Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Kosher >
Feb 17, 2009 11:13 AM

Kosher L'Pesach Margarine

For anyone who needs a review of what happened last year, here is the wiki-article about it:

I spoke to a guy at my local Stop and Shop here in Teaneck today...he was stocking the kosher cheese. ACCORDING TO HIM Mother's brand is not making margarine at all this year, maybe Ha-Olam and one other brand will have it for Pesach.

As people see the stick margarine (there was plenty of tub margarine last year) showing up on their shelves, could you let me know?

Any other information is greatly appreciated.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. This would be the perfect time to drop the Kitniyot issue once and for all...

    1. I guess the question really is do any of the companies that are selling margarine, Ha-Olam, Mehadrim, J&J, etc. are actually manufacturing them or are they shell companies that only make wrapping and boxes with no manufacturing facilities behind them. It would be a shame if there is only one real company making margarine and we are at their mercy as to whether they decide to manufacture margarine to the kosher consumer or not.

      1. They were rationing it in Chicago last year like it was 1942.

        1. I truly don't remember finding it hard to buy margarine last year. Maybe I shopped early (1 week before) but it was everywhere.

          6 Replies
          1. re: cheesecake17

            Possibly because the price was so high? It was more expensive than butter.

            1. re: cheesecake17

              It was plentiful in the tubs....but the formula for making it that way has a higher water content, and it severely affected recipes...well the baking ones at least. It was the sticks that were non-existent.

              1. re: vallevin

                I found the sticks. And I remember them being on sale.

                1. re: cheesecake17

                  Maybe you're thinking of 2 years ago? Check this board from last year; almost no one could find any. I know I couldn't find any either in the Kew Gardens Hills area or at Brach's in the Five Towns. I got by with cake recipes that used oil, which is healthier anyway, but stick margarine certainly was almost impossible to find. BTW, one week before is hardly early; many people do their baking weeks before.

                  1. re: queenscook

                    Nope it was definitely last year. I remember buying a box and not even using it on Pesach. I guess I got lucky :)

                    Was it last year or the year before that tam tam crackers were nonexistant?

                    1. re: cheesecake17

                      Also last year. But I never buy those, so I wouldn't even have known that if not for reading it here.

            2. Oh, this is making me anxious way in advance of Pesach. I have a fabulous flourless choc cake recipe that is great with butter, ok w/ marg, but I am afraid of what it will be like with oil. Has anyone tried a flourless choc cake with oil in lieu of butter or margarine that tasted like the real deal? I hate the fake taste of a lot of pareve Pesach recipes, and I am afraid that the oil would not perform as the butter & margarine do in the recipe

              2 Replies
              1. re: doc_k55

                Can't speak from actual experience, but my guess is that it won't work. The thing about margarine is that it is solid at room temp, which is one thing that keeps the cake cake. With oil, it probably won't set up.

                1. re: doc_k55

                  bake a chocolate mousse-it makes a fabulous cake!