OU certified Passover products do not contain kitniot, that is corn or soy oil, corn syrup, dextrose or any legumes. Inflated costs of natural cane sugar and cottonseed oil may result in a higher price for some OU-certified Passover foods.

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Kitniyot – It’s all about the Custom

Although there are many definitions as to what constitutes kitniyot, the bottom line is that it all depends on the reigning custom (minhag). Rabbi Moshe Feinstein zt’l, the pre-eminent 20th century American posek, explains that once a minhag is established, it does not readily change, even if circumstances change. For example, the minhag was to…

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Kitniyot Ingredients

Why at times can the OU not tell me if something is made from kitnityot? All products are made from ingredients, and ingredients are often made from sub-units. For example, a candy generally contains a flavor, and the flavor may be made from as many as 30 ingredients. Some of the ingredients in the flavor…

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Behind the Scenes of Kosher Meat

Surprisingly little is actually known about the kosher meat and poultry industry – misconceptions abound.

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Lactose Intolerance

What should a lactose intolerant person do over Passover? Lactaid Milk According to the OU poskim, if one purchases unflavored and unenriched lactaid milk before Passover, they can then use it on Passover. Lactaid Pills Lactaid pills come in two forms – inedible/swallowable and chewable – which are taken at the same time the person…

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Matzah 101

It merely consists of flour and water but it’s a far more complex kosher product than you might imagine – enter the world of unleavened bread.

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Meat and Poultry

Contemporary production methods could invalidate the Passover status of the plainest cut of raw meat.

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Mechirat Chametz

How Mechirat Chametz, Selling Your Chametz, Works It may come as a surprise to many that the sale of chametz, one of Pesach’s traditional rituals, is actually a relatively recent innovation. In order to avoid the prohibition of Jewish ownership during the holiday, the Mishna proposes the solution of selling chametz to a non-Jew. However,…

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The Modern Kitchen

Is it kashering info for Passover you seek? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s what you need to know for microwaves, ovens, refrigerators and more.

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My Chametz and Me – A Long Distance Relationship

If you are spending Pesach in a different time zone, how to deal with selling your chametz back home?

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