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Seasoning without a hescher

Rabbi David SperlingTammuz 7, 5780
Hello Rabbi, I accidentally used a zaatar blend that did not have a hescher to season potatoes which were then cooked in a frying pan. Does this make the pan non-kosher, and if so how can I fix it if I do not own a blowtorch? Thanks
Shalom, Thank you for your question. You are correct in thinking that if you cooked non-kosher food in a frying pan it would need to be koshered. However, in your case, you do not need to kosher the pan. The reason for this is that there is a great likelihood that the spice you used, even though it did not have a hechser (kosher certification) on it, could very well be kosher. Of course, we cannot rely on this doubt to use or eat such products – and you should dispose of the spice. But, after the fact, when it comes to the frying pan, we can rely on the great likelihood that any small amount of non-kosher ingredients in the spice (if at all) would have been nullified in the overwhelming amount of kosher ingredients. (There is also a possibility that the spice itself was nullified in the potatoes you cooked). You may therefor rely on the most lenient form of koshering a frying pan. That is, after it was not used for 24 hours, and cleaned, you then heat it up on the stovetop until it is hot enough that when a tissue is touched to it, the tissue changes color. Move the pan around so that all its surface reaches this heat level. Blessings.
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