Milky Spoon for Chicken Soup

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Dear Rabbi Simon
I came into the kitchen after Shabbos (having read in the weekly Torah portion for the day about not mixing meat and milk [Ex. 23:19]) and found my youngest eating hot chicken soup in a meaty bowl with a milk spoon (a stainless steel spoon with enamel handle). Yikes! Please advise if either can be salvaged.

Dear Kathy
Sorry to hear of your kitchen misadventure. These things can happen in the most meticulous households. Assuming that the spoon was not used for hot dairy food within the previous 24 hours, the bowl is OK. The spoon needs to be koshered through hag’alah ie carefully immersing it in its entirety in boiling water for a few seconds. It is preferable to then rinse it in cold water.
Bon appetit
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
Where do you stand on quinoa (and the kitniyot ban) for Pesach?
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Dear Tzippy,
In line with other American authorities, I am in favour of quinoa. Although I reject completely the voices (mostly from Israel) seeking to abolish the ban on kitniyot entirely, IMO we do not need to include in the prohibition pseudo-grains that were unknown in the Old World until modern times. Best to buy with a Pesach hechsher though, to be free of any possible wheat contamination.
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