Our maids are well-trained and prepared. We will be happy to become your favorite kosher cleaners and to provide the highest level of service.
In keeping with the total separation of meat and dairy required in the kosher kitchen, separate sets of dishes, pots, silverware, serving dishes, bread trays and salt shakers are washed separately, using different cleaning supplies, etc.
In the Kitchen
Jewish people follow a special diet called kosher. Almost all of our products come specially marked as such. Please do not bring your own food or utensils into the kitchen without asking first. If there is something you need, please let me know and I will supply it, but nothing should enter my house without my knowledge.
In the kitchen, you’ll notice that meat and dairy are completely separated. They are not cooked, stored or served together. We have special dishes, pots, silverware and utensils for dairy, and an entirely separate set of everything for meat. The two sets are kept completely separate. They are not even washed together. In some kitchens, there are even separate counters, ovens and sinks for meat and dairy. Please keep the meat and dairy dishes separate.
Everything prepared on meat dishes is considered meat, and everything prepared on dairy dishes is considered dairy.
We also have some dishes that are not used with dairy or meat, but only for “parve” (neutral) foods. These dishes are washed separately and kept away from both dairy and meat.
So, to keep things organized in the kitchen:
I will be the only one to turn on the stove and oven. This is not because I don’t trust you. It is part of keeping a kosher kitchen.
On the Calendar
From before sundown on Friday until nightfall on Saturday evening we celebrate a special day called Shabbat (or Shabbos). On Shabbat, Jewish people eat large meals and rest from doing many kinds of work. This “work” includes things like talking on the phone, handling money, writing, cooking or even turning on the lights.
Things to be aware of:
Other Jewish Holidays:
There are many Jewish holidays, each with its own set of traditions and foods. Many share the same restrictions as Shabbat: no telephones, lights, etc. However, there are some differences. Here are two that will probably be most significant to you:
Passover (or Pesach) is an eight day holiday in the spring. Its most important feature is that Jewish people have a whole new restriction on the foods we eat: we avoid all bread, crackers, or anything else made of flour that has risen, which is called chametz.
Before Passover, we clean our entire home to make sure that there is no chametz anywhere in the house. This is a very thorough cleaning, and much more intense than normal. It may seem a little obsessive, but this is what we do.
Once we’ve cleaned everything (sometimes even with boiling water or on fire), we will cover many kitchen surfaces and use a whole new set of dishes, cutlery and utensils. In addition to the regular meat and dairy restrictions, we will now be on guard to make sure that no chametz enters our home, Please do not bring any outside food into our home. There may be some chametz items in sealed cabinets as well. Please make sure that those cabinets stay closed.
Sukkot (or Sukkos) is in the fall. During this holiday, the kitchen will remain as is, but we will be dining outdoors in a special branch-covered hut called a sukkah. Don’t worry, it only lasts a week, and then we move back inside.
More Jewish Home Facts
Yes, that is a wig you see on my dresser. Thank G‑d, I have hair, but married Jewish women cover their hair. In the house, I used a kerchief or a beret, but when I go out, I use the wig.
You see the cup with two handles next to the sink? We use that to wash our hands before we eat. Unless I ask you to, you do not need to wash it along with the rest of the dishes.
We also have cups like that (mostly plastic) that we take to our bedrooms with big bowls so that we can wash our hands when we wake up in the morning. Sometimes the kids forget to put them away in the morning, so be careful not to step on them.
No, my husband did not forget to close the front door. There is a Jewish law that forbids Jewish men and women to be alone with each other (if they are not family). For this reason, if he is alone with you, he will often leave the door open. You can just leave it as is.
Thanks for reading, and I look forward to your cooperation.