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Mar 19, 2014 07:33 PM

Stick margarine for pesach this year?

Any chance that "the" margarine manufacturer will produce stick margarine KLP this year or will we only have the brick one.

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  1. i think i've seen mother's sticks for pesach - but it's much cheaper on production lines to do the one pound bars, which is why they're so much more ubiquitous.

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    1. re: ahuva

      I live in San Diego and I'd be thrilled with blocks! Does anyone know where I can get any KP margarine

      1. re: ahuva

        The reason for having only the blocks available is not due to the price. The main reason is that the manufacturer of the sticks did not make a Passover run so they go to another manufacturer but they only make the blocks.

        1. re: chicago maven

          Like I always suspected, there is one and only one manufacturer for the kosher margarine, all the companies we see out there in the kosher marketplaces are really shells and only "produce" labels. Not a comforting thought.

          1. re: MartyB

            What's so "uncomforting" about it?

            1. re: queenscook

              What is uncomforting is to have only one manufacturer. What if for some reason they decide they don't want to produce a kosher run one year? Having a pile of labels bristling with kosher stamps and symbols without having a product in them just wont cut it. One always needs a second source for everything to prevent shortage, price gauging, and in the case of stick margarine, giving consumers what they want.

              1. re: MartyB

                IN 2008, we couldn't get margarine, as I recall! When I go online, it is available in blocks from a company whose name I don't recall. I'm thinking of ordering it from Avi Glatt - does anyone know the company?

                1. re: MartyB

                  That margarine is trans fat (unlike say earth balance) and nobody else wants it anymore. We're 'lucky' to even have it in any form I guess

                  1. re: arifree

                    It's the most basic rule of economics . . . supply and demand. Very few of us want the artery-clogging trans fats, so there is little supply. Most of us use oil (and not cottonseed) for as much as possible. Yes, there are things solid margarine does better, but I've learned to adapt recipes so they are more healthy, and avoid the margarine altogether.

                    1. re: queenscook

                      Well there is KLP coconut oil.

                      And just the other day I noticed an entire stack of frozen rendered lamb fat containers in Aron's Kissena Farms. I can always count on something wacky from AKF...I'm sure it will be great for frying up some chicken feet and beef spleens. :)

                      1. re: arifree

                        laugh if you want to, but at Pardes in Brooklyn I once ate a sweet dessert shortbread shortened with lamb fat and it was heavenly.

                      2. re: queenscook

                        I guess that's why it's so hard to get Flanken. Passover is one week of unhealthy in my home. I think 51 weeks of healthy balances it out. As you say, you can sub in a lot if recipes but some cannot be changed and my guests like their special treats.

                    2. re: MartyB

                      It's a kitniyot issue. There are plenty of manufacturers of parve margarine. But they all use soybean oil. Cottonseed oil on the other hand is terrible for you, and starts out as a toxin. The only people who want to use it are ashkenazi Jews on Passover. That's why it's so easy for one manufacturer to be the only supplier, the demand is tiny.

                      Personally I'd love to see the supply disappear completely. It would probably force the masses to demand that kashrut organizations stop treating ktniyot derivatives like ktniyot,

                      1. re: avitrek

                        They do use soy protein as well

                        Anyway, there's so much food available, even for people who keep gebrukts, so I don't think it will be the end of the world if there's no margarine.

            2. According to the OU Passover guide, Mother's has stick margarine KFP.


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              1. re: moonlightgraham

                Ah, Mothers, one of the "real" companies, not just a label maker.

                1. re: MartyB

                  Marty...out of town, the standbys like Mother's are what is consistently available. None of this labelling nonsence to put supervision dollars into the hands of a particular sect.

              2. Fairway (Manhattan) has Mother's.

                1. Went to Brachs today and guess what, stick margarine from a company called Deganim. It was made from Palm oil compared to Mothers brick made from Cottonseed oil. Which is healthier, or should I say less unhealthy.

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                  1. re: MartyB

                    Palm Oil is much better. It also has the benefit of being semi-solid naturally so is usable for margarine without need to make it a transfat.