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OU-P 2015

The OU continues to give certification to Passover Quinoa. Pereg and Goldbaum will be selling OU-P quinoa as well as Setton Farms. The OU-P quinoa is from a factory in South America which does not deal in Chametz or Kitniyot and was packed with a Mashgiach Temidi. Pereg will be introducing quinoa flour as a…

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Why do Certain Products Require Special OU-P Certification?

EVERYONE KNOWS that the main category of food prohibited to eat on Passover is chametz. Chametz is defined in halacha as a product of one of five grains that has fermented through contact with water. The five grains are wheat, barley, spelt, oats and rye. This prohibition includes all products made with flour derived from these…

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Passover Recipe Substitution Chart

Aren’t we, as a people, the original substitution experts in the kitchen? Switching dairy to parve, with relative ease – margarine, oil or even applesauce for butter and almond; rice or soy products for milk? But, before you begin swapping out ingredients on your favorite layer cake, read through the recipe you want to adapt. Consider the…

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A Passover Primer

Any traditional Jew will tell you that the most pivotal time of the kosher year is the Festival of Passover. But it is also the most intense period of the year for the many food companies who try to offer their products to the kosher market. This is because kosher keeping Jews are spending a…

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Passover Terms

MATZA Matza is made of specially supervised flour and water, which must be baked before the dough has had time to rise — within 18 minutes or less. It is the only product based on the five grains (wheat, barley, oat, spelt & rye) which Jews may eat during Passover, and it must be made…

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Pasteur, Detente, Kosher Wine

WHEN MAKING KOSHER WINE PURCHASES in preparation for Pesach everyone makes certain to look for the OUP or OU Kosher for Passover designations on the label. Most kosher wine is kosher for Passover as well, but there are some rare exceptions, so it’s important to check each label carefully. There is another designation that can…

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Pesach Dieters, Take Note: You Can Have Your Potato—and Eat It, Too!

Q: Potatoes, potatoes and more potatoes … with all these carbs, it’s no wonder I gain a pound for every day of Pesach—and the week before, too! How can I avoid overdoing the carbs? A: As a long-time potato lover, I feel the need to defend one of my favorite tubers. Potatoes get a bad…

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Pesach Recipe Substitutes

At some point during Pesach preparations we’ve all tried to convert a main stream recipe into a Pesach one only to discover that we don’t have a clue as to what to substitute for a chometz ingredient. This panic moment is why I started compiling my COMPLETE LIST OF PESACH SUBSTITUTES. I’ve added some great…

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Prepared Baby Food

1. Gerber Baby Food: Carrots are acceptable for Passover l’chatchila when bearing the OU. 2. Gerber Baby Food: Peas and Green Beans are Kitniyot. 3. First Choice Baby Food: Apple Sauce, Carrots and Sweet Potatoes are approved when bearing an OU-P or OU Kosher for Passover symbol.

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Preparing for Passover

What Special Preparations Must be Made in the Jewish Home for Passover? The home must be thoroughly cleaned of all Chametz before Passover. Any Chametz not removed from a Jew’s premises before Passover should be sold. Jewish law forbids the use of any Chametz which remains in a Jew’s possession during Passover, even after the…

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