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Looking for Kosher for Passover products in Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill

burgeoningfoodie Mar 9, 2010 07:12 AM

Hello Hounds!

I'm looking for good places to find Kosher for Passover items in the area. Aside from the assorted Macaroons and Matzo, I'd really like to know if there is a place that has chocolate chips. I know about the Ko-Op and they didn't have them from what I was told. Thanks for your help.

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    chazzer Mar 9, 2010 07:54 AM

    The Kroger at Falls of the Neuse and Stricklind in Raleigh will have some items, possibly the chips you are looking for. They have an agreement to stock KP items at that location.

    1. weinstein5 Mar 9, 2010 09:25 AM

      You might also contact one of the synagogues in in the area - here is something form the Chabad HOuse in Raleigh - http://www.jewishraleigh.org/template...

      Another suggestion is to post this query in the kosher board of chowhound -

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      1. re: weinstein5
        rockycat Mar 9, 2010 10:44 AM

        Trust me, you'll get a better response on this board. There aren't exactly a lot of Kosher Board posters from this area.

        Sha'arei Israel does not sell kosher food, or any food for that matter. They take orders for shmurah matzah but the deadline was yesterday. There are usually a few extra boxes, though. If you're interested call them in a week or so. The prices were ranging about $16 - 17/pound depending on whether you ordered American, Israeli, or Ukrainian.

        The Passover deadline for the Raleigh kosher buying group was a few weeks ago so that won't be of any help.

        Your best bet in Raleigh is the Kroger at Strickland and Falls. For the past few years they have had the best KP selection (such as it is) in town. So much so, that over the years other stores are carrying less and less. I haven't been there yet this year so I don't know if they're fully stocked. The HT at Stonehenge has their horribly overpriced small selection of KP good in the seasonal aisle next to the produce. Oh, and if tradition carries through, HT will have all the KP Breakstone dairy products available about a week or two *after* Pesach.

        1. re: rockycat
          burgeoningfoodie Mar 9, 2010 01:36 PM

          Thanks! The Food Lion here in Carrboro actually had a pretty good selection last year, but nothing as of yet.

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            Rory Mar 9, 2010 07:52 PM

            Harris Teeter next to Carr Mill Mall has kosher products, Gefilte fish, Matzoh,in the International Aisle I'd look there for kosher for Passover stuff.

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              burgeoningfoodie Mar 10, 2010 04:46 AM

              Yes, I've seen what Teeter in Carr Mill has but if I can find the same at Food Lion. I'd pay their prices instead.

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        fussycouple Mar 10, 2010 03:29 AM

        I think at least the whole foods in Chapel hill has the chocolate chips.

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          burgeoningfoodie Mar 10, 2010 04:47 AM

          Thanks I'll give them a shot today after work.

          1. re: fussycouple
            burgeoningfoodie Mar 10, 2010 10:07 AM

            Whole Foods in Chapel Hill's Kosher for Passover is borderline pathetic. It was, as best as I can tell, one end isle display with typical items. No chocolate chips there.

            1. re: burgeoningfoodie
              Rory Mar 13, 2010 11:25 PM

              Just wanted to let you know BF
              Weaver St has kosher for passover Potato Kugel mix and chocolate chip macaroons in a tin..

              1. re: burgeoningfoodie
                LulusMom Mar 14, 2010 07:04 AM

                when I first moved here I was flabbergasted that *all* the turkey sausages sold at WFs were in pork casings. I brought this to their attention and they said "thats the way our customers like them." I just kept bugging them and I think now they do have a few with lamb casings.

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              rockycat Mar 14, 2010 01:29 PM

              I wouldn't have believed it, but the Brier Creek Wal-Mart actually has some Passover products. They're split between an endcap and the usual Ethnic aisle and they're a pretty odd assortment.
              There's Osem chicken powder without a KP heksher. Five lb. Mani matzahs. Yehuda 1 lb'ers that clearly say both in English and Hebrew ""Chametz." Three brands of matzah meal, one each of potato starch and cake meal. A few versions of boxed matzah ball and soup mixes. At least one potato pancake mix. Two sizes Kedem grape juice, one style of Mani gefilte fish. Canned mandarin oranges and hearts of palm (!). The one thing I did pick up was a bag of KP Laffy Taffy-style candy, 1/2 lb. for $2, made in Israel. There may have been a feww other odds and ends but that's what I remember.
              I can't imagine what the buyer was thinking when they ended up with that hodgepodge.

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                albritton76 Mar 14, 2010 08:05 PM

                The new Harris Teeter in North Hills had the chocolate chips as of Saturday evening. They were located in the upper level on an end-cap display with the other kosher items.

                They had a fair number of other items, but alas, no kosher Coke.

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                  rockycat Mar 16, 2010 06:44 AM

                  I was at the Kroger at Falls and Strickland in Raleigh yesterday. I'd say that they have the most extensive KP selection in Raleigh. All sorts of things you need and many more that you can probably do very well without for one week. Many types of breakfast cereal, syrups, canned vegetables, candies, different types of matzah including machine-made shmura, potato chips, etc.

                  I didn't check for dairy or packaged meats but there was a freezer with assorted baked goods, many of them non-gebrokhts. Those appear to be going fast, though, and I don't know if Kroger will be restocking before the holiday.

                  And, bf, no chocolate chips but they did have coffee chocolate chips. Go figure.

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                  1. re: rockycat
                    burgeoningfoodie Mar 16, 2010 08:48 AM

                    Thanks. I did notice that Trader Joe's was carrying Kosher turkey, chicken and red meat and kosher for Passover brisket (though they may be a little smaller than normal). Don't know about the one in Raleigh as this is the one in Chapel Hill.

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                    mpyre9 Mar 16, 2010 09:25 AM

                    I know the Chocolate Door in Chapel Hill will have chocolate covered mazos. Not kosher, but probably the only place in the area making it fresh.

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                    1. re: mpyre9
                      burgeoningfoodie Mar 16, 2010 11:14 AM

                      Possibly. I know a recipe I like on zoebakes.com that is caramel (or toffee) and chocolate covered.

                      1. re: burgeoningfoodie
                        Rory Mar 16, 2010 04:24 PM

                        Yecch, sorry but that doesn't sound appetizing, I like butter and salt & pepper on my matzoh, at Weaver St they put out Kosher for Passover wine, Baron Herzog, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and shoot a 3rd, a white wine. Sorry I just forgot.

                        1. re: Rory
                          rockycat Mar 16, 2010 07:18 PM

                          The chocolate toffee matzah is simply a take on the old candy that uses soda crackers or saltines as the base. Although a lot of people take credit for "inventing" this candy it's really just a logical derivation of an old time treat. I believe, FWIW, that the Canadian cookbook author Marcy Goldman has a trademark for her name for that candy but that applies to the name, not the formulation.

                          I'm not a toffee fan but there's a reason you'll see this recipe called Matzah Crack. Seriously, you can't stop eating it.

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                      ifried Mar 25, 2010 12:42 PM

                      I live in Durham and was told that if you are celebrating Passover in the area, it is very worth a short trip to a supermarket in Greensboro to a local supermarket in the town. They have a big, will supported, Jewish population and you can get everything you need in one run. Also, Fresh Market in Chapel Hill on Raleigh Road has heavenly Brisket for sale in their meat department. I have made their first cut Brisket in the past and it is as good quality as you will find at any NY butcher. I was in Whole Foods in Durham and they had a very respectable Passover section and every kind of traditional pre-maid food for passover if you don't want to cook. I might cheat and buy some Potato Pancakes and Kugel from them, pre-made.

                      Fresh Market
                      4223 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC

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                      1. re: ifried
                        burgeoningfoodie Mar 26, 2010 06:13 AM

                        Are the pre-made foods made at Whole Foods? If so, I'm finding it hard to believe that they would be Kosher for Passover, but I guess anything is possible. I was at the WF in Chapel Hill and didn't see anything really just a small display. I'm going to check the store in North Raleigh over the weekend. I know G'boro has a large population, but I'll chance it on the 45 min drive to N. Raleigh as oppose to G'boro.

                        1. re: burgeoningfoodie
                          rockycat Mar 26, 2010 08:06 AM

                          Of course the prepared foods at WF are not kosher, let alone kosher for Passover. They are simply Jewish-style. For some people, that's enough.

                          I saw today at the HT at Leesville frozen potato kugel from Melrose, KP and pareve. It was very expensive, over $7 for a fairly small serving, but it's a good heksher. It's mixed in with the regular kosher frozen foods. Given how very cheap the ingredients for potato kugel are, I can't imagine spending that kind of money for frozen but if that's what works for you, it is available.

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                        newmanl201 Feb 16, 2013 05:40 PM

                        where can i find kosher whole turkeys in raleigh? live in greensboro - no luck here.

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                        1. re: newmanl201
                          chazzer Feb 16, 2013 07:10 PM

                          BJ's, Costco, and maybe Trader Joes.

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                            newmanl201 Feb 17, 2013 04:23 PM

                            does one of the costco's in that area carry kosher meats? if so, which?

                            1. re: newmanl201
                              meorav Feb 18, 2013 05:03 PM

                              Costco in Durham generally doesn't have much kosher meat - IQF Empire chicken breasts and Hebrew National salami.

                              You'll do much better at Trader Joe's. The TJ in Chapel Hill usually has an assortment of fresh kosher Empire chicken and turkey, as well as TJ brand (sourced from Teva) kosher beef - brisket/ground beef/ribeyes/stew meat.

                              Whole turkey specifically is fairly hit or miss around here. The Harris Teeter on MLK in Durham has sometimes had them (especially around Thanksgiving). You could always order one from Grillers Pride in Atlanta - if you miss their regular delivery to Greensboro, they'll be happy to Fed Ex one to you.

                              1. re: meorav
                                newmanl201 Feb 19, 2013 04:49 AM

                                thanks. went to the TJ in Winston-Salem - they're not going to get the whole turkeys.our Costco has kosher chicken breasts and cornish hens - if push comes to shove, may use those.

                          2. re: newmanl201
                            burgeoningfoodie Feb 19, 2013 09:01 AM

                            First how many people are you looking to feed with a whole turkey? I assume more than 6 which I think a turkey breast could do easily enough and which you would be more likely to fine. Most places don't carry kosher whole turkeys past Thanksgiving or Christmas for obvious reasons.

                            1. re: burgeoningfoodie
                              newmanl201 Feb 19, 2013 09:06 AM

                              about 20 people.

                              1. re: newmanl201
                                burgeoningfoodie Feb 19, 2013 09:15 AM

                                Oy that is quite the task. I'm guessing you want more than one bird .

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                                  newmanl201 Feb 19, 2013 09:32 AM

                                  i have a turkey breast, and with all the other stuff i'll have at sedar, one should do me.

                                2. re: newmanl201
                                  meorav Feb 19, 2013 10:12 AM

                                  Grillers Pride is delivering to Beth David in Greensboro on March 10. They have two brands of kosher whole turkey available - Chai and Aaron's (plus a lot of other meat and kosher for passover items). I have been ordering them for years, and have found their meat to be good quality.

                                  Another possibility - Whole Foods carries Kosher Valley organic kosher turkeys during the holidays, perhaps the WF on Friendly Ave has one or could special order one.

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                              muffyrosie Feb 8, 2014 01:39 PM

                              I find it very disturbing that in today's society and so many ethnic groups in the world that People living in the state of NC cannot go to a local supermarket and purchase kosher food. I cannot find a knish, Pastrami, Kosher Pickles or for that matter Nathan's mustard which s not Kosher. I cannot find Hebrew National Salami or Bologna and I find this to be sickening. I am wondering if this is a prejudice matter or what? The food stores should be ashamed of themselves not to sell products that I know Iam not the only one looking for. Get with the program people!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                              1. re: muffyrosie
                                LulusMom Feb 8, 2014 04:33 PM

                                Hi Muffy. Not sure where you live but I see lots of kosher products in Chapel Hill. If you can't find them where you are, maybe mail order? I'm guessing NC communities with larger Jewish populations are going to have what you need/want. Economics will make that happen - money means more than prejudice (although I don't actually think I've seen any anti-Semitic stuff myself, but then I'm not Jewish- just a wannabe).

                                1. re: LulusMom
                                  muffyrosie Feb 10, 2014 09:54 AM

                                  Thanks for the reply. I appreciate it.

                                2. re: muffyrosie
                                  meatn3 Feb 8, 2014 06:54 PM

                                  Do you live in the Triangle?

                                  This is not prejudice - it is simple economics. There simply is not enough of a demand in the area.

                                  If you search and inquire you should be able to find much of what you list. Knish not so much - hard to find a good one even in NYC these days. Pretty sure I've seen Hebrew National products at B.J.'s but it has been several years since I've been a member.

                                  If you have recently relocated from a N.E. Metro area then just a gentle reminder that you aren't in Kansas any more Dorothy!

                                  1. re: meatn3
                                    bobbyrab Feb 9, 2014 02:27 PM

                                    ...or a gentile reminder ;)

                                  2. re: muffyrosie
                                    chazzer Feb 9, 2014 02:44 PM

                                    As far as Knishs are concerned, it is just not a NC problem


                                    1. re: muffyrosie
                                      burgeoningfoodie Feb 10, 2014 09:09 AM

                                      I see Kosher products all over the place but not so much Kosher for Passover when the time comes around. You use to be able to get Kosher pastrami at Costco. However it isn't too much of stretch to make your own with just some kosher meat from Trader Joe's. I don't know of many places even in NY that sell Knishes (or good ones) at a grocery store. Those are delicatessen staples. Technically there is no such thing as a "kosher" pickle. Just like Kosher Salt isn't kosher. Its a matter of ingredients and usage. I mean yes pickles can be produced in a kosher facility but there isn't really any reason to do so. You may find it hard to find full sours or half sours instead of the ubiquitous and awfully overdone Dill. I have seen Hebrew National Salami at Harris Teeter.. or maybe it was Kroger.

                                      1. re: burgeoningfoodie
                                        LulusMom Feb 10, 2014 09:29 AM

                                        I feel like HT always has a special display of passover foods around that time each year.

                                      2. re: muffyrosie
                                        The Chowhound Team Feb 10, 2014 12:01 PM

                                        Folks, can we please focus the conversation on where to find Kosher products and not on arguing about whether it is or isn't discriminatory that they're hard to find? That's getting off-topic for Chowhound and it doesn't actually help solve the issue. Thanks!

                                        1. re: muffyrosie
                                          carolinadawg Feb 10, 2014 06:31 PM

                                          I was in Harris Teeter tonight (in Charlotte) and noticed a Kosher section in the "dry goods" area, as well as in the frozen foods section. Perhaps the same exists near you.

                                          1. re: carolinadawg
                                            rockycat Feb 10, 2014 07:28 PM

                                            Most HT's have a small kosher section, usually somewhere near the Asian, Mexican, and other assorted ethnic foods. Kosher and kosher for Passover are not necessarily the same thing, though. At least in North Raleigh, the more kosher for Passover food the Strickland Kroger carries, the less KP food the Stonehenge and Leesville HT's carry.

                                            The simple truth is that it's all about economics. If the stores made enough of a profit, they'd carry anything. The fact that my local HT's are cutting back on their Passover food selection means only that they're not selling enough to make it worth their while.

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