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queenscook Apr 15, 2012 11:50 AM

I'll start . . . Pereg's Israeli Couscous. It's not some fake couscous concocted from potato and tapioca starch; it's the real deal. Real Israeli couscous. They explain on the box that it's made in the same process at matzo, i.e., as quickly, the mixing machines are stopped every 18 minutes to be cleaned, etc. It has the OU-P, so I was game to try it. In truth, I buy very few packaged goods, boxes, mixes, and the like over Pesach, but this was intriguing, so I gave it a shot. A bit pricey, but if you really miss a real pasta product during Pesach, this is definitely for you.

  1. bagelman01 Apr 15, 2012 12:42 PM

    I ran into Holy Cow OU-P Beef Jerky and Turkey Jerky at Stop and Shop. As I had to make a 3 hr flight Chol HaMoed, a meeting and 3 hour return flight this was a great find. My food dehydrator is not Pesachdiche.
    Before Pesach they were $6.99 a 2.12 ounce package which is high, Chol HaMoed they were about $4. This morning I bought 36 packages (clearing the shelf) for $1 a package. These will be put in all our suitcases/carry ons as emergency rations.

    I did not buy any prepared foods or mixes for Pesach, so I can't say if any were new and imaginative. I still prefer to make it all from scratch (Having a second kitchen helps).

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      zsero Apr 15, 2012 01:24 PM

      $1 a pack?! That's amazing, but why would it be so steeply discounted? Is it really not as good as the non-Pesach ones? I wouldn't have thought it would be any different.

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        bagelman01 Apr 15, 2012 02:11 PM

        Stop and Shop severely reduces the price of Pesach products they can't integrate into the regular kosher section. So, jarred grfilte fish, borscht, canned soups are not marked down. I cleaned out the 10 large jars of Gefen Natural Apple Sauce at $1 each. Gefen canned pears and manadaron oranges were 50 cents, the Gefen pineapple was 67 cents a can---I bought them all. My favorite Pesach Candy is Barton's Almond Kisses, but IU won't pay $10.99 for a 10 ounce can, but $4 a can on clearance, I bought 4.

        I've never tried the Holy Cow non-Pesach jerke, as I make my own the rest of the year, so I can't compare them. I will say they are peppery (black pepper, not hot). The beef was tough, but the turkey soft and easy to chew.

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          helou Apr 16, 2012 05:09 AM

          In past years I have found that supermarkets frequently reduce everything on the Pesach shelves without real regard to whether or not it's an item they sell all year round. Maybe it's just easier for them than in item by item analysis. I've stocked up on greatly reduced boxes of Shabbos candles, matzoh ball mix, 778 jams, etc.

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            zsero Apr 16, 2012 07:39 AM

            Still, $1 a packet for the jerky is an amazing price. I'm not surprised that bagelman bought it all. I'm just surprised that nobody else did so first!

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        PotatoPuff Apr 15, 2012 03:28 PM

        Peppercorns in a disposable grinder!

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          EmpireState Apr 15, 2012 04:04 PM

          Caffeine free Diet Pepsi

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            AdinaA Apr 16, 2012 04:02 AM

            Queenscook, I am stunned. Pasta for Pesach. From the OU. Stunned.

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              DeisCane Apr 16, 2012 05:30 AM

              I haven't bought them in awhile but manischewitz used to make pesadich egg noodles.

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                AdinaA Apr 16, 2012 06:14 AM

                I never knew that. I've only seen the potato starch ones.

                Noodles/couscous would be wonderful for keeping small children happily fed on Pesach.

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                  DeisCane Apr 16, 2012 07:32 AM

                  Oh maybe they were potato starch. Still would do the trick if your kids are big into noodles.

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                    AdinaA Apr 16, 2012 08:01 AM

                    Not really, unfortunately. They neither taste nor chew like a real noodle.

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                      DeisCane Apr 16, 2012 08:08 AM

                      Well, if you use them in dishes where the mouthfeel isn't as important (kugel, for example), it might do the trick.

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                        AdinaA Apr 16, 2012 08:29 AM

                        Yes, it probably would.

                        But there are lots of more chowish things to eat on Pesach.

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                          DeisCane Apr 16, 2012 08:35 AM

                          Agreed...but young children are not usually enticed by them. :-)

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                          AmyH Apr 16, 2012 08:41 AM

                          I can attest to the fact that the Passover noodles make a quite decent lokshen kugel. Not quite as good as the rest of the year, but far better than anything made with matzoh.

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                MartyB Apr 16, 2012 05:04 AM

                La Yogurt w/fruit at the bottom @$.50 each KLP.

                Hard pressed to find yogurt chametz during the year at that price!

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                  marissaj Apr 16, 2012 10:29 AM

                  I honestly thought the selection of Pesach goods this year were terrible compared to last year. A lot less Israeli goods (for example, i try not to use canned goods because of BPA- last year I bought Israeli tomato paste in a red plastic BPA-free container-- this year went to four stores and could not find it), a lot less international goods and just a dissapointing selection. Mind you, last year I shopped at Rockland Kosher and this year was the Kollel store, so perhaps that had an impact? Not sure.

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                    DeisCane Apr 16, 2012 10:33 AM

                    I've found there's not a lot of tomato paste in plastic BPA-free this year, period.

                    And I agree with your overall assessment.

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                      marissaj Apr 16, 2012 11:28 AM

                      And of course, the Gefen tomato paste is totally tasteless whereas the Israeli stuff has a terrific flavor.
                      Also, again could just be my area, the stores grossly underestimated what people would buy. My Shoprite was totally sold out of chips, candy and other snack foods by C'H, as was my local Kosher market and other Shoprites and stores we tried on the way upstate to DH's family.

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                      koshergourmetmart Apr 17, 2012 07:34 AM

                      the bpa free ones from israel may only be kosher for passover for kitniyot users-they may have canola oil in them

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                        apathetichell Apr 17, 2012 03:21 PM

                        Marissaj might be talking about the Sadaf branded paste. (http://www.sadaf.com/sadaf-tomato-pas...). I vaguely remember it being BDZ/Kosher For Passover - which would make it Kitniyos free.

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                          marissaj Apr 17, 2012 05:30 PM

                          these are exactly the ones i am talking about :)

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                      zsero Apr 16, 2012 04:23 PM

                      Israeli couscous isn't real pasta in the first place. It's baked, not dried. And it contains nothing but flour and water. That's why this works'; just make it quickly, and clean the machinery every 18 minutes, and it's just like tiny pieces of matzah. Real pasta couldn't be made pesachdik, because it's not baked.

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                        sharonfl Apr 16, 2012 05:14 PM

                        Did you like the couscous mix? I stumbled upon it 1 day before Passover on the Pereg website so it was too late for me. Pereg in general had more interesting things for Passover (spice mixes, etc) so I'm making a note for next year. My most interesting find was Wissotsky had KLP teas in pyramid shaped sachets. Made for a nice hostess gift and a fun addition to the seder (similar to what Lipton makes during the year). I don't know if they were available in stores, but I ordered them from the Wissotsky website.

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                          queenscook Apr 16, 2012 05:59 PM

                          I did like the couscous. I had bought a mix with vegetables in it, which admittedly was just tiny pieces of dehydrated soup mix-type veggies. However, I also added in some golden raisins and something else (that I can't recall at the moment).

                          But it turns out it wasn't only Pereg that had it. I was in a local Waldbaum's today, checking out the discounted post-Pesach stuff, and saw that two other brands also had it (Savion and Streit's). I bought a few for next year (at $1.00 each). I also got a ton of Gold's duck sauce for 87 cents each, because I use it all year (and actually not on Pesach, ironically), and a few other things.

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                            koshergourmetmart Apr 17, 2012 07:33 AM

                            found those tea bags at pomegranate in bklyn

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                            AdinaA Apr 17, 2012 06:54 AM

                            Sabra has tubs of Matboucha, Eggplant Camponata, Turkish salad. It's an easy and healthy way to turn plain dishes like grilled chicken into a nice meal.

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                              AmyH Apr 17, 2012 08:32 AM

                              Oh, that's a great idea! This year was our first time trying Matboucha and it was delicious on a Tam Tam. I'm sure it would be wonderful with some plain chicken.

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