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Mar 18, 2014 07:30 AM

Kosher For Passover Kitnyiot

This year there is a company called Kitny (or Kitne) that has Kosher for Passover Kinyiot products under OU supervision. They have rice cakes, peanut butter, popcorn, techina, chickpeas, and corn kosher for Passover. I think that they may be a division of Manishewitz.

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  1. Wow! That's awesome. We are thinking of doing a sephardic Pesach but we were wondering what was out there! Thanks.

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      Manischewitz launches new Passover products for Sephardic Jews

      FEBRUARY 9, 2014, 11:34 AM
      Manischewitz recently launched a new line of products ahead of Passover with Sephardic Jews in mind.During Passover, Jews abstain from chametz (leavened bread products) by eating matzo, or unleavened bread. Many Jews following traditional Ashkenazi laws and customs also forgo kitniyot (certain grains and legumes), whereas Sephardic Jews do not. For Sephardim, Manischewitz's Kitni line includes products such as canned chickpeas and sweet corn, rice cakes, tahini, peanut butter, popcorn and rice mixes, ranging from $2.99 to $5.69. The line will hit stores beginning today. Products will be available at Fairway, Pathmark, Wegmans and Waldbaum's locations;

      1. There has been an influx of Israeli products over the last few years at the Kosher-centric chain grocery near me. Not sure who's ordering or stocking the shelves but I've been finding lots of kitniyot products interspersed among the standard Pesach stuff (good for some, but a giant pain in the ass for me - and lots of others - as I now have to check labels extra-carefully).

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        1. re: ferret

          The OU does not have an OU-P on kitnyiot products to hopefully make it less confusing.

          1. re: moonlightgraham

            OU certification would help, but these are mostly imported and you have to dig for certifications.

        2. I was just browsing through the OU Passover guide and the list of Kitnyot products is quite long and includes companies other than Manishewitz and Kitny. . it does make it more difficult for those of us that do not use kitnyot..

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          1. re: susiejane

            The irony is that in Israel it is somewhat challenging to find non kitnyiot Passover products, while in the US it was somewhat challenging to find properly certified KFP kitnyiot products.

            1. re: susiejane

              How does it make things more difficult for people who don't eat kitniyot? These are additional products being brought to the market, not replacing previous items.

              1. re: CloggieGirl

                You used to be able to go to a store, grab something kosher for pesach, and assume it was ok. Now you need to look at the package and makes sure it's not kp-kitniyot. Of course people becoming more strict about kitniyot derivatives has also made things more difficult for themselves.

                1. re: avitrek

                  If you lived in Israel it would be even more challenging. The good news is that Kitniyot isn't Hametz.

                  1. re: avitrek

                    At my shul, every year a few weeks before Pesach, the rabbi does an in-the-grocery-store session for kids, to teach them that you cannot just "grab something . . . and assume it is ok." He shows them that things are misshelved all the time, for instance.

                    In addition, all the stores in the area of Queens where I live, post signs all over their stores, reminding everyone that mistakes can be made, and that they should carefully check everything they buy to make sure it is KLP (presumably according to their own standards).

                    I'm all for people taking personal responsibility, especially when it means there is a wider availability of products. When people give up personal responsibility, we get told we need hashgacha on Drano.

                    1. re: avitrek

                      When it comes to Pesach you should never assume. Here's a horror story. Last year I was looking for dates (kosher supermarket I won't name since these dates were front and center, right on the edge of their official K for P section) to make charoses. On the package there was a message under the hechsher in very tiny Hebrew letters: this was NOT for Pesach.

                      How many people would just see the word "Pesach" and used these dates to make chometz charoses I have no idea. I eventually found my kosher for Pesach dates on the bottom shelf of a huge stack of Klein's fruit.

                      Pre-pesach shopping is hard because the stores can sell chometz along with pesachdik and it's all OK since everything is still kosher until Pesach.

                      1. re: arifree

                        Were they pitted? If not, why would a whole fruit be not KFP anyhow? Dates are dried on the trees, aren't they?

                        1. re: DeisCane

                          I'm not sure about dates, but I know with some dried items, flour is used in the drying process. (I'm thinking of middle eastern dried eggplants)

                2. I want to know where to buy these! I bet the kosher store where I live (Pittsburgh, PA) won't carry any of these.