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HELP: Where can I find Chareidim Shmurah matzah?

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mommysmazal Mar 28, 2012 06:43 AM

It seems to have vanished from stores. Called the factory and they are no longer selling to the public. Told me private families had to order before Purim. Always bought it in stores and never had a problem so never thought to order it direct. Now two weeks until Pesach and I can't find it anywhere. Could anyone suggest a substitute in taste and quality? Used to use Pupa Tzalim but this was better. Help would be most appreciative.

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    ellkay Mar 28, 2012 08:30 PM

    If I'm not mistaken, I believe I saw several boxes of Chareidim Shmurah matzah at the Seasons at the Golden Horseshoe Plaza in Scarsdale on Sunday. Might be too late now but could be worth a phone call.

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      ahuva Mar 28, 2012 07:37 PM

      rumor has it that they have sold out.

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        MartyB Mar 28, 2012 08:56 AM

        Berel if you are listening. To qualitatively measure the "thinness" of Shatzer matzo compared to Charedim we can use the measure of number of matzos per one pound box as a guide. If I remember I will count and post the result for Charedim and if you remember do the same for the Shatzer. Thicker matzo will be heavier and have less matzos per pound as thin ones.

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          avitrek Mar 28, 2012 01:28 PM

          To be accurate you need to measure the radius of the matzah too. Or at least the size of the box as an estimate.

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            MartyB Mar 29, 2012 07:48 PM

            To be honest the most important measure is the number of matzos per one pound box. Why? because people eat matzo in "matzo units" whole, 1/2, 1/4. As an example, in chol hamoed, at breakfast I would eat one matzo w/butter. I would eat this whether the matzo was slightly bigger or smaller, thicker or thinner. At the seder, would you dole out different portion sizes depending on the matzo thickness or its diameter?

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              avitrek Mar 31, 2012 06:14 PM

              Yes, the number per pound is the most important practical measure. Although on chol hamoed there is no reason you can't break off part of a matzah. But you were interested in using the count to measure thickness not to practically know how many whole matzahs you get.

              If you cut the radius of the matzah in half, you can get 4 times as many matzahs in a pound with the same thickness. In fact, a % reduction in radius will have a larger impact on the count than the thickness of the matzah. So the question is, are you interested in the most matzahs per pound or the thinnest matzah?

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                MartyB Mar 31, 2012 08:46 PM

                >So the question is, are you interested in the most matzahs per pound or the thinnest matzah?

                Most matzos have similar diameters so thinnest usually implies more matzos per pound. I opened one of my boxes of Charedim matzos and counted 10 matzos.

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            susiejane Mar 28, 2012 05:40 PM

            Besdies the Charedim, I bought Shatzer whole wheat. Can anyone tell me what the green sticker which says "Razeve" in English and Hebrew means.

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              queenscook Mar 28, 2012 06:53 PM

              I believe it means "whole wheat."

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                susiejane Mar 29, 2012 04:20 AM

                That is what I thought also. My husband callled the phone number on the box last night and the woman who answered said it meant "holy." We did not thinbk that was correct.

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              berel Mar 29, 2012 04:31 AM

              there were 8 and 1/2 matzahs in the 1 lb box I just opened. I can see just by eyeballing them they're still not as thin as the Charedim matzah.

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                MartyB Mar 6, 2013 03:55 PM

                Are Shatzer Shmurah matzah similar in taste to Charedim? I will be in Florida for pesach and called up Kosher Marketplace in Boca Raton and asked if they carry Charedim matzah and they said that they only will carry Shatzer and Chabad. Unless I can get my Charedim "fix" from another Florida store I just may have to settle with Shatzer. Being that I never had a Shatzer matzah before I would like a heads up as to level of disappointment (if any) that I can expect.

                Of course if I have some room left in my suitcase I will bring as many pounds of matzah that will fit - hopefully they wont be expensive matzah meal at trips end:) (Oh oh, my wife is looking at me like I am some kind of an idiot)

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              MartyB Mar 28, 2012 08:48 AM

              According to our man Berel, Shatzer uses the same rolling technique that Charedim uses in their matzo baking process so I would give them a try..

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8376...

              As to the private family business, a co-worker of mine will be getting his Charedim matzos a day before pesach. He knows the owners and made that arrangement. I don't know if he will be going to the factory to help make his batch of matzos or not.

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                avitrek Mar 28, 2012 07:08 AM

                There is at least one other thread where this is discussed. You can check there for suggestions rather than creating a new thread. But the short answer is you may be out of luck. It's gotten very popular and sells out quickly.

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