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Wrap-up Question for those of us who eat hand Matza Shmura

cappucino Apr 23, 2014 07:36 PM

We found this year that the matza we normally order (Montreal Belz) was not as thin and tasty as usual. In general, there seems to be variation no matter which brand of hand Shmura you go with. Am I correct on that or does anyone out there find consistency in texture and taste in their brand of choice (if indeed you have a brand of choice).

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    latke RE: cappucino Apr 23, 2014 07:38 PM

    Chareidim is the thinnest you'll find anywhere, hands down. That said, many in each box are often broken, so plan accordingly.

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      AdinaA RE: latke Apr 24, 2014 03:23 AM

      Chareidim tastes better than machine, although some might say it tastes different, thinner. What is certain is that no one complains that eating it is a hardship and all the broken bits get gobbled up.

    2. queenscook RE: cappucino Apr 23, 2014 08:59 PM

      We are very happy with Shatzer (we get the whole wheat ones, which taste no different than the regular, so far as I am concerned). In the three pounds we went through, there were a couple of pieces that were a bit thicker, but the great majority were thin and crispy. Also, except for the partial piece to make it a complete pound, I don't think there were any broken matzot, certainly not more than one or two among the three boxes (approx. 24 pieces in all).

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        4greatkds RE: queenscook Apr 23, 2014 09:10 PM

        Our 18 pounds of Shatzer was ok. Little bit thick.

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          cappucino RE: 4greatkds Apr 24, 2014 03:46 AM

          Right. We also had the Shatzer Whole Wheat. They were good, but thick. I believe it was the same last year. I don't eat the WW ones, though.

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            CWY RE: cappucino Apr 24, 2014 05:59 PM

            Our whole wheat shatzer was terrible this year. Thick, burnt, and broken.

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              queenscook RE: CWY Apr 24, 2014 06:55 PM

              So odd; ours were perfectly fine.

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          helou RE: queenscook Apr 24, 2014 04:55 AM

          Same experience here. We've been getting the whole wheat ones the past few years and they are indistinguishable from the regular. They were fine. We like them thin, but understand that there may be some variation in a hand made product. I also like them to be a little burnt, and they were.

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            kosherfoodie1226 RE: helou Apr 24, 2014 09:54 AM

            The Lakewood matzo was good , although a little bit thicker than in past years.

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              kosherfoodie1226 RE: kosherfoodie1226 Apr 24, 2014 05:55 PM

              Also, NONE of them were cracked

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          MartyB RE: cappucino Apr 24, 2014 02:42 PM

          Chareidim, hands down! Could not find it in Boca, Lubavitcher was nasty, Shatzer was ok, but a far cry from Chareidim.

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            DebbyT RE: cappucino Apr 24, 2014 02:57 PM

            We use Satmar. Been happy with it for the last 50 years. Going to try to get a box of Chareidim next year for comparison, but any other time we've tried the others, Satmar has won.

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              cappucino RE: DebbyT Apr 24, 2014 03:57 PM

              I guess we should try Chareidim next year. Satmar is not going to happen any time soon for us. We have to draw the line somewhere. No KJ meat/chicken in the house either. Even when it was on sale at Fairway. So Chareidim it is. I also wonder how many of us like it burnt. It seems like a "thing" for many of us.

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              kosherfoodie1226 RE: cappucino Apr 24, 2014 05:57 PM

              We used to get Pupa- Tzeilem, and it was always very thin and crispy, and just enough burnt, we haven't gotten it in a few years, and friends who got it gave us some, and it seemed better than we remembered it.

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                cheesecake17 RE: cappucino Apr 25, 2014 07:42 AM

                My inlaws bought a box of hand shmura matza from Costco. It was very thick and kind of stale. Don't recall the brand but it came in a yellow box

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                  queenscook RE: cheesecake17 Apr 25, 2014 09:48 AM

                  Probably one of the cheap imports. Usually the the locally made, American shmura is far better.

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                    njkosher RE: queenscook Apr 25, 2014 10:48 AM

                    We had multiple kinds this year. We had a couple of boxes of the Ukraine version which we have had before and everyone seems to find OK ($10.99 in Queens).
                    My daughter mistakenly picked up Shapiro's bakery which was sold as 6 Seder Matzo's for $10.99. They were very thick and not really liked. We also had a box of 3 seder matzos from Chabad, which were ok. There was a box of Pupa which were very thin, but only 2 or 3 whole ones from a pound. Finally some Brooklyn brand, that was a little thicker and OK, but again not too many whole ones.
                    We go with Shmura for all of Pesach and generally buy around 10 pounds, using the regular matza for brei, pizza, and lasagna. Everyone seems to like the Ukraine, and Chabad from Israel and being the cheapest does not hurt. I know we all spend a lot on Pesach, I just cannot see spending close to $300 on shmurah.

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                    susiejane RE: cheesecake17 Apr 25, 2014 12:23 PM

                    Costco sold Holyland this year and last. it does not compare with the others but is cheap.

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                      cappucino RE: susiejane Apr 25, 2014 12:52 PM

                      Wow. 10.99. We paid 20.99 for 1 lb.

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                    Southern Belle RE: cappucino May 15, 2014 02:56 PM

                    Chareidim is thinner than any I have tried - even thinner than pupa and so easy to digest. It is worth buying for seder nights at least. And out of 3 pounds all of ours were shaleim! We popped inwhile in brooklyn fore a simcha anyway about 6 weeeks before pesach and it was still fresh.

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