Creating A Kosher Kitchen

published Mar 22, 2010
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When it comes to the Kosher households, having the ability to lay out your kitchen in accordance with your beliefs and dietary needs is a true blessing. You have to have a keen eye, but can you spy anything in this kitchen that seems different than your own? The great design makes it hard to see, but this kitchen has a few extra things that yours might not!

Hilary Unger is a graduate of New York School of Interior Design and does functional, high-end design for her company, Perianth (We recently featured a shared boys bedroom of hers over at Ohdeedoh). She creates spaces that are meant to be lived in, not just look pretty and form and function are always first on the list.

In the case of this White Plains, New York home, the client was looking for a Kosher kitchen to help support their religious and dietary needs. What does this mean exactly? For starters is means that the kitchen has been divided into ‘dairy’ and ‘meat’ sections. Hilary took this space down to the studs and did a complete renovation and made everything custom for the clients, not wasting an inch of space.

The kitchen has two dishwashers (highlighted above) The full-size dishwasher is located to the right of the sink and is used for ‘dairy’ dishes. The second ‘meat’ dishwasher is a Fisher Paykel dishwasher drawer and is located just below the warming drawer to the right of the full-size dishwasher, close to the door. The space has also been loaded with two silverware areas, a huge sub-zero unit, warming drawer, and pantry all of which was done with the Shabbat in mind.

An added eat-in area was added and French doors between the dining room and kitchen were put in. Since everything has a cabinetry faced facade, the integration of the extra appliances and drawers feel seemless and keeps things low-key. It looks like a comfortable place to prepare and eat a meal, but with these few simple additions and new take on the floor plan, it’s able to hold all the specific needs for this family.