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Bzdhkap Mar 23, 2009 07:04 AM

Looking to see if I can find a consensus of opinion on the best tasting brand of matzoh (not shmura) for Pesach. Please weigh in with your favorite brand. Thanks!

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  1. berel RE: Bzdhkap Mar 23, 2009 07:05 AM

    Charedim

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      MartyB RE: berel Mar 23, 2009 08:55 AM

      Charedim is the best for shmura, but OP was asking for NON smurah. I too responded with Charedim as a knee jerk reaction, but edited my post when I re-read OP.

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        berel RE: MartyB Mar 23, 2009 08:58 AM

        all the machine matzah tastes like cardboard to me

        reminds me of the story where a guy is eating a matzah in the park and sees a blind man sitting on other end the bench. feeling sorry for him he hands a matzah and the blind guy starts to feel the matzah and finally says "who wrote this garbage"

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          MartyB RE: berel Mar 23, 2009 09:08 AM

          > all the machine matzah tastes like cardboard to me

          Well it is after all "the bread of affliction", should go well with the marror :)

          Nice story by the way!

    2. queenscook RE: Bzdhkap Mar 23, 2009 08:08 AM

      It's Streits for me.

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        shoelace RE: queenscook Mar 23, 2009 08:23 AM

        I grew up on streits and didnt even want to taste anything else as an adult, then i tasted yehuda, and theres no question, soething abt it just tastes fresher

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          Kochav RE: queenscook Mar 23, 2009 12:07 PM

          We're also a Streits family. I'll give Yehuda a try, but it would be awfully hard to give up those pink boxes.

          Who is it who does the bran matzah? Osem? That was the first box to disappear.

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          MartyB RE: Bzdhkap Mar 23, 2009 08:48 AM

          Yehuda, check out the reviews.

          http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

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            weinstein5 RE: MartyB Mar 23, 2009 09:06 AM

            For machine made IMHO nothing beats Yehuda -

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            Kosher Critic RE: Bzdhkap Mar 23, 2009 09:21 AM

            Streits and Rakusen's (UK) for tea-sized.

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              Himishgal RE: Bzdhkap Mar 23, 2009 09:32 AM

              See last year's reviews here:
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5052...
              Seems many concur with the Yehuda brand.

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                hanistor RE: Bzdhkap Mar 23, 2009 09:35 AM

                Yehuda

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                  berel RE: hanistor Mar 23, 2009 09:41 AM

                  does Yehuda sell an "18 minute matzah"? (I know all kosher matzah is done in 18 minutes or less) I'm referring to the 1st batch after the machinery had been thoroughly cleaned after the last batch

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                    weinstein5 RE: berel Mar 23, 2009 10:06 AM

                    yes they do per their website - http://www.yehudamatzos.com/asg/Categ...

                    Also forgot I love their whole wheat matzah -

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                      shoelace RE: weinstein5 Mar 23, 2009 10:12 AM

                      they have a whole wheat thats kosher lpesach?

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                        berel RE: shoelace Mar 23, 2009 10:23 AM

                        why not?

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                          rolise RE: shoelace Mar 23, 2009 11:01 AM

                          How do we know the original matzah wasn't whole wheat?

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                            berel RE: rolise Mar 23, 2009 11:07 AM

                            the "original" probably was

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                    morris RE: Bzdhkap Mar 23, 2009 11:20 AM

                    Yehuda is the best!

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                      Pluckyduk8 RE: Bzdhkap Mar 23, 2009 11:54 AM

                      Definitely Yehuda...also made in Israel :)

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                        cappucino RE: Bzdhkap Mar 23, 2009 02:58 PM

                        Yehuda is good, but I must say that if you haven't tried Shmura Matza, you are missing out. Also, fyi, there are spelt Matzas out there for the gluten free crowd.

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                          MartyB RE: cappucino Mar 23, 2009 04:14 PM

                          Absolutely, nothing beats shmura matzo, but at 20x the price some sort of balance between the two is in order. Also, shmura is only available on Pesach so an answer to "what is the best machine made matzo" is in order.

                          Is it theoretically possible to make a machine shmura, by that I mean one that has the same texture and taste as the hand version? You know without all those air bubbles that are characteristic of the machine ones. I would love to eat "shmura" (taste wise, not religious wise) all year long at say, twice the price of current machine matzo.

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                            berel RE: MartyB Mar 23, 2009 04:39 PM

                            The Book of our Heritage by Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov actullay discusses hand shmurah vs, machine shmurah, both have their mila's. I buy one box of Machine shmurah for my wife because she has a problem chewing hand shmurah

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                              cappucino RE: MartyB Mar 24, 2009 05:38 AM

                              We have Matza eaters in our family that will eat the hand Shmura for months after. We order a bit extra for that reason. Now, I don't touch it a minute after Pesach, but that's just me.

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                                berel RE: cappucino Mar 24, 2009 05:50 AM

                                they make great pizza crust too, if you don't want the trouble starting with dough from scratch. Though I just saw pre made pizza dough with a hechscher at my local Trader Joes

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                                  MartyB RE: cappucino Mar 24, 2009 10:17 AM

                                  I used to do that too. I would buy shmura matzo after pesach as well when the prices go down. My question is that since matzo, hand or machine, is nothing more than flour and water. Is there any reson why one can't produce a machine matzo that tasts like the hand matzo? Are the machine ones baked at a different temperature? Are they "wipped" (to give it more of the "air bubbles" or what.

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                                    cheesecake17 RE: MartyB Mar 24, 2009 11:13 AM

                                    From what I understand, it's got to do with the ovens.

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                                weinstein5 RE: cappucino Mar 23, 2009 07:18 PM

                                I agree shmurah is the best - but for matzah brei yehudah -

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                                smartie RE: Bzdhkap Mar 24, 2009 03:39 PM

                                Rakusen's, it's British but I have seen it for sale in South Fl.

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                                  cheesecake17 RE: smartie Mar 24, 2009 06:01 PM

                                  the make the mini tea matzahs, which are good. the whole wheat version is to be avoided- awful cardboard taste.

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                                  bay1 RE: Bzdhkap Mar 24, 2009 06:13 PM

                                  I go with Streits for machine & Shatzer for Shmura.

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                                    jaknny RE: Bzdhkap Mar 24, 2009 07:37 PM

                                    No votes for Horowitz? I grew up on it and although I know it's really Manischewitz now, I still think it's tasty and makes a great Matzoh brie

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                                      knowitall2 RE: jaknny Mar 25, 2009 05:01 AM

                                      horowitz has my vote!!!!!!

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                                      Tarz RE: Bzdhkap Mar 24, 2009 07:37 PM

                                      Aviv is the best, followed by Yehuda. I actually look forward to Aviv.

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                                        MartyB RE: Bzdhkap Mar 25, 2009 09:30 AM

                                        In order to make an intelligent and meaningful "study" it would be instructive if one would also include what matzos they have tasted as well. As an example, if someone says that their favorite matzo is Streitz and never had any other matzo but Streitz, this really says nothing. However if someone says they tried Streitz, Horowitz, Manischewitz, and Yehuda and then says that their favorite is Streitz, then that observation says something with respect to relative tastes among a set of matzos. After all, what the OP asked was really a question about the relative tastes of the various matzos out there, not weather one likes the matzo that they eat. So if someone tasted all machine matzos out there and hated them all but found Yehuda to be the least offensive of the batch, this tells the OP something of relevance.

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                                          berel RE: MartyB Mar 25, 2009 09:43 AM

                                          there's an idea for Shul fundraiser, a matzah tasting event.

                                          Ok, might as well make it a wine-cheese-and-matzah tasting event

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                                            MartyB RE: berel Mar 25, 2009 10:19 AM

                                            Considering the extremely high cost of shmura matzos. Some comparison or tasting opportunity would be in order.

                                            I like Charadim, but to be honest, I haven’t tried many other brands and I can't justify, at $20/lb, experimenting. Last year I bought one of the $8/lb shmura matzos and had to give it away. So I would welcome meaningful comparisons or tasting opportunities.

                                            Sign me up!

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                                              berel RE: MartyB Mar 25, 2009 10:27 AM

                                              I think I've tasted most of the other brands of shmurah matzah (including shatzer and Tiferet where I actually did baking at) I've had the rokeach, the chabad.

                                              Charadim are the best

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                                                MartyB RE: berel Mar 25, 2009 10:55 AM

                                                Berel, many thanks for your confirmation. I guess the only possible shmura matzo option that I would pay extra for from Charadim would be."extra well done", Just like they have a cheaper option for broken matzo, I would pay a premium for boxes of extra well done, not black burnt, more like brown extreemly thin in the center, you probably know which ones I am talking about. I would take boxes of broken, but not pulverized, ones as well since it would be asking too much to have much yield of whole ones that thin.

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                                                  berel RE: MartyB Mar 25, 2009 11:16 AM

                                                  putting the shmurah matzah into the oven for few minutes before eating does make them a bit crispier btw

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                                          Michigan Mishuganer RE: Bzdhkap Mar 25, 2009 01:11 PM

                                          Aviv organic is available at Whole Foods.

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                                            hhertz RE: Michigan Mishuganer Mar 30, 2009 08:33 AM

                                            Does anybody know if Whole Wheat Machine Shmura is available and if so who might carry in the NYC area?

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                                            ravchaz RE: Bzdhkap Mar 31, 2009 02:42 PM

                                            For years I bought whatever was cheapest but I have settled on Yehudah as the best tasting.

                                            At the Shop Rite in Norwich, CT, they have a number of different brands of American and Israeli matzoh, including their own Shop Rite brand which is made in Israel (not sure by whom.) Virtually all of them are $4.99 for five pounds, which is cheaper than I have seen it in both New York and Boston.

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                                              avitrek RE: ravchaz Mar 31, 2009 03:17 PM

                                              Who pays for matza? I see enough suburban stores offering a free five pounds with a large enough order that I haven't paid for machine matza in years.

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