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Perhaps a little crowdsourcing will help us avoid last minute forgotten items. I try to avoid processed prepackaged Pesach foods, but I still end up with quite a shopping list. Here's my list, what's on yours?

-New sponges
-New toothbrush/toothpaste
-Tin foil (lots)
-KLP soda
-KLP yogurt
-KLP tomato sauce (for endless matzo pizzas)
-KLP spices for said pizzas, including garlic powder and oregano
-Olives

More to come!

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  1. A few years ago I created a spreadsheet of what to buy for pesach which I then modified to reflect what I actually used and their costs. I will see if I can dig it up.

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    1. re: MartyB

      Impressive!!!!

      1. re: MartyB

        You asked for it, 2009 Pesach exported from excell to tab delimited text here goes: Total cost for pesach $638.07

        ==========================================

        Item Unit price Qty Cost
        $638.07

        Charadim Shmura matzo - 4lb to start $18.00 4 $72.00
        Yehudah Matzos - 5lb $6.00 $6.00
        Matzo meal $2.50 $2.50
        Matzo farfel $3.50 $3.50
        Potato starch $2.00 $2.00
        Tuna fish - 2 cans $1.50 2 $3.00
        Gefilta Fish $3.00 4 $12.00
        Gefilta fish loaf $5.00 6 $30.00
        Salmon/Flounder (Costco)
        Chicken $7.00 7 $49.00
        Cutlets $8.00 3 $24.00
        Ground meat $9.00 2 $18.00
        Beef stew $12.00 $12.00
        Turkey $25.00 2 $50.00
        Pastrami (Costco) $10.00 2 $20.00
        Hot dogs $4.30 $4.30
        Liver - 4 pkgs $3.50 4 $14.00
        Kishka $2.80 2 $5.60

        Salt $0.67 $0.67
        Sea salt $1.50 $1.50
        Garlic powder $1.50 $1.50
        Onion Powder $1.50 $1.50
        Paprika $1.50 $1.50
        Cinnamon $1.50 $1.50
        Salad dressing $2.50 2 $5.00
        Onion soup mix $1.50 $1.50
        Chicken soup mix $3.00 $3.00
        Sugar $2.90 $2.90
        Sweet & Low $1.50 2 $3.00
        Jam $2.70 $2.70
        Cranberry sauce $1.50 2 $3.00
        Chicken sauce $1.90 $1.90
        Ketchup $1.50 $1.50
        Horseradish $3.00 $3.00
        Vanilla extract $2.90 $2.90

        Oil $5.00 $5.00
        Olive oil $7.00 $7.00
        Oil spray $2.50 $2.50
        Mayo $3.00 2 $6.00
        Cooking wine $2.50 $2.50
        Cereal $3.00 4 $12.00
        Hot cereal $4.50 $4.50
        Coffee $4.20 $4.20
        Decaf coffee $5.00 $5.00
        Coffee whitener $1.00 7 $7.00
        Coco $4.00 $4.00
        Tea $1.90 3 $5.70
        Borscht - 3 bottles
        Pancake syrup $1.00 $1.00
        Chocolate syrup $2.50 2 $5.00
        Lemon juice - small $2.20 $2.20
        Tomato sauce $0.70 4 $2.80
        Apple sauce $2.50 $2.50
        Noodles $2.50 $2.50

        Potatoes 20lb (Costco) $9.00 $9.00
        Onions 10lb (Costco) $5.00 $5.00
        Romaine lettuce 6 pack (Costco) $3.60 $3.60
        Carrots (Costco?) $1.75 $1.75
        Yams - a few $2.00 $2.00
        Mushrooms $1.00 2 $2.00
        Hearts of palm $2.50 2 $5.00

        Eggs 3 doz (Costco) $4.00 $4.00
        Cottage cheese $3.00 4 $12.00
        Sour cream $2.00 3 $6.00
        Butter $1.50 $1.50
        Margarine $3.50 $3.50
        Margarine - brick $4.00 $4.00
        Milk $2.10 $2.10
        American cheese (have it)
        Orange juice $3.50 $3.50
        Cream cheese $1.50 4 $6.00
        Yogurt $1.30 4 $5.20

        Dish washing liquid $1.50 $1.50
        Cake mixes $2.50 2 $5.00
        Mandarin oranges $0.90 6 $5.40
        Pineapple canned $1.25 3 $3.75
        Cakes $8.00 $8.00
        Apples $6.40 $6.40
        Cantaloupes $5.50 $5.50
        Watermelon $8.00 $8.00
        Tomatoes $3.00 $3.00
        Bananas $1.50 $1.50
        Walnuts $6.00 $6.00
        Sodas $1.00 7 $7.00
        Seltzer (case) $6.00 $6.00
        Ices $5.00 $5.00
        Wines $7.00 6 $42.00

        =============================

        1. re: MartyB

          I find it entertaining that you have meat and matzot in the same section. How many people does all that feed?

          1. re: CloggieGirl

            Don't recall exactly, anywhere between 5 and 7 depending on the meal, i.e. seder vs shabbos vs chol hamoed.

            I wonder what my pesach bill would have been if I went to a hotel? I did not have Yaakov Shwekey in my house, but did play his CDs as well as other Jewish stars like Avraham Fried, Yisroel Williger, and others all on high volume :)

          2. re: MartyB

            Wow!!! Love the list!

            1. re: MartyB

              Chareidim schmurah matzo was $ 32.99 a pound today in Season's . That is a huge increase, even f your spreadsheet is 5 years old. I did not buy it last year, but 2 years ago
              I think it was $22 in Season's.

              1. re: susiejane

                I don't know why this is so hard to believe. It's simple supply vs demand. People prefer chareidim. It sells out quickly and people drive all around looking for it. Assuming chareidim can't increase their supply (because of oven capacity or some reason), then the logical thing to do is increase prices.

                Why sell out quickly at $22 when you can still sell out before pesach at $33. It's econ 101.

                1. re: susiejane

                  While I like the new Seasons very much, the old one was far and away the most expensive option in the 5 Towns. While they are having some rather impressive sale items I would image their base prices are still high. Before I come to the conclusion that Charadim matzos are truly at the astronomical level of $32, I await to hear from our Brooklyn Chowhounders as to what places like KRM charges. If the price difference is great it may pay to do a Brooklyn run for pesach shopping.

            2. My list is similiar:
              -matza
              -mini matza
              -israeli pickles
              -half sour pickles
              -tomato sauce (for okra, string beans, pizza, lasagna)
              -marinara sauce
              - cookies (one package)
              - cashews, almonds
              -raisins, apricots, prunes
              - chocolate covered something (nuts or dried fruit)
              -individual tuna packets

              -frozen cauliflower
              -frozen broccoli
              -frozen okra
              -frozen dr praegers (fishes, broccoli pancakes, potato pancakes)

              -ricotta
              - cottage cheese
              -yogurt
              -Greek yogurt
              -leben
              - shredded mozzarella
              - cheese sticks/string cheese
              - Syrian style string cheese
              - smoked or cheddar cheese
              -fresh mozzarella
              -eggs (a case!)
              -prepared turkey packets

              - potatoes
              -onions
              -spaghetti squash
              -butternut squash
              - cucumbers
              -tomatoes
              -lettuce
              -red onions
              - eggplant
              -zucchini
              -sweet potatoes
              -broccoli
              -cauliflower
              - snap peas
              - fresh spinach and basil (for pesto)
              -

              -cases of foil pans
              - tinfoil
              - cases of plastic cutlery and plates/chips/bowls

              1. Chocolate (for eating and baking)!

                1. Matzah and Morror and Wine. Everything else is superfluous.

                  1. Oh I forgot:
                    -Honey
                    -Butter
                    -ALL OF THE EGGS!

                    1. Potatoes
                      Onions
                      Garlic
                      Tomatoes
                      Cukes
                      Zucchini
                      Carrots
                      Lettuce
                      Apples
                      Kohlrabi
                      Oranges
                      Celery root
                      Peppers
                      Purple onion
                      Parsley root
                      Grapes
                      Kiwis
                      Beets
                      Eggplant
                      Avocados
                      Pears
                      Melons
                      Pink grapefruit
                      Watermelon
                      Strawberries
                      Ginger
                      Eggs
                      Soft Cheese
                      Cottage
                      Hard cheese
                      Yogurt
                      Leben
                      Milk
                      Grape Juice
                      Wine
                      Tea
                      Lemon juice
                      Club soda
                      Apple juice
                      Matzos
                      Canned juice-pack pineapple
                      Pickles
                      Ground almonds
                      Ketchup
                      Tuna
                      Olives
                      American Mayo
                      Soup nuts
                      Nut & olive oil
                      Cocoa
                      Honey
                      Potato chips
                      Pistachios
                      Potato Flour
                      Salt
                      Pepper
                      Cinnamon
                      Coffee
                      Apple Chips
                      Tomato Sauce
                      Apricots
                      Dates
                      Prunes
                      Toothpaste
                      Baking paper
                      Foil
                      napkins
                      Foil pans
                      Sandwich bags
                      Shelf paper
                      Wood matches
                      Dish Detergent
                      Soap
                      Ajax
                      Chickens
                      Ground beef
                      Cold cuts
                      Ground Turkey
                      Other meat
                      Fish

                      4 Replies
                      1. re: almond tree

                        What do you do with the kohlrabi? I have a bunch in my fridge...

                        1. re: cheesecake17

                          Peel it & eat raw with a little salt. Grate with carrots for "cole slaw." Cook chunks in vegetable soup.

                        2. re: almond tree

                          I am curious about the American Mayo. If I am not mistaken, you live in Israel, correct? How bad could the Israeli mayo be if you have to buy the crummy pesach mayo from the US?

                          1. re: EmpireState

                            "American mayo" is my shorthand for "non-kitniyot, which I will have to make a special trip to the other side of town to buy."

                        3. I was so excited that I'd be able to get all of the "dry goods" I would need for pesach from Fresh Direct and it was being delivered tonight. Of course, a glass bottle of grape juice was piled on top of a glass jar of pizza sauce was piled on top of a bottle of wine. The pizza jar broke and the sauce went everywhere. That's what I get for feeling smug about being done with the annoying part of my pesach shopping.

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                          1. re: CloggieGirl

                            Oh noooo. That's awful. Since they packed it poorly did they replace any of the items?

                            1. re: cheesecake17

                              They issued a credit for the broken item within a few hours of my complaint. They're pretty good with that stuff although I would have preferred the sauce have been packed properly to begin with. If I didn't have a delivery pass already, I probably would have pushed for at least a discount on future delivery fees.

                              I keep an eye on their "free delivery" dates because if I enter the code when I check out, I get an extra week on my delivery pass.

                              1. re: CloggieGirl

                                They usually are good about giving credit for issues. I got fed up a few years ago and haven't ordered since

                          2. I arrange my Pesach list along the lines of meals and snacks; i.e. I think about how many we're going to have per meal, and I plan that way. Also, we have a few dairy meals throughout the week, and we also eat kitnyot. We feed a large group throughot the chag, so we spend around $2000. But basically:

                            Machine Shmura Matzah (for the sedarim)
                            Stam Matzah
                            Grape Juice
                            Wine
                            Spirits: Binyamina Limoncello, Kedem Vodka, Sabra, Carmel Brandy, No. 209 Gin, Binyamina Amaretto
                            Coffee
                            Assorted Teas
                            Milk
                            Half & Half
                            Butter
                            Heavy Cream
                            Margarine
                            Almond Milk
                            Nondairy Creamer (Unger's)
                            Rich's Whip
                            Mehadrin Leben and other Yogurts
                            Plain Greek Yogurt
                            Sour Cream
                            Ricotta Cheese (Haolam)
                            Goat Cheese
                            Assorted Cheeses (Mozzarella, Cheddar, Provolone, Emmentaler, Pecorino Romano, Fontina, Cheese Guy Blue Cheese, etc.)
                            Cream Cheese
                            Farmer Cheese/Pot Cheese
                            Lox/Smoked Salmon
                            Pepsi
                            Coke
                            Tropicana OJ
                            Vintage Seltzer
                            Apple Juice
                            A&B Gefilte Fish loaves
                            Frozen Peas (Yerek)
                            Galil Frozen Artichoke Bottoms
                            Blanchard & Blanchard Capers
                            Batampte Pickles
                            Soup Powders (Parve Onion, Chicken, Beef)
                            Manzanilla Olives
                            Roasted Red Peppers
                            Greek Olives
                            Jarred Chrein
                            Mayonnaise
                            Ketchup
                            BBQ Sauce
                            Duck Sauce
                            Teriyaki Sauce
                            Jarred Pizza Sauce (for Pizzas)
                            Crushed Tomatoes
                            Tomato Paste
                            Apricot Jam
                            Strawberry Jam
                            Cherry Preserves
                            Almond Butter
                            Kitni Peanut Butter
                            Sugar and Brown Sugar
                            Balsamic Vinegar
                            EVOO
                            Cooking Oil
                            Red Wine Vinegar
                            Honey
                            Maple Syrup
                            Canned Tuna
                            Spices: (Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Paprika, Red Pepper Flakes, Cinnamon, Oregano, Parsley Flakes, Nutmeg, Allspice, Cumin, Coriander, etc.)
                            Matzah Meal
                            Potato Starch
                            Baking Powder
                            Baking Soda
                            Cake Meal
                            Chopped Nuts
                            Ground Nuts
                            Cocoa Powder
                            Vanilla Extract
                            Almond Extract
                            Orange Extract
                            Lots of High-Quality Chocolate Bars for baking and noshing, parve and dairy (Alprose, Camille Bloch, Schmerling, etc.)
                            30 Dozen Eggs (Yes, all these eggs, since every dessert takes about a dozen eggs, and we like having egg salad throughout the chag).
                            Salmon (for Teriyaki salmon)
                            Tilapia Fillets (for Almond-Crusted Tilapia)
                            Chicken Bottoms (for Baked Chicken)
                            Chicken Breasts for Schnitzel
                            Chicken for Soup
                            Chicken Parts for Frying (for Southern Fried Chicken)
                            around 20 lbs. Ground Beef (for Meatballs, Stuffed Peppers, Stuffed Cabbage, etc.)
                            Turkey Legs, with tendons removed and cut into medallions (for Ossobucco)
                            Veal Cutlets (my special treat)
                            Pot Roast
                            Pepper Steak
                            Gravy Mixes
                            Veal Chops
                            Fillet Steaks
                            around 20 lbs.Beef stew and chulent meat
                            Potatoes
                            Onions
                            Carrots
                            Eggplants
                            Cucumbers
                            Lettuce
                            Horseradish Root
                            Apples
                            Spinach
                            Broccoli
                            Cauliflower
                            Peppers
                            Asparagus
                            Cabbage
                            Tomatoes
                            Red Onions
                            Zucchini
                            Butternut Squash
                            Acorn Squash
                            Italian Squash
                            Parsnips
                            Petrushka
                            Celery
                            Celery Root
                            Dill
                            Parsley
                            Oranges
                            Grapefruit
                            Lemons
                            Limes
                            Mushrooms
                            Chives
                            Scallions
                            Shallots
                            Sweet Potatoes
                            Portabello Mushrooms
                            Dried Mushrooms
                            Corn on the Cob
                            String Beans
                            Fox's U Bet Syrup
                            Basil
                            Tarragon
                            Cilantro
                            Rosemary
                            Thyme
                            Za'atar
                            Dried Beans, Garbanzos, and Lentils
                            Dried Fruits
                            Fancy Nuts
                            Shredded Coconut
                            Rice
                            Quinoa
                            Meat Kishka
                            Parve Kishka
                            Kichel
                            Packaged Cakes, Cookies, and Nosh
                            Refrigerated Salads
                            Pikante Hummus
                            Frozen Nuggets, Kugels, Dr. Pragers, Knishes, Meals (for backup)
                            Klein's Ice Creams (Dairy and Parve)
                            Pastas
                            Noodles
                            Soup Mandlen
                            Salad Dressings (Blanchard and Blanchard)
                            Salsa
                            Avocados
                            Jalapenos
                            Sweet and Low
                            Marsala Wine, White Wine, and Red Wine for cooking (drinkable, but not the high end stuff)
                            Kitni Techina
                            Pereg Spices
                            Apple Sauce
                            Cold Cuts//Deli
                            Franks
                            Potato Chips
                            Bamba
                            Rice Cakes
                            Bissli
                            Hungarian Borscht
                            Bread Crumbs
                            Cake Mixes

                            Aluminum Foil
                            Aluminum Pans
                            Cake Pans
                            Sponges
                            Dishwashing Soap
                            Sink Inserts

                            And I'm sure other things, too.

                            1. Toasted coconut marshmallows. Only time of the year you see them!

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                              1. re: queenscook

                                Haven't seen them yet!!

                                1. re: cheesecake17

                                  I bought my first bag over a month ago. I've gotten them at both Waldbaum's and Fairway in Queens. I've gone through two bags already, and am planning on opening a third soon. I'm clearly going to need more for Pesach itself!

                                  1. re: queenscook

                                    Now I'm deciding if it's worth a trip to fairway for marshmallows!