Using a Toaster in a Rental Property

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Dear Rabbi Simon
We plan to stay in a rented cottage in Devon. Is it OK to use their toaster if we put it on once with nothing in?
Many thanks,

Dear Meir,
Sorry I cannot endorse using the toaster in a holiday rental. Very difficult to clean thoroughly and the bread comes into direct contact with the interior of the toaster.
A toaster oven however can be kashered through thorough cleaning with an abrasive cleansing agent and leaving it on for 45 minutes. Same as a regular oven. Still best to avoid contact of your food with the actual surface of the oven. Use aluminium foil or similar.
Enjoy Devon!
Best wishes
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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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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