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Brooklyn, NY - Newly Redesigned Shabbos Warming Tray Promising Hot Food And Peace Of Mind To Hit Stores Next Week

Published on: September 8, 2015 12:20 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - With the yomim tovim and their many meals just days away, a small appliance company based out of Rockland County is about to stock store shelves with a safety-tested hotplate that will allow members of the Jewish community to heat up their food without worries. 

The safety of electrical appliances commonly used in Jewish homes, particularly those left unattended for many hours, became a subject of much debate following the devastating fire that took the lives of the seven Sassoon children last March.

As previously reported on VIN News, Chefman employed a team of Orthodox Jewish consultants in the design of its new hotplate, allowing it to create a product that was designed specifically for the extended usage that typically occurs in Jewish homes.  According to Chefman CEO Ralph Newhouse,  the company’s hotplate is the first that was developed specifically for use by religiously observant Jews.

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“The Orthodox Jewish community is very much a niche market and none of the major players have ever gotten involved in a product like this because of the small size of the market,” Newhouse told VIN News.

Newhouse said that the product, which will be sold by Amazing Savings for $39.99, will be on store shelves next week, the day after Rosh Hashana.

In addition to having both a regular fuse and backup fuse which will automatically shut off the product if it overheats, the hotplate features covered temperature controls and cool touch handles.  The stainless steel warming tray was rigorously tested by three independent laboratories and is constructed entirely of Underwriters Laboratories certified components, according to Newhouse.  The product bears the safety seals of the ETL, a North American product testing laboratory whose certification ensures that the product passes all UL requirements, and the SGS, an international laboratory that tests product safety.

“We really wanted to test it to the max,” explained Newhouse.  “The average frum person runs a hotplate for 24, 48 or even 72 hours of continuous use.  We tested units by the week, by the month and we have some that have been running for 6 months.  We were looking to really strain the device and push it to the limits.”

Newhouse noted that Chefman deliberately kept the price point low on the 21 by 18 inch hotplate so that it would be affordable to all.

“The Orthodox community really deserves a product that is safe, something they can plug in and not have any fear about its usage on Shabbos or yom tov,” said Newhouse.


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 Sep 08, 2015 at 12:39 PM Lakewoodwife Says:

This sounds great and I hope to do some research and buy.

Just curious, is it safer than a standard crock pot and in what way?
Same question goes for an open flame on the stove without a blech - besides for the kids factor...

Who would I even ask these questions to; my local fire department?

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 12:54 PM CHAIM36 Says:

iS IT UL APPROVED ?

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 01:07 PM Anonymous Says:

What Rav approved of it?

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 01:08 PM Reb Yid Says:

Reply to #2  
CHAIM36 Says:

iS IT UL APPROVED ?

It's cleverly written that it's constructed of UL approved components, which mean nothing, since I can buy UL approved components and build something completely unsafe. He shouldn't have misled with the UL thing. People have to figure out who those other labs are.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 01:21 PM mythoughts Says:

Reply to #2  
CHAIM36 Says:

iS IT UL APPROVED ?

Agreed. It should not be bought unless its UL APPROVED.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 01:27 PM bordersavi Says:

It is very very rare for UL approved warming plates to catch fire. Having a working fire alarm is more important.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 01:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
CHAIM36 Says:

iS IT UL APPROVED ?

From what they say it doesn't like look it is UL approved.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 01:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
CHAIM36 Says:

iS IT UL APPROVED ?

The rabbonim should say it is ok to use Shabbos Clocks with hot plates. Saving lives is more important than saving face.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 01:34 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #2  
CHAIM36 Says:

iS IT UL APPROVED ?

A rav approving a hot plate for safety is just as valid as an uninitiated electrician (or plumber) selling mu chometz...!

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 01:36 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
bordersavi Says:

It is very very rare for UL approved warming plates to catch fire. Having a working fire alarm is more important.

Nu, so where does it say that THIS item is UL approved?

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 01:57 PM GURU123 Says:

excuse my ignorance the product will be sold for $39.00. now lets get out the calculator lets say Amazing Savings makes $10.00 that brings the product to $29.00 the Company needs to make $10.00 we are talking about $19.00 the real manufacturer/Supplies (i am giving the benefit of the doubt is $10.00) that leaves a $9.00. now you can think this company is releasing the same mechanistic that lifts a Boeing 757 on a stormy night.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 02:01 PM jzeitman Says:

ETL is a recognized lab and is similar to UL.
Major department stores in the USA accept either UL or ETL approval.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 02:35 PM Anonymous Says:

For all those who are wondering. ETL is the lab that does the testing to approve a product for UL. So if something is approved by ETL than it meets the UL standards and is considered approved by UL. So to clarify, this warming tray is approved by UL.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 02:41 PM Anonymous Says:

I wasn't talking about a Rav approving it for safety. I was talking about a Rav approving it for halachic reasons. There are many things a Rav needs to look at. Is it filled with water? Does its use of electricity change when you remove something from it, etc. Not only should it be UL approved, it should be halachically approved. BOTH are important.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 02:58 PM The_Truth Says:

Its rarely just the appliance that just catches fire, but due to the previous usage and/or damage, other flammable materials nearby, the surrounding temperature and ventilation and many other conditions. Always follow manufacturer instructions as well as common sense safety precautions.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 03:09 PM abuezri Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

The rabbonim should say it is ok to use Shabbos Clocks with hot plates. Saving lives is more important than saving face.

Why can't you use a shobbos clock to turn off your hot plate after lunch?

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 03:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
GURU123 Says:

excuse my ignorance the product will be sold for $39.00. now lets get out the calculator lets say Amazing Savings makes $10.00 that brings the product to $29.00 the Company needs to make $10.00 we are talking about $19.00 the real manufacturer/Supplies (i am giving the benefit of the doubt is $10.00) that leaves a $9.00. now you can think this company is releasing the same mechanistic that lifts a Boeing 757 on a stormy night.

What does "mechanistic" mean in this post?

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 03:14 PM michigan Says:

how do you buy it out of NY area?

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 03:19 PM gersh Says:

Why do they not add a shabbos clock? It will solve many of the unnecessary heat to the kitchen during shabbos and yom tov. Once they are tackling the hot plate issue, and redesigning it, should they not also think it through completely?

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 03:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #19  
gersh Says:

Why do they not add a shabbos clock? It will solve many of the unnecessary heat to the kitchen during shabbos and yom tov. Once they are tackling the hot plate issue, and redesigning it, should they not also think it through completely?

There are many Rabbanim who don't allow a Shabbos clock on anything except lights. Rav Moshe comes immediately to mind.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 05:02 PM Midwood Says:

Reply to #4  
Reb Yid Says:

It's cleverly written that it's constructed of UL approved components, which mean nothing, since I can buy UL approved components and build something completely unsafe. He shouldn't have misled with the UL thing. People have to figure out who those other labs are.

UL vs. ETL Listing
The purpose of this guide is to clarify questions regarding the use and acceptance of ETL
product certification versus UL certification on Honeywell Cable products.
• What’s the difference between the UL, CSA and ETL listed Marks?
Both marks demonstrate that the product that bears it has met the minimum
requirements of widely accepted product safety standards as determined through the
independent testing of a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). And, as
part of that testing regimen, the product manufacturer has agreed to periodic followup
inspections to verify continued compliance. The only real difference between the
Marks is in the service, and services, of the testing laboratory behind them.
• What is an NRTL?
A Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) is an independent laboratory
recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to test
products to the specifications of applicable product safety standards – such as those
from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and other standards – writing bodies. An
NRTL’s function is to provide an independent evaluation, testing and certification of
any electrically operated or gas- and o

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 05:03 PM Midwood Says:

Are manufacturers required to use UL for their compliance testing?
No. In fact, this misconception has misled many to believe that they don’t have a
choice in third-party testing partners. The only major requirement is that the
laboratory performing the testing is an OSHA-recognized NRTL. The ETL Listed
Mark serves as an indicator of compliance with applicable product safety standards.
• Do local Inspectors know the ETL Listed Mark?
Yes. The ETL Listed Mark is recognized by local inspectors and Authorities Having
Jurisdiction (AHJs) throughout North America and also in some areas of South
America. The ETL Listed Mark is an accepted alternative to UL and, as such,
inspectors and AHJs recognize, acknowledge, and accept the mark as proof of product
compliance.
• How long has the ETL Listed Mark been around?
“ETL” has been around over 100 years. In fact, the original Electrical Testing Labs
(ETL) was founded by Thomas Edison in 1896.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 05:31 PM BenzyD Says:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/900922798/shabbos-safe-hotplate

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 05:37 PM HankM Says:

Reply to 16 the Shabbos clock is also dangerous. It is the conduit between a high power source and the high power hot plate

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 05:38 PM yeruchem Says:

I saw it in Amazing Savings. It says on the box : Intertek Tested for safety. Anyone here familiar with electronics would know what that means?

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 06:05 PM to guru123 Says:

Nice that you are estimating amazing savings totals... I guess you got insiders info

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 06:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

The rabbonim should say it is ok to use Shabbos Clocks with hot plates. Saving lives is more important than saving face.

"The rabbonim should say it is ok to use Shabbos Clocks with hot plates. Saving lives is more important than saving face."

The same Rabbonim who tell us not to get our kinder immunized and to forget the measles, polio and influenza vaccines?

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 07:33 PM enlightened-yid Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

What Rav approved of it?

Chefman's Orthodox "consulting" team are still deciding on which Rabbonim to pay-off for approval in order for product to sell in larger markets. I appreciate that there are companies that care to improve product safety for consumers even though the market is marginal.

Double fuse, triple fuse or 4 UL approval stamps doesn't guarantee that electronic devices won't fail or don't pose fire risks. Don't get complacent with hot devices running unattended for long periods. Invest in basic fire protection like smoke detectors and ABC fire extinguisher.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 09:02 PM Tech guy Says:

Hello I am not sure this hotplate has all safety standards
It might be better then there is but for that price it can't be to great
Check shaboss hot plate on kickstarter you will see what a hot plate safe needs to look like

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 09:43 PM mutti Says:

would be nice if they could get it in stores before Rosh Hashanah....

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 10:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
GURU123 Says:

excuse my ignorance the product will be sold for $39.00. now lets get out the calculator lets say Amazing Savings makes $10.00 that brings the product to $29.00 the Company needs to make $10.00 we are talking about $19.00 the real manufacturer/Supplies (i am giving the benefit of the doubt is $10.00) that leaves a $9.00. now you can think this company is releasing the same mechanistic that lifts a Boeing 757 on a stormy night.

Sorry, I can't excuse your ignorance since you are making up numbers you know nothing about.

and, for the record, and I have never heard of a shabbos blech lifting a Boeing 757 on a stormy night.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 10:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Lakewoodwife Says:

This sounds great and I hope to do some research and buy.

Just curious, is it safer than a standard crock pot and in what way?
Same question goes for an open flame on the stove without a blech - besides for the kids factor...

Who would I even ask these questions to; my local fire department?

this isn't any different from any other electric blech.

they are making a big deal over nothing, and you fools are all drooling to buy one wihtout having the slightest idea how this is any better than other companies' electric blechs..

And their claim that they are the only company making electric blechs aimed at the Jewish market is ridiculously untrue. Walk into any Judaica or Jewish electronics store that sells appliances and you'll see plenty of companies selling this exact item.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 10:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #20  
Anonymous Says:

There are many Rabbanim who don't allow a Shabbos clock on anything except lights. Rav Moshe comes immediately to mind.

and, according to your own comment, obviously many who do allow it.

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 11:30 PM czyrankevic Says:

Reply to #24  
HankM Says:

Reply to 16 the Shabbos clock is also dangerous. It is the conduit between a high power source and the high power hot plate

use a heavy duty clock

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 Sep 09, 2015 at 12:37 AM Aron1 Says:

Most rabbanim would allow a shabbos clock to turn OFF a hotplate on Shabbos. The main issue is that halachically one can not turn ON a hotplate on Shabbos.

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 Sep 09, 2015 at 05:03 AM BenzyD Says:

Why are there not any listing of Amperage and Wattage? Please explain more about testing, leaving it running for 6 months, is not very scientific? What kind of heating element does it have? The 3 certification agencies have minimal requirements, what exactly makes it specifically designed for Jewish Observance?

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 Sep 09, 2015 at 09:55 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #36  
BenzyD Says:

Why are there not any listing of Amperage and Wattage? Please explain more about testing, leaving it running for 6 months, is not very scientific? What kind of heating element does it have? The 3 certification agencies have minimal requirements, what exactly makes it specifically designed for Jewish Observance?

nothing makes this designed for Jewish observance. this is an advertisement, not news.

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 Sep 09, 2015 at 09:56 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #30  
mutti Says:

would be nice if they could get it in stores before Rosh Hashanah....

yes, those extra two days of having an electric blech just like every other one sold would make all the difference in the world.

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 Sep 09, 2015 at 09:59 AM seriously? Says:

Reply to #28  
enlightened-yid Says:

Chefman's Orthodox "consulting" team are still deciding on which Rabbonim to pay-off for approval in order for product to sell in larger markets. I appreciate that there are companies that care to improve product safety for consumers even though the market is marginal.

Double fuse, triple fuse or 4 UL approval stamps doesn't guarantee that electronic devices won't fail or don't pose fire risks. Don't get complacent with hot devices running unattended for long periods. Invest in basic fire protection like smoke detectors and ABC fire extinguisher.

P.T. Barnum was right. there's a sucker born every minute.

Can any of you people swooning over this new invention tell me why it's different from every other electric blech sold in sforim stores and Jewish electronics stores?

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 09:16 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #22  
Midwood Says:

Are manufacturers required to use UL for their compliance testing?
No. In fact, this misconception has misled many to believe that they don’t have a
choice in third-party testing partners. The only major requirement is that the
laboratory performing the testing is an OSHA-recognized NRTL. The ETL Listed
Mark serves as an indicator of compliance with applicable product safety standards.
• Do local Inspectors know the ETL Listed Mark?
Yes. The ETL Listed Mark is recognized by local inspectors and Authorities Having
Jurisdiction (AHJs) throughout North America and also in some areas of South
America. The ETL Listed Mark is an accepted alternative to UL and, as such,
inspectors and AHJs recognize, acknowledge, and accept the mark as proof of product
compliance.
• How long has the ETL Listed Mark been around?
“ETL” has been around over 100 years. In fact, the original Electrical Testing Labs
(ETL) was founded by Thomas Edison in 1896.

why are you writing a long drosha about a simple electric blech? do you do this for all appliances?

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 Sep 16, 2015 at 12:22 AM CHAIM36 Says:

I have been using a PRESTO hot plate that is UL approved for many years. Very safe and it's teflon coated. Cost about $25 @ Macy's. Do NOT buy any electric device unless it is UL approved. History should NOT have to be repeated.

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 Apr 16, 2016 at 08:38 PM catskill Says:

blech failed one hour in to shabbat

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