Monday, November 3, 2014

Using a Slotted Spoon on Shabbat

Using a Slotted Spoon on Shabbat

Day: Monday
Date: November 3, 2014
Parshat: Vayera
Yalkut Yosef: 319

In memory of Ettel bat Harav Chaim Shalom.

The main purpose of a slotted spoon is to scoop. The separation that happens as a result of the slots is only an added benefit. Therefore, one may scoop with a slotted spoon on Shabbat as long as his intent is not to separate out the liquid, but rather to select the food he does want. For example, one who wants to take fish from a tray that has sauce may use a slotted spoon if his intention is not separate out the sauce. However, it is better if possible to refrain from using a slotted spoon on Shabbat in consideration of the authorities who do not allow it. A spoon that is comprised entirely of mesh may not be used since it's entire purpose is to separate. One may move aside food at the top of a bowl or pot in order to reach the food at the bottom. A salt shaker that has grains of rice in it to prevent moisture may be used on Shabbat.

The DSH is brought to you in memory of Rabbi Mordechai ben Daniel. Please visit us online at

No comments:

Post a Comment