Question:

I had a soup bowl with cold chicken soup grease and water still in it which was placed into my dairy sink. Then a cold spoon with cream cheese was placed into the chickeny water in the soup bowl and remained there overnight. Any hope for the bowl and or the spoon?

Answer:

Your case mainly centers around the principle of taste transfer through a cold soaking (kavush k’mevushal). Regarding this law, the soaking must be continuous for 24 full hours1)Beis Yosef Yoreh De’ah 105:1 and Shulchan Aruch ibid.. Only at that point does the soaking have the ability to gain enough power to effect a transfer of taste. Now since in this case the spoon with cream cheese was only soaking in the bowl over night but not for 24 full hours, there wouldn’t be a transfer of tastes between the cream cheese and the soup residue which would have created the issur of basar b’chalav. Had there been hot water or the pouring of hot water involved in the question or had the spoon been sitting in the bowl for more than 24 hours there would have been an issue regarding the spoon and the bowl which would require another layer to this discussion. In any event you will need to wash both the bowl and the spoon well before using them again.

 

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1. Beis Yosef Yoreh De’ah 105:1 and Shulchan Aruch ibid.