There are different ways to keep Kosher.
Keeping Kosher for Passover means you are supposed to stay away from corn syrup, breads, grains or “anything that contains barley, wheat, rye, oats, and spelt, and is not cooked within 18 minutes after coming in contact with water. No leavening is allowed. This signifies the fact that the Hebrews had no time to let their bread rise as they made a hurried escape from Egypt.” Click here for more info on the rules. Some Jews will scrub down their kitchens completely (ovens, countertops, fridge, shelves, etc) to eliminate any traces of grains. It’s similar to a spring cleaning.
- Certain animals may not be eaten at all. This restriction includes the flesh, organs, eggs and milk of the forbidden animals.
- Of the animals that may be eaten, the birds and mammals must be killed in accordance with Jewish law.
- All blood must be drained from meat and poultry or broiled out of it before it is eaten.
- Certain parts of permitted animals may not be eaten.
- Fruits and vegetables are permitted, but must be inspected for bugs (which cannot be eaten)
- Meat (the flesh of birds and mammals) cannot be eaten with dairy. Fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables and grains can be eaten with either meat or dairy. (According to some views, fish may not be eaten with meat).
- Utensils (including pots and pans and other cooking surfaces) that have come into contact with meat may not be used with dairy, and vice versa. Utensils that have come into contact with non-kosher food may not be used with kosher food. This applies only where the contact occurred while the food was hot.
- Grape products must be made by Jews.
Kat commented on one of my posts and asked if I was up for the challenge to make a Kosher/Passover dish. I must say, challenge accepted. I called up my friend Abby, (yes who’s Jewish) and asked her for some help. I was an idiot and thought it would be a good idea to make latkes. Abby nicely informed me that I probably wouldn’t want to do that since they are traditionally served at Hanukkah.
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- Cover the bottom of a baking sheet with foil. Place full sheet of Matzo on pan. I could only fit two across. Preheat the over to 350 degrees
- Melt butter and brown sugar together in a saucepan. Mixture is ready when it is slightly boiling and coats the back of a spoon.
- Pour brown sugar mixture onto the matzo and then spread evenly.
- Place into over for about 4-5 minutes. Check often because it will burn easily. When it starts to bubble take it out.
- Cover with chocolate chips and place back into oven for 2-3 minute (until they start looking shiny and easy to spread)
- Take baking sheet out and use mini spatula to spread evenly.
- Chop nuts and place on top. (optional)
- Freeze until hard.
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