Toivelling Slow Cooker Pot After Use

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Dear Rabbi Simon
Thank you for getting back to me last week regarding my Slow Cooker question.
However, to my dismay, I just realised something: I never toivelled (ie immersed in a mikveh) the ceramic pot!
My questions:
1) Even if the ceramic pot wasn’t toivelled, the food heated in it is still kosher – is my assumption correct?
2) Does it still need to be toivelled now I’ve realised? I believe that porcelain always needs to be toivelled, but without a bracha.
Best regards,
Sheva

Hi Sheva
Thank you for your question.
You are correct that the failure to immerse a new kitchen utensil does not affect the kosher status of the food prepared therein. And yes, the mitzvah/requirement to immerse it is still applicable, whenever you become aware of the need to do so.
WRT a porcelain utensil, many are indeed accustomed to immersing it without a berachah. (The blessing is recited on metal and glass utensils only.) Others follow the view of Rav Moshe Feinstein, Rav Yaakov Kaminetzky et al. that porcelain utensils do not require tevillah at all. This is my personal practice.
Best wishes
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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