Indiana State Prison kitchen torched for religious purposes

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

A historical event happened this week at the Indiana State Prison.

Rabbi Menachem Fellig from Miami, Florida, came to the Indiana State Prison to the Prisoner’s Dining Area with a propane torch in hand, to make sure all was kosher.

The process is called torching. Torching is a common way to make stoves, pots, pans and other kitchen utensils kosher.

The idea is to superheat the metal, burning away residue from non-kosher items that may have been cooked in them. Torching opens up the pores of the metal.

“The Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) is seeing an increasing demand for Kosher meals to meet a variety of religious needs. Preparing kosher meals in house will allow the IDOC to meet religious and nutritional needs in a financially responsible way,” stated David Liebel, Director of Religious Services for IDOC.

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