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Q. How long does the silverware have to stay in the boiling water of hag’alah? How about if I’m kashering a pot?
A. The hag’alah water should be boiling before you put the silverware or pot into it, and once you put it in the kashering is “instant”. One exception is that if the item is so heavy – such as something made of cast iron – that it cools the water considerably, you should leave the item in the water until the water once again reaches a boil.