Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dyeing Food on Shabbat

Dyeing Food on Shabbat
Day: Wednesday
Date: November 26, 2014
Parshat: Vayetze
Yalkut Yosef: 320

In memory of Ettel bat Harav Chaim Shalom.

The general rule is that the laws of dyeing on Shabbat do not apply to food or drink. Therefore, one may dip cookies into coffee even though the coffee will color the cookies. Likewise one may put drink mixes into water or chocolate powder into milk even though they'll cause the water or milk to change its color. For the same reason one may make tea or coffee on Shabbat without worrying about Tzove'a. This may done even if the only reason for adding it is to color the food. In deference to the Poskim who maintain that it is not okay to color foods on Shabbat, one who first puts the tea bag or coffee etc., and then the water is blessed. The exception to this rule is food coloring. Since the sole purpose of food coloring is to dye, it should not be used even for food on Shabbat.

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