Pesach Kitchen Checklist

The following is a checklist reviewing items commonly found in the kitchen and how to prepare them for Pesach.

Utensil

Preparation

Baby Bottle Since it comes into contact with chometz (e.g., washed with dishes, boiled in chometz pot), new ones should be purchased.
Baby High Chair Clean thoroughly. Preferable to cover the tray with contact paper.
Blech Libbun gamur. Should preferably be replaced
Blender/Food Processor New or Pesachdik receptacle required (plus any part of unit that makes direct contact with food). Thoroughly clean appliance. The blade should be treated like any knife and should be kashered through hagola.
Smoothie Machine New or Pesachdik receptacle required (plus any part of unit that makes direct contact with food). Thoroughly clean appliance. The blade should be treated like any knife and should be kashered through hagola.
Can Opener Difficult to clean properly. Should be put away with chometz dishes.
Candlesticks/Tray Clean thoroughly. Should not be put under hot water in a kosher for Pesach sink.
Coffeemakers Metal coffeemakers that have brewed only unflavored pure coffee. Clean thoroughly. Replace with new or Pesachdik glass carafe and new filters. Metal coffeemakers that have brewed flavored coffee should be cleaned thoroughly. Do not use for 24 hours. Pour one cup of water into chamber. Water should be heated in unit and allowed to drip over the exposed metal base. Replace with new plastic filter holder, new filters, and a new or Pesachdik glass carafe. Plastic coffeemakers should not be kashered.
Colanders Metal – Libbun kal. Plastic – Do not use.
Dentures, Bite Plates, Braces Clean thoroughly after one has finished eating chometz.
Dishwashers Cannot be kashered
Electric Burner Drip Pans Clean thoroughly
Grater Metal – Libbun kal. Plastic – Do not use.
Ice Cream Scooper Hagola
Ice Cube Trays See Refrigerator, Freezer
Instant Hot Devices See Water Filters
Keurig A Keurig used year round for only coffee (reg., decaf., and/or flavored – even without a hechsher) can be koshered for Pesach in the following manner: Clean the Keurig machine well and then replace the cup holder (many, but not all Keurig machines have a replaceable K-cup holder). After the cleanout, do not use the machine for 24 hours. After this time has elapsed, run a cycle of hot water to kasher the upper metal pin. If the machine processed a non-kosher product (e.g. chicken soup), it can not be kashered for any year round use. If it processed real-chometz products (e.g. oatmeal), it can not be kashered for Pesach.
Light Box Clean thoroughly
Metal Wine Goblets Hagola
Metal Wine Trays Hagola
Mixer Do not use, even with new blades and bowls.
Pump Pot If in contact with chometz (e.g., sponge) do not use. Otherwise, does not need kashering.
Refrigerator, Freezer Thoroughly clean. Lining shelves is not necessary.
Ice cube trays (that are filled with water in the sink) should be put away with chometz dishes. Ice cube bins which catch the ice made in the freezer should be thoroughly cleaned and used as usual.
Rings (Finger) Eruy roschim
Rings, Napkin Hagola
Tables A table upon which chometz is eaten during the year may be used on Pesach if it is covered with a waterproof covering (e.g., sheet of plastic). It is preferable to put either cardboard or a few layers of paper on the table under the plastic covering. Tablepads may be overturned and used.
Towels, Tablecloths, etc. Those used during the year with chometz may be used during Pesach if they have been laundered with soap and hot water, even if the stains do not come out. The same applies to potholders, bibs, and aprons. Synthetic material, such as Rayon and Terylene, that can only withstand a warm water cycle, may be used during Pesach after they have gone through a washing with detergent, and only if there are no visible stains after they have been cleaned. Transparent tablecloths may be coated with a powder and should be rinsed off before use. Regarding other tablecloths, see Pesach Product Directory.
Vases Those used on the table during the year may be used during Pesach if they are washed, both inside and out.
Washing Cup (used in Kitchen) Metal – Hagola
Plastic – Put away with chometz dishes.
Water Pitchers Should be put away with chometz dishes.
Water Filters Plastic water filters that are connected to the faucet should be thoroughly cleaned, including the outside and the coupling, and may be used during Pesach without changing the filters. If they are metal and have been on consistently since the previous Pesach, they should be left on during kashering of the spigot. If they were first attached some time after Pesach, they should be removed before kashering the spigot and should be kashered separately. Instant hot devices and individual hot/cold water filters that are connected to the sink with a separate spigot should be kashered, along with the sink. Instant hot devices should be turned on during kashering of instant hot spigot.
Water Coolers Cold water coolers should be cleaned thoroughly. The hot spigot on a water cooler should not be used if it came into contact with chometz during the year.

 

Kitchen Items That Cannot Be Kashered

Bread Machine Melmac Sandwich Maker
China Mixer Silverstone
Corningware Panini Maker Stoneware
Crockpot Pasta Maker Synthetic Rubber
Dishwasher Plastic Utensils Teflon
George Foreman Grill Plastic Vegetable Steamer Toaster/Toaster Oven
Immersion Blenders Porcelain (Enamel) Utensils Waffle Iron
Knives with Plastic Handles Pyrex