may be kashered through Hagolo. Corelle dishes as well may be kashered through Hagolo in this case.
If you have porcelain, china, clay or other earthenware dishes, you should speak to me about how to proceed.
Please note that all of the above applies to you if you are certain that you have used meat or chicken that was packaged in the store at Shevach Meats. Any prepackaged sealed meats purchased in the store do not present a problem.
Additionally, if you do not buy at that particular store and are uncertain that you may have at one time bought meat or chicken from that establishment, you do not have to kasher your kitchen.
The kashering requirements only extend to utensils used with the meat or chicken when hot. No other utensils require any kashering.
Also, Shevach Meats was an independently owned and operated entity that rented space in Hatzlocho grocery. It is not my place to endorse any grocery, but I feel it is important that people understand that the owners of Hatzlocho grocery are victims, as are the rest of us.
Should any other pertinent information come to light, I will keep you informed.
I can assure you that measures will be taken to prevent anything like this from happening again in the future.
May the Ribbono Shel Olam guard our mouths from any wrong and may we merit a Kesiva V'Chasima Tovah and a good and happy year.
Please call me at home with any specific questions.
Rabbi Yisroel Gottlieb
Rav, Congregation Bais Torah