Thank you to all of our readers who called and emailed asking for clarification about the oven chart in the Tishrei issue. It is our hope that this written explanation will clear up any confusion.
I cooked a pareve cake in a fleishig oven. Can I eat it with milk?
If a fleishig pan was used, according to Ashkenazic custom one may not eat it with milk, but does not need to wait 6 hours to eat dairy. If a new, or pareve, pan was used and the oven was clean, there is room to allow it.
If a milchig pan was used, the answer depends on many different factors:
Uncovered Liquid Batter
Pan Ben Yomo (used within last 24 hours)
Clean oven (ben yomo) – pan and cake not kosher, oven and pan needs to be kashered
Clean oven (eino ben yomo) – bidieved kosher, can be eaten with milk Not clean oven – pan and cake not kosher, oven and pan needs to be kashered
Pan Eino Ben Yomo (not used within last 24 hours)
Not clean oven, or oven ben yomo – cake bidieved kosher, pan not kosher, cake cannot be eaten with milk, oven is kosher
Clean oven (eino ben yomo) – bidieved kosher, can be eaten with milk