Friday, May 16, 2014

Food Cooked On Shabbat That Got Mixed With Food Cooked Before Shabbat

Food Cooked On Shabbat That Got Mixed With Food Cooked Before
Day: Friday
Date: May 16, 2014
Parshat: Behukotai
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 318

Adding water to the cholent after Shabbat started to prevent it from burning or adding an egg are both examples of cooking on Shabbat. One may mistakenly think these things are permitted and thereby cook on Shabbat. The egg is forbidden to eat following the halachot mentioned previously regarding  food cooked on Shabbat. However in both scenarios the cholent may still be eaten. If food cooked on Shabbat (which is therefore forbidden) got mixed with food that is permitted the mixture may be permitted. If there is enough permitted food to nullify the taste of the forbidden food (51% to 49% or in some cases 60:1 ratio) the mixture may be eaten by anyone, including the cooker, even on Shabbat. Normally when forbidden and permitted foods are mixed they can be permitted if the above percentages are there. However if the forbidden food will eventually become permitted the mixture remains forbidden until the forbidden part becomes permitted again. An example would be an egg born on Yom Tov or Shabbat (which may not be used) that gets mixed with other eggs that were born before. Since after Yom Tov or Shabbat they will all be permitted, no eggs in the mixture may be used. By the same token, in our scenario, the cholent that had water added to it, or the permitted food that had food cooked on Shabbat mixed into it, would also be forbidden since after Shabbat it will be permitted for everyone other than the cooker. However since the part cooked on Shabbat will never be permitted for the cooker, the entire mixture is considered to be a food that will never be permitted and is therefore permitted for anyone to eat even on Shabbat itself.

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