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Jul 7, 2010 03:47 AM

How do you toivel a pasta maker?

I was wondering if someone has had a previous experience with toiveling a pasta maker? My wife bought us a kitchen aid pasta maker that attaches to our kitchen aid and there is a sticker on it that says do not immerse in water, probably because it would cause rust or mess up the gears, i think. Has anyone done it anyway? Anyone know a way around it? Any suggestions would be helpful. thanks.

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  1. Although I'm not Jewish I was intrigued by your question so I did a bit of Googling and found the following passage...I hope it helps:

    "If it is impossible to tovel a utensil because the utensil is too large to immerse in a mikvah, if there is no available mikvah, if the vessel will be ruined when placed in a mikvah, or if immersion may present a hazard, a Rabbinic authority should be consulted. A possible suggestion would be to disassemble the vessel and have a Jew reassemble the vessel. Reassembly would not apply to the parts of a meat grinder that are regularly assembled and disassembled during ordinary use. Reassembly would apply to utensils that don't ordinarily get dismantled. Another suggestion would be to give the utensil in question to a non-Jew as an outright gift and borrow it back from the non-Jew. However, this procedure only helps for one day, such as Shabbos.

    Essentially, each specific question should be evaluated by a Rav so that an appropriate halachic ruling can be made." It comes from this article:

    1. I'm not sure how a pasta maker works, so maybe this is irrelevant, but my Foreman grill also says not to immerse in water, because it's an electrical appliance. If left to dry for 48 hours (and obviously if you don't immerse the cord!), it's fine... but again, I'm not sure how a pasta maker works / why it can't be immersed, so asking a rabbi is probably your best bet.

      1. In general, with electric appliances, I do immerse them, and then let them dry for a week before using. I've never had a problem.

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          1. To answer my own question, you don't toivel the pasta maker, you take it apart to the point where it was "made by someone jewish" and thus does not need to be toiveled. I will say that this was easier said then done but we did it last night and it works fine right now. We were a little worried that it wasn't going to fit together because it all falls apart once you take off one of the sides but with some help from my wife and her MacGyver like skills we did it. I would not recommend placing these in the mikvah as they would most likely rust and also interfere with the grease necessary to keep the rollers from sticking.