Saturday, November 15, 2008

Deep cover

Shavua tov, Our Shiputzim fans!

As anyone who has ever made Pesach knows, one can be as organized as one wants and make numerous lists and plans. But come erev yom tov, and all those lists and plans are useless in the face of the odd chametz utensil or two which have somehow been left out and now need to be put away for the duration of the chag – and rather quickly at that. And so, in desperation, one stashes these forgotten utensils in the most random of places.

Of course, the drawback to this quick fix becomes apparent as soon as Pesach is over, and one inevitably discovers that those very same utensils are now missing.

Way back in April, I blogged about this very issue.

As I wrote in that post:

“As is customary in the post-Pesach period (that's the PPP, for short), several kitchen implements seem to be missing. This year, we can't find our milk opener or the cover to our Tupperware flour container. (We have the canister itself; it's just the lid that's off in PPP-limbo.)”

Well, I’m happy to report that on Friday – amid all the erev Shabbat bustle and some seven months after its initial disappearance – the cover suddenly made its very welcome way back to us.

Needless to say, it was sitting in the very place where it should’ve been all along – namely, the large kitchen drawer where we keep our parve baking pans, mixing bowls and plastic containers. It also goes without saying that this drawer has been opened, searched and rummaged through countless times since Pesach.

But no one noticed the lid.

Until this past Friday afternoon, that is, when someone casually opened the drawer and observed the lid calmly sitting atop a nested pile of bowls.

{Cue: “The Twilight Zone” theme music}

And in other news, we still haven’t located the milk opener…


  1. Did you check in the milk opener drawer?

  2. Hi, SPYYZ.
    The milk opener drawer! Why didn't WE think of that?!
    Just one question: Where would that be exactly?

  3. The "milk opener" ?

    Havent you been here long enough to NOT to use plastic milk bags anymore?

    I think the milk opener drawer is just below the shnitzel hammer drawer. (if it isn't, that would explain why you're doing shiputzim ;-)

  4. Yes, we still use milk bags, but that's only because we've discovered the secret to opening them. (And no, I'm not talking about the method favored in our sons' yeshiva - namely, one's teeth!)

    Here's a picture of a milk opener. Strangely enough, Office Depot refers to it as a "plastic letter opener".

  5. Oops. Here's the link:

  6. Mrs.S:

    Only shoko should be opened with one's teeth.

    In yeshiva, the first time we opened a milk bag in August 1985, was by 2 holding the bag, and the third person stabbing the bag with a knife. I think all 3 of those people are now rabbanim :)

  7. Ah, yes. The ever-popular "how many future rabbanim does it take to open a milk bag" joke!

    But of course you're right about shoko. I believe that using a "milk opener" on a bag of shoko is like using machine shmurah at the Seder...

  8. I just cleaned out my last "packed away for Pesach box" that was hidden in the corner of my kitchen. Just some containers.

    I owe you a recipe for Mandlebroit/Mandelbread/Biscotti. I hope to write up the post and publish it by Monday or Tuesday.

  9. Thanks, Leora! I'm looking forward to it.


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