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Apr 13, 2008 03:57 PM

new and interesting passover products

What is the most interesting Passover ingredient/product you found this year? I really liked the kosher white balsamic vinegar that I found in teaneck at glatt express as well as the pure vanilla extract that I found in shop rite.

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    Haven't tried it yet, so I don't know how good it is, but I saw imitation soy and teriyaki sauces. It may be terrible, but I decided to try the teriyaki sauce. I may make a Pesachdik version of an Oriental-style stir fry I make during the year.
    As for pure vanilla extract, I have had pure vanilla extract for years now. I keep my extracts from year to year, and the bottle I have now (Haddar brand) is at least three years old.

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    1. re: queenscook

      in passover by design there is a recipe for "teriyaki" sauce

      1. re: koshergourmetmart

        Yes, I know, but this just requires me to pour it out of a bottle, not obtain ten different ingredients and go through all the fuss. Sometimes I wonder exactly what kind of world Susie Fishbein lives in. Certainly not the one I live in, where I am trying to make 10 yom tov/shabbos meals for a varying number of guests in about four evenings, after coming home from a full day of work. We literally just finished kashering the kitchen, and it's only now, after 11 PM Sunday night that I can start cooking in ernest. I'll have the evenings of Monday through Thursday, to get the bulk of the cooking done, though obviously I'll have a bit of time on chol ha'moed. Still, as much as I enjoy cooking, and especially baking, doing everything practically from scratch on Pesach really takes it out of a person.
        Still, if the bottled imitation teriyaki sauce is terrible, I could understand why someone would go through the hassle of making their own, but I wouldn't spend my limited time on it. I'd make something else.

        1. re: queenscook

          "Sometimes I wonder exactly what kind of world Susie Fishbein lives in" I know what you mean, her cook book scares me. My favorite cook book is "5 or less". When I go to Recipezaar I always start by filtering by (1) Kosher and (2) 5 or Less Ingredients. Now my 23 year old daughter is just the opposite she always references Susie Fishbein's books. She is the one that will be doing the pesach cooking this year. We will have 8+ people and my daughter will start the cooking only this Thursday night. How she does it is beyond me. When she cooks, every surface of the kitchen is covered with food each at some stage of preparation; even all the kitchen chairs have something on them. Amazing! She caters all by herself bridal showers, sheva brachus and once she single-handedly catered a high school graduation. She is really into "presentation" she is always going to Amazing Savings to buy all types of serving platters and other such fluff. By the way, she too was upset by the stick margarine shortage, will be interesting how she improvises.

          1. re: MartyB

            She lives in Livingston. She was profiled in today's NYTimes and they mention that.


    2. I found whole peppercorns in a little container with a mini grinder kosher for Passover with Beth Din of Cape Town, imported by Streits, very useful and good flavor. Frozen fake cookie dough seems interesting. But I hate the fact that there are no more non-cottonseed oil mayonnaises around, and I could not find any more imitation crumbs for the non-gebrokts consumer.

      1. Just when you thought Wacky Mac was the most unhealthy mac n' cheese mix out there- I bought Kosher for Passover, non-gebrokts Mac n Cheez mix by Streit's. I noticed that "cheez" was spelled funny and then discovered that this product is actually PAREVE! My kidz (lol) will probably love it!!!!
        PS to EvanM- every supermarket I went to in the 5 towns and Brooklyn had Pesach crumbs (non-gebrokts)

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        1. re: websterhall1994

          "Better living through chemistry"

          Seriously though -- maybe if the families in my neighborhood didn't feed their kids so many industrial chemicals like this (and "Laffy Taffy" and similar assorted unnatural garbage) the level of behavior wouldn't be so bad.
          (There is *something* to the Feingold diet.)

          1. re: jbaltz

            Could someone please tell me why Laffy Taffy seems to be the kosher junk of choice? They hand that stuff out at shul like, well, candy.

            1. re: rockycat

              Laffy Taffy is pareve, nut-free and most important, cheap! (I won't let my kids near that stuff!)

              1. re: websterhall1994

                I think that it is terrific that there are so many more options for Passover than there used to be in the past. My only gripe is that there are not enough healthy prepared or packaged foods that are kosher for Passover. A lot of the prepared foods are heavy on any or all of the following: potato starch, cottonseed oil, whole eggs, and sugar.

        2. Pesach Mac N Cheez update: I made this for dinner (v1.0) tonight. It was positively putrid- my kids rightfully refused more than one taste and then ran for the soda to get the taste out of their mouths. Basically, the "noodles" turned to spongy mush. The "cheez" topping turned out to be concentrated consomme powder + salt + the most powerful yellow dye ever. It was completely inedible and it stained my pesach sink insert and white plastic serving utensils bright yellow! I am considering writing/emailing/calling Streit's to let them know exactly how revolting this product is.

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          1. re: websterhall1994

            I made this too. The sauce packet looked (and on dry taste was) vile so I made my own cheese sauce (potato starch, milk, butter, cheese) and tossed it with the gross noodles. My toddler must have been desperate for mac n cheese bec she ate it. So for future reference: if your kids are desperate, just buy the k for p noodles and make your own cheese sauce - it only takes a few minutes.

            1. re: doc_k55

              OMGOMGOMG, worst stuff ever. and it was nearly $4!! I just want to ask, 'how dare they.'

              1. re: Mrs.Zev

                You're just now starting to ask? The Pesach market has been pricing itself into the stratosphere for as long as I can remember (back in the days when the Pesach food section was about 6 feet long, if that).

                Nowadays, with the demand that everything we're used to the other 50+ weeks a year be replicated in a sawdust-meets-wallpaper-paste form, the pricing has no connection to reality.

                I consider it an offshoot of our need for immediate comfort and gratification. growing up in the 60's and 70's we didn't eat whole meals in our cars or expect the full litany of everyday foods to be replicated for Pesach. You understood it to be 8 days of "different".

                1. re: ferret

                  People need to relax and put things into perspective, it is only a week! If you stick to basics and KISS then you will have an enjoyable, not that expensive and tasty yom tov. I find most of the fake chametz items to be expensive, not necessary as well as not tasty. I took the KISS approach this year and am very satisfied with my decision. I am cheating tonight by going to The Chosen for dinner, but I can't say no to my married daughter, anyway, I saved a bundle by not going nuts with my pesach shopping. I bought no takeout and spent a grand total of $4 on bakery items.

                  1. re: MartyB

                    I agree with MartyB. It is only a little more than a week. There are many options if people eat gebrokhts. If you eat quinoa, there are even more options.

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