Sep 19, 2019 Kashrut
At this time of year when many of us are using figs, dates and leeks, this is a reminder to check these items properly:
DATES: It is recommended that one open and do a visual inspection on a few out of each container. If no insects can be seen, one can assume the rest are insect-free.
FIGS: Open each one and check carefully for infestation (typically wasps, beetles or worms). 
Checking instructions for dates and figs apply even if they have a hechsher, due to the possibility of improper storage.
LEEKS: Examine the outside for any leaf miner trails.  Check in between the leaves for thrips or other insects. 
BLACK EYED PEAS:  Dried peas should first be boiled in water.  After they have been fully cooked, allow the peas to soak in the water for 2-3 hours.  The peas will then swell and the peel will become translucent.                                                                   
Canned or frozen peas may be checked straight out of the can/bag; there is no need to boil or soak. To check, take the peas and inspect for holes or dark-colored stains as this may indicate an insect beneath the thin peel.  If there is a dark spot on the peel, remove the thin skin and check if there is a cavity with a bug in it. (The black “eye” spot is not a sign of infestation.  Similarly, orange colored stains on the surface are not signs of infestation; only dark or black stains are of concern.)