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How is your passover food shopping going?
I find it frustrating not being able to rely on my trusted standby’s I am so used to year round – packaged passover foods tend to be health disasters. But each year I see a few new healthier products being made available for passover. And it’s helpful to research what products don’t need special passover certification.
Check out how I stock my pantry for passover below. I will continue to update this list as I find products, and if you have any to add please list them in the comments! I do compromise on a few products on passover that I normally won’t buy during the year, but it’s not something I stress about since the majority of what we eat is homemade and fresh.
My Passover 2015 Shopping List
Always ask your Rabbi if you’re not sure about certain products – and note that products may change certification year to year. If you need clarification on any of these items check the passover resources most kosher certification agencies list on their websites.
- Tons of fresh veggies and fruit! Especially cauliflower (to make “rice” and “tabbouleh“), spaghetti squash and zucchini for noodles (use a spiralizer).
- Frozen fruit, especially berries, for smoothies and homemade jam. Does not require special passover certification without any added ingredients (frozen vegetables do).
- Quality proteins – fish, chicken, meat, lamb, eggs, plus plenty of bones to make stock. This year, Blue Hill Bay Herring has Kosher for Passover varieties – I like the dill marinade. Unger’s has Gefilte Fish made with olive oil (but check ingredients – I’ve only seen it in Whole Foods, all the ones I saw at the kosher market has cottonseed oil).
- Grow and Behold Nitrate Free Hot-dogs and sausages – they have a section with their specialty passover products. Great for when you need a break from cooking.
- Blanchard and Blanchard capers (to make salsa verde that goes with everything! Meat, fish, chicken…).
- Saba Habib Olives – first time I’ve seen this available, olives with no preservatives!! And delicious
- Redmond Real Salt
- Organic Balsamic Vinegar – Natural Earth Products
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil – (No “P” required – for extra virgin olive oil only). My favorite olive oil is this one.
- Shirataki Noodles (still looking for the passover certified version).
- Organic grape juice
- Fresh pressed pomegranate juice (Sadaf 100% juice).
- Gluten-Free Oat Matza – I like the Lakewood machine made MUCH better than the Kestenbaum hand made.
- Yehuda Gluten-free Matza (can not be used for hamotzi)
- Organic Spelt Matza
- Ketchup (would love to see an organic version available but at least get with natural ingredients or make your own!).
- Chia Seeds (buy before passover)
- Anchovies – to make my 3 ingredient dip or dressing – a family favorite and great alternative for caesar salad dressing (just add grated parmesan if you can do dairy).
- Canned sardines, tuna, etc.. look for wild-caught.
- Coffee – pure coffee does not need passover certification.
- Wellbee’s Almond Flour (kosher for passover directly from their website, make sure to order in advance!).
- Tapioca Flour
- Coconut Milk
- Coconut Oil – Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from Spectrum (only) is acceptable for Passover when bearing the regular OU symbol. Special KLP certification is not required.
- Chocolate Chips – Sweet Shoppe Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (Whole Foods) or California Gourmet (kosher markets).
- Kosher Fish Gelatin – avoid the flavored jello and make your own with organic juice
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
- Cocoa Powder
- Baking soda – does not require special certification.
For more on passover baking, check out my passover baking guide here.
- Matt’s Munchies Mango (with the added “P” certification). Get it online here.
- Macaroons – read ingredients, many brands use artificial flavors. But they are all way too sweet – check out this macaroon recipe round-up to make your own (including raw versions).
- Sweet Potato Chips – I usually avoid safflower oil, but it’s definitely better than cottonseed oil!
- Nuts – raw nuts do not require extra certification (make sure there is no BHT, BHA or other additives).
- Jennie’s Macaroons (with added “P” certification)
This is one of the areas that needs the most improvement in the kosher for passover world. There is still very few passover dairy products available that are organic.
- raw milk
- cream cheese
- Cheese – The Cheese Guy has hormone free and organic varieties that are kosher for passover.
Items to Make
There are tons of Passover items I refuse to buy (read more about it here) so I always make the following to have around for the week:
Passover Resources for 2015:
The OU Guide to Passover
Star-K Passover Resources
CRC Passover Resources
OK Passover Guide
Whole Foods Market Expands Kosher for Passover 2015
18 Foods that Don’t Require Special Kosher Certification
Conservative Movement Guide to Passover: includes list of items that do not require kosher certification.