Waiting Between Meals

What it means to separate meat from milk

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Waiting After Dairy

With dairy foods, the wait time between dairy and meat is minimal. This is based on [the talmudic tractate] Chullin 105a, where it says, "How long must one wait between cheese and flesh? And he replied, Nothing at all." Still, you should eat something like bread to effectively wipe your mouth of any milky taste, and you should rinse your mouth and wash your hands.

Hard cheese, described as cheese that has aged over six months, such as Swiss cheese, has a stronger flavor and is thought to leave a fatty residue, so it requires a six-hour wait.

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Lise Stern

Lise Stern is a food writer living in the Boston area.