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Insects - Page 8

SPINACH – Cleaning & checking

There is a creamy-white worm that thrives inside the tissue / white stem of the leaf. The insect causes the area to blister and turn brown.

1. Soak all the leaves for three minutes in very soapy water.
2. Rinse both sides of each leaf individually under a stream of running water. Make sure the water runs through all the crevices.
3. Every leaf is then very carefully checked on both sides (by holding it up to a good source of light so that it shines through the leaf). Special care must be taken to inspect the folds in the leaves.
4. Check for dark spots or signs of inner tunneling. If such areas are found, these must be torn off the leaf.

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Spring onions are frequently highly infested although they may appear to be clean. The small white bulb section is, however, usually clear of infestation.

1. The bulb area can be cut off and used provided it looks healthy and clean.
2. Cut at least ˝ way through the length of the remainder of the leek.
3. Separate all the leaves.
4. Soak them in very soapy water for 3 minutes.
5. Thoroughly rinse each leaf under a tap of running water, running your fingers up and down both sides.

STRAWBERRIES - Cleaning  Strawberries Cleaning

Strawberries are frequently highly infested with tiny insects although they may appear to be insect-free. The trained eye can find these on the outside of the berries and particularly on and under the green cap.

1. Either:

1. Cut off the green leaf with about 1mm of the fruit, or
2. Carefully twist off the green, Don’t pull, otherwise you’ll make a hole into which the tiny insects can fall.

2. Cut off any mushy parts as well as deep folds.

3. If in the process of doing this you’ve reached the cavity, cut the strawberry in half and check internally for worms.
4. Rinse the strawberries in very soapy water, gently rubbing under the green leaves.
5. Rinse the soap off under running water.

Bug Checker

Why "Kasher" The Water?

Tiny crustaceans called "copepods" have been found in New York City tap water. Their appearance in tap water as small white specks may represent a significant kashrus issue.

These copepods come in several species, are found in water all over the world and are usually perfectly harmless. But they are a distant cousin of the dreaded shrimp and lobster, shellfish whose consumption violates the biblical prohibition against eating water-borne creatures that lack fins and scales. Some are so small as to be invisible, while others can grow to a millimeter and a half in length, large enough to be seen in water as small white specks.

We contacted the Vaad Hakashrus of Denver (Scroll K) Rabbi Moshe Heisler - It is an issue in New York but here in Denver, he said Denver drinking was checked and is kosher!

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