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  • #589161

    I would like to bring this to the attention of YWN posters regarding the Kashrus of Play Dough. This will only be of interest of families with young children who create like modeling clay objects to play with. There is an ingredient in the recipe (Cream of Tartar) one has to be discerning, because the source comes from the bottom of Wine Caskets. The problem arises when the Cream of Tartar is from a Goyish not Jewish Winery, and your child or Grandchild plays with the Play Dough on their food serving table. If Mom or Bubby serves hot soup (higher then yad soletis bo), and it spills on the table then the table could become treife because of the non kosher source of the Play Dough. Either find a source of Play Dough with a hetcher or Google for a recipe on line and make it at home.

    #644262

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    play dough tastes yummmy!!!!

    #644263

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    asdfghjkl: shayfulah, you like eating play dough, i’llget you for your birthday.

    #644265

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    mods: i was just wondering, did the editor come back yet?

    #644266

    Asdfghjkl go to sleep!

    #644267

    xerox
    Member

    There is a kosher play dough out there- kosher;eadible- although it tasted DISGUISTING! :ol

    #644269

    Xerox-Thank you for posting about an available Kosher source of Play Dough this is the point of my thread that one has to be careful with Kashrus even when purchasing Play Dough. Again if it is not available in your local toy store you can Google the recipe and make it at home.

    #644270

    jphone
    Member

    OR, dont play with play dough on any surfaces used for eating or food preparation.

    #644271

    rabbiofberlin
    Participant

    I appreciate yankdownunder’s concern about Play-do, but the “cheshash” is so remote that I would not not worry about it.

    First- it is pretty clear that whatever edible ingredient may have been added to the playdough, it is “nifsal me-achilas kelev” and is not considered food.

    Second, it is not evern clear if whatever is collected from the bottom of the wine caskets comes under the heading of ‘stam jenom”.

    Thirdly-even if all of the above is positive, the amount is so infinitesimal that it is bottul beshishim.

    Fourthly,any soup spilled is not a kli rishon-because it is either from the plate (kli shlishi) and even if form the pot directly, it is “irui kli rishon’ that is only “mevashel k’dei klipah”.

    Lastly, how can a table become treifa anyway? You don’t eat off it and , by the time you put any food on it, it is cold.

    So, I thank yankdowunder for his great ‘zehirus’ but this will come under the heading of a “chumro” that is not incumbent upon others to adhere to.

    #644272

    whatshaiches
    Member

    To add on jphone, just clean up after playing with it or just don’t use it on the kitchen table.

    #644273

    mazal77
    Participant

    And I thought I only had to worry about Playdough being Chametz.

    #644274

    squeak
    Participant

    Joseph

    Member

    Mi ke’amcha Yisroel!

    #644275

    veyatziv
    Member

    It’s good to know this. My babies eat playdough all the time. (I am a morah and my baby is with me) Which brands are kosher? Are they more expensive? Where can I buy it?

    Is there any cheshash on glue, markers, crayons etc?

    #644276

    yossiea
    Member

    1) Regarding chametz, unless you are chassidishe or yekkish you don’t have to worry about it. Before the Blumenkrantz book came along, (ie, in Europe) the Litvaks never worried about things like perfume and the like. Playdough is not an issue either (and I heard this from my Rav). (BTW, the whole issue of Litvish vs. Chassidishe can be seen when the CRC (Chicago) comes out with their Pesach list and it’s two pages and the Blumenkrantz book is hundreds of pages.)

    2) You don’t need to worry about your kids eating it, it’s not food. If you do worry about it, then you should also worry about glue and most other things kids touch.

    Please see note by squeak a few posts down – YWMod

    #644277

    oomis
    Participant

    It is easy enough to make your own Playdough, if you are really concerned about this. To me,if it’s not fit for a dog to eat it, I wouldn’t be as worried, as I would for something that is meant to be edible, like the cakes from the play ovens. Given the price of these things, I would sooner just make my own. I think it only requires flour,water, salt, food coloring, and possibly corn syrup, to make cheap and kosher play dough that is compeltely non-toxic.

    #644278

    Itzik_s
    Member

    BS”D

    Thanks for this important information; I will have to tell this to my neighbor Yachne who makes play-dough kugel for any and all unwanted guests who come to her house. She has some really great yichus – she is a direct descendant of one of the Sdoimim who somehow left before the Twin Cities became salt deposits.

    #644279

    squeak
    Participant

    P.S. In case others do not recall from earlier posts, both yossiea and oomis follow rabbonim whose views differ greatly from those of most right-wing rabbonim. Please do not assume that these statements are credible until you have checked them out with a halachic authority whom you trust.

    #644280

    Itzik_s
    Member

    BS”D

    But in all seriousness, most tables are covered with tablecloths and the worst that would happen would be that the tablecloth would have to be laundered. Otherwise you have a problem to begin with at least in theory because if you have a table with a porous surface that you use, uncovered, for meat and milk, you run into all sorts of problems.

    #644281

    Itzik_s
    Member

    BS”D

    As for cream of tartar, here is what Rabbi Levy A”H, the founder of the OK, has to say on the matter:

    http://www.okkosher.com/Content.asp?ID=167

    Given how readily available cream of tartar with a hechsher was the last time I checked in the US, it seems that most or all of it is kosher as you can’t possibly get commercial quantities from kosher wineries. Either that or it is no longer made davka from wine leftovers.

    #644282

    veyatziv
    Member

    ITZIK

    Can you ask your neighbor Shprintze for her play dough recipe?

    P.S. Can you believe I figured out who you are?

    (How many Itziks live right next door to someone named Yachne?-You practically gave yourself away)LOL!LOL!

    #644283

    Itzik_s
    Member

    BS”D

    Veyatziv – LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!

    You mean my neighbor Shprintze on the other side of the street whose husband is rosh koilel in Otisville for the next 17 years?

    #644284

    yros
    Member

    do you guys know each other?

    #644285

    I still say buy Play Dough with a hechtcher as a stringency, why would someone frum want any bi product produced from Goyish winery? It is easy to make it at home then there is no chashash. Do not let your dog eat Play Dough, because it could be toxic the kelev ate it.

    #644286

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    qwertyuiop: i’m laughin so hard!!! i was so bored & sleepy i decided to write that!!!

    syriansephardi: i went to bed 5 min after writing it!!!

    #644287

    yossiea
    Member

    Squeak, Why would you put me down? The rav in question is very right wing, and very much respected by the establishment. You really have some nerve, and I am surprised that YWN the site that is so much against lashan harah and motzei shem ra would post your post.

    Which part of my statement don’t you agree with?

    1 is pure factual history. That’s the reason why many people have problems with the Blumenkrantz book, it’s the fad for Pesach, when 100 years ago this would never have been allowed to enter most YESHIVISH homes.

    2 is basic halacha.

    Just because you never heard of something, or you don’t agree with something, doesn’t make it modernish.

    #644288

    If you go many Kosher Supermarket Kosher Cream Of Tartar is sold there, so Google the recipe buy the ingredients and have fun making and using home made Play Dough.

    The problem is only with Commercially manufactured Play Dough.

    #644289

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    asdfghjkl: shayfulah dont worry, i understand.

    #644290

    veyatziv
    Member

    yankdownunder-

    It’s definitely rauy l’achilas celev. I can attest to that. My daughter is almost three now, but when she was a baby she ate handfulls of the stuff and LOVED it. She is definfitely alive and well b”h today so it is definitely proven non-toxic. My daughter who is now 10 months old also ingested a little bit and would have eaten much more if I would not have stopped her.

    #644291

    Joseph
    Participant

    squeak, I understand you playfully said that (your first post in this thread) in a semi-mocking manner (correct me otherwise), but there is that element here. (Btw, why are your posts getting official mention in other posters comments?)

    #644292

    veyatziv
    Member

    Itzik-

    Yeah you got the right one!

    #644294

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    veyatziv: i did say it was yummmmy!!!

    #644295

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    qwertyuiop: what’s up with calling me shayfulah??? i’m no shayfulah!!!

    #644296

    Itzik_s
    Member

    BS”D

    Was Rav Blumenkrantz ZT”L Chassidish? I don’t believe so – I think he was trying to cover all bases and make his guide useful for all. Problem is that in some situations people did not read his disclaimers and instead followed his advice to the letter.

    #644297

    gavra_at_work
    Participant

    squeak:

    Since YOUR Rav is “right wing”, who is he and what does he say on the matter?

    (I do not have Play-Dough in my house, I only allowed my children to play with it outside. It is way too messy 🙂

    Please also define what makes someone “right wing”? Does it include Baruch Marzel and the sort?

    Thanks.

    #644298

    gavra_at_work
    Participant

    squeak:

    Since you bring it up, could you please define “right wing”?

    (My children only play/ed with play-dough outside, its way too messy 🙂

    PS. Achilas Kelev does not depend on a dog eating it (a dog would never touch Booker’s!)

    #644299

    rabbiofberlin
    Participant

    This whole discussion is -AGAIN!- a microcosm of what has been plaguing our yiddishkeit, (and some of the comments on this website) in recent years. Not one of the posters can muster even ONE credible argument why playdough should be ossur and needs a hechsher. The fact that one baby actually ate it and survived does not make it “ro-ui leachilas kelev”. No sensible adult (or dog) would eat it.

    Additionally,as indicated by Itzik, cream of tartar routinely is considered kosher.

    On top of that, the “cheshash” of making a table top treif (!!!) is such an unusual idea that you don’t need too many reasons to make it “mutter”.

    Yet, squeak questions even these very simple sources and wants us to be “machmir”. WHY?

    This is in line with the “machmerization’ of our yiddishkeit-contrary to all of our halachic principles over the centuries.

    #644300

    squeak
    Participant

    OK. Joseph – I refer you to Will Hill’s comment in the Smoking thread. I don’t believe him, but it is one explanation.

    Re my “playful” comment, yes I was teasing a bit, but I only mentioned it because it applies. Ususally when there is this type of discussion yours is the second or third post. This time, you were late so I added it for you (b’shimecha).

    yossiea, your bile is noted. For the record, I did not analyze your statement yet (and I don’t plan to). I only noted that the tone of your post was to write off what may be a legitimate halachic concern. Judging from the discussions that we have had in the past, and the disdain that you showed then for Talmidei Chachamim, I felt that a disclaimer on your post was needed. Thankfully, the Mod agreed.

    #644301

    squeak
    Participant

    Just to reiterate for ROB and GAW. I do not have an opinion on this (mostly because it is not relevant to me, so why would I ask a Rov about it?). I was merely observing the matter-of-fact psak that yossiea gave and stated why I believe he is not a credible source. I certainly wasn’t instructing anyone to engage in “machmerization”.

    P.S. I used the term “right wing” only because I felt that it made my message more gentle. I did not intend to get into a discussion over what that term actually means (obviously, everyone thinks that their Rov is right).

    #644302

    gavra_at_work
    Participant

    sorry about the double post, thought mod blocked first one due to asking personal info (name of squeak’s rav).

    Nothing against you squeak, its always a good idea to CYOLOR (extra o for OWN, as you point out). Bile is never a good thing 🙂

    (against mod 99 rules?)

    #644303

    Itzik_s
    Member

    BS”D

    No one can accuse me of being anything but right wing – but I see the cream of tartar as a non issue based on what I found from Rabbi Berel Levy A”H. I’d also have problems using ANY porous table that has not been covered and that has had hot non-pareve food spilled on it unless it was known to have been used only for meat OR milk and that is what was spilled. (Besides, forget about getting a shidduch for your child unless you cover your table with a proper tablecloth so we assume all tables in the haimishe velt are covered!)

    There is NO way that the kosher wine industry could produce enough cream of tartar for a large company like McCormick to be able to sell mass market quantities of it as kosher, let alone for it to be used in many mass market products that have reliable kosher supervision.

    Has anyone in the US ever seen cream of tartar without a hechsher? Does Gefen or Lieber’s or any other haimishe firm package it with a haimishe hashgocho?

    #644304

    Itzik_S-There are many sources of Kosher Cream of Tartar available, Gefen has OU hashgagcha, Star K and Frontier Herbs (KSA) are also certified Kosher. Making Play Dough at home you are showing your children that you are willing to take on a chumra to assure them that Kashrus is very important to the family.

    #644305

    Star K certifies other spice companies if you click onto star K`s website you can find out their names . I did not mean that Star K and Frontier Herbs were under the same hashgagcha KSA.

    #644306

    Itzik_s
    Member

    BS”D

    The question is whether there is any NON kosher cream of tartar, and therefore whether making your own play-dough is even necessary.

    Unless someone has another source, it seems that the information from R’ Berel Levy A”H is correct and that cream of tartar is kosher.

    Again, there is NO WAY the small kosher winemaking industry could produce enough cream of tartar even to fill all those McCormick, Gefen and Frontier Herbs boxes.

    To us, Kedem seems like a huge company but in the great scheme of things, their output is not very large. The amount of cream of tartar they, the Israeli firms, and the French, Australian and South African runs could produce would not be enough to account for all the cream of tartar out there that is kosher. The rest comes from non kosher wine production and because it is so heavily processed it does not have the din of grape products from what I understand of the information I linked to.

    #644307

    gavra_at_work
    Participant

    yankdownunder:

    “There are many sources of Kosher Cream of Tartar available, Gefen has OU hashgagcha, Star K and Frontier Herbs (KSA) are also certified Kosher. Making Play Dough at home you are showing your children that you are willing to take on a chumra to assure them that Kashrus is very important to the family.”

    Now why didn’t you say that at first! Then we would not have had this whole misunderstanding!

    What you said: “If Mom or Bubby serves hot soup (higher then yad soletis bo), and it spills on the table then the table could become treife because of the non kosher source of the Play Dough. Either find a source of Play Dough with a hetcher or Google for a recipe on line and make it at home.”

    What you meant to say: “If you want your children to be Machmir in Kashrus and always be afraid to use non-kosher non-food items (such as hand soap, Play dough, plastic toys, etc.), find a source of Play Dough with a hetcher or Google for a recipe on line and make it at home.”

    P.S. Do the Mitzva Kinder have a Hechsher? 🙂 i.e. Ein Ladavar Sof.

    #644308

    Itzik_s
    Member

    BS”D

    The problem is that while the motivation is sincere, I don’t see the chumra because it is based on a mistaken understanding of how cream of tartar is made.

    Seems to me that there is no such thing as commercial non-kosher cream of tartar. Only way you could get non-kosher cream of tartar is from a non-Jewish amateur winemaker who improperly makes his own cream of tartar and then the stuff probably wouldn’t work for making play-dough or icing or anything else.

    #644309

    Itzik_S- Cream of Tartar from Gefen does not have Cream of Tartar listed as one of the ingredients on their label. Instead Potato Starch is substituted. I do not know about the products certified by Star K and KSA if Cream of Tartar is not added to their products as well. I think if Cream of Tartar were added in any of these products the cost might be expensive. The whole process of extracting Cream of Tartar from Wine Barrels is very labor intensive it takes several years to yield very little.

    #644310

    Itzik_s
    Member

    BS”D

    HUH? Potato starch sold as cream of tartar? That’s a federal offence in the US unless the bottle is clearly labeled as a cream of tartar subsitute. Pls recheck the bottle.

    Maybe the potato starch is added to keep it from coagulating and it is davka used so that the cream of tartar is kasher lepesach.

    Yes it is expensive – I do remember paying $3 or so for a small box of OU certified cream of tartar years ago.

    #644311

    My mistake it was not Gefen certified (my apologies to the Gefen Company) New Square gave the Hashgagcha for the Cream of Tartar product.

    #644312

    PM
    Member

    OU, OK and Star-K Rabbonim all consider cream of tartar to be a Kosher product. I ceretainly don’t see any need to be machmir for a table that had Play-Dough on it.

    #644313

    Itzik_s
    Member

    BS”D

    Gefen is a brand name owned by Kedem and usually under the supervision of the Volover Rov and either the OU or OK.

    New Square – the dayan of New Square certifies several brands. Still, potato starch is not cream of tartar.

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