Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Is it Permissible to make Saltwater on Shabbat?

Is it Permissible to make Saltwater on Shabbat?
Day: Tuesday
Date: December 9, 2014
Parshat: Vayeshev
Yalkut Yosef: 321

One who is making a vegetable salad on Shabbat may add salt since that is not the normal way of pickling and also since the salt is only there to add flavor and not to preserve. However, one should not do so to eat later at a different meal unless there is a compelling reason to do so, such as the vegetables are hot now and will be better affected by the salt. It is forbidden to make a lot of saltwater at once once on Shabbat since doing so makes it appear as if it is being done to use during the week. However a small amount, such that it is obvious that it is not being made for after Shabbat, is okay. The exception is if the ratio is two or more parts salt to one part water, in which case even a small amount may not be made. These halachot only apply to salt. The same mixtures with sugar instead of salt are permitted.

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