holy crap. I was just reading the kashering for passover stuff on our (conservative synagogue's) pesach guide. (our shul/community is as a community standard using the rabbinical assembly pesach guide 2008 as a basis btw).
So I can't kasher my plates/bowls, my pyrex baking dishes, my baking sheet, etc? the plates have me really worried. do we have to do paper plates? That is so enviromentally wasteful. We can't afford new plates. (heck, we only have three atm, one for each of us and one for the cat lol) If we could buy used plates we could maybe afford new ones, but that defeats the purpose, since then they'd have to be kashered too, and they can't.
Also, so basically, I can't use any of the same bakeware? no baking?
we use the oven a lot. does enameled cast iron cookware that is used for cooking and baking count as glass cookware? or what?
How do I clean my oven? the pilot light keeps it hot enough to... well I don't think it will burn, but it's way too hot to comfortably touch. (I use a towel to take a metal bowl that's had bread rising in it in the oven to take it out. it's too hot to touch comfortably, but doesn't kill yeast.)
I have to wait 24 hours between cleaning pots and immersing them in boiling water? what do I feed us in between? if the water has to be actively boiling... what about my pots that don't fit into another pot? what about my cast iron? boiling it will ruin the seasoning.
When do I do this? I presume after all this kashering is done, I can't use chametz on them, right? so ummm does it all have to be done the day of or the day before? otherwise we'd be chametz free for a long time... I'm working sunday, hopefully will get monday off to prep for pesach.
Also, when do I do the cleaning of the house for passover? I guess that last day? because otherwise, we'd just get chametz there again?
Also, is there a point to kashering my dishes for pesach, if they aren't kashered in general?
Also, I have a lot of wood in my kitchen (cutting boards, utensils, bowls). The rabbinical assembly guide for 2010 says that wood (counters) can be kashered. can I safely assume the other wood can be kashered the same way?
I took our rabbi's pesach prep class and while it answered some questions, it was just too much info, leaving me with more questions on others. It's not like shabbat where there's an easy place to start.
Sorry, I just don't want to bug my rabbi with these questions if they're obvious to lots of other people. (he said he gets so so many emails this time of year, and to please keep any questions we have concise as possible, though we were welcome to email him). I'm really quite excited, if a little intimidated.