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Handling produce with kedushat shevi'it

Handling produce with kedushat shevi'it

Rabbis of Torah VeHa'aretz Institute

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Using and processing

√   Cooking, baking, grilling, roasting, and mashing foods generally processed this way.

√   Squeezing/juicing produce generally squeezed/juiced.

√   Juicing produce at home that is juiced on an industrial level.

√   Mashing foods for babies, even if these foods are not mashed for adults.

√   Feeding babies kedushat shevi'it produce (even if some spoils or is wasted).

√   Freezing fruits, juices, and soups if this does not cause them to spoil.

√   Mixing kedushat shevi'it food with other foods; the mixture now has kedushat shevi'it.

√   Peeling produce that is often peeled, even if the peels are edible.

×   Peeling the flesh of the fruits or vegetables, when possible.

×   Directly spoiling or wasting the food.

√   Indirectly causing food to spoil.

Handling peels and leftovers

√   Store leftovers and peels in a shemitah bin until they are no longer edible for humans
(raw food: 5–7  days; cooked food: two days). Afterwards they can be discarded in the regular garbage bin.

➡   Some are lenient and bag (preferably double bag) the leftovers and place them directly in the regular garbage bin.

×   Avoid mixing solid and liquid leftovers.

√   It is permissible to mix leftover kedushat shevi'it produce with fish and chicken scraps, if it does not make the fruits/vegetables disgusting.

➡   Some are stringent and double bag rotten kedushat shevi'it leftovers before discarding them.

√   Liquid leftovers with kedushat shevi'it can be kept out all night, and then discarded.

√   Wash small bits of produce stuck to pots, dishes, and cutting boards.