Mishnah Berurah Tiferet
The Jersey Shore Orthodox Rabbinate takes pride in once again presenting to our Sephardic Community a comprehensive guide to Passover products. In order to supply the community with up to date information, this is also available on the website: www.jsor.org.
Whenever possible, buy those products that bear a reliable Passover label to be assured that the product has been prepared for the holiday.
All products whether or not they need special supervision should only be used if the package is new and unopened.
NON FOOD PRODUCTS:All Aluminum Foil, Foil tins, Foam, paper and Plastic dishes and cups are acceptable. Cling wrap and wax paper are also fine. Parchment paper: Bakomatic, Master Baker, Reynolds and Kirkland are acceptable without a P.
BabyCereal: Due to information from the Rabbi at the O.U. in charge of Pesach production, Beech Nut Pure rice cereal should notbe used. There is Materna brand from Israel that has supervision, but it is not widely available. Alternatively, may we suggest oneof the following:
1) Cook rice thoroughly and then puree in the blender with formula.
2) Preparing the cereal from ground checked rice.
3) Soak Passover breakfast cereal or crumbled lady fingers in milk or formula and then mash or blend.
4) Try a variety of baby\ hot cereals that are made from finely ground matza meal or potato starch. (see cereals)
Baby Formula:Alsoy; Enfamil; Enfacare; Isomil; Prosobee; Similac LeMehadrin and regular; Nestle Good Start and Next Step- are all acceptable. Additionally, the following store brands are good: Kirkland Signature, CVS, Target, Walgreens and Wegmans brands.
Pediatric Electrolytes: Pedialyte (all flavors), CVS, Shoprite and Walgreens brands.
Must have Kosher for Passover supervision.
The following brands are marked: Glicks and Haddar are KAJp and First Choice, Festive, Gefen and Healthy Time are OUp,
Gerber: Carrots, Green Beans, Peas and Squash are acceptable. Plain OU only.
NOTE:Beech Nut is no longercertified for Kosher for Passover.
Ideally, it isbest to (gasp!) prepare baby food at home using a blender or food processor.
Baking Powder:Gefen, Glicks, Haddar, Lieber’s, Mishpacha and V.I.P. Masters are KFP. Or any that DO NOT list Oat flour in the ingredients.
Baking Soda:(Bicarbonate of Soda) No Passover Supervision necessary. (New box)
Candy and Chocolates:Passover Supervision is necessary for all chocolate candies; likewise, hard sucking candies need supervision because they are often coated with flour. All must bear special supervision for Pesach.
Beware! Some candies coming out of Israel may contain ‘gelatine’, which may be derived from animal sources! Do not use any candy, even from Israel, without verifying the supervision.
Cereals and Breakfast Foods:All cereals made from the five grains are of course, hames. In addition, many cold cereals such as corn flakes and rice krispies are hamessince malt is added to them. We strongly suggest that even those cereals in which the listed ingredients are 100% kosher for Passover, should not be used asthey are in constant contact with grains that are real hames.
You will find many types in the Supermarket Kosher for Passover aisle. MUST be marked. Most are made from finely ground Matza flour, but some made from Tapioca and are ‘Shehakol’…There are manybrands that offer these breakfast foods: Gefen, Manischewitz and Savion.
Cider Vinegar:Requires supervision, the nutrient may be Hames.
Cocoa:Any 100% pure powder that is made in the USA.
Exception: Hershey’s Special Dark. (not good)
Coconut Milk: Coconut Dream Original OU –no P
Coconut Oil: Cold Pressed, Virgin, un refined coconut oil – any. i.e.. Spectrum Organic, Coconut Secret (no P)
Coconut Shredded needs Passover supervision if sweetened or flavored. Plain unsweetened/unflavored is acceptable.
Coconut Water: VitaCoco Star-KP
Coconut Secret Brand: Star-K (No P ) Aminos, Crystals, Flour, Nectar, and Vinegar.
Coconut Chips and Flour: The following brands are acceptable: Aunt Patty’s, Cocozia and Epicurex.
Instant –In former years, most instant coffees were acceptable if they were unflavored, this is no longer the case.As a flavor enhancer, malto dextrirn, which may be derived from barley is added. This year, the only brands not requiring a P are:
Tasters Choice brand of regular, unflavoredcoffee
Folgers: Regular and Decaf instant.
Ground, Regular unflavored only:
No chicory or Decaf:The following brands may be used for Pesach (new can) even without special supervision: Chock Full O’Nuts, Duncan Donuts (bagged only), Folgers, Hills Bros., Lavazza, Melitta, Shoprite, Trader Joe’s & Wegmans.
Maxwell House Ground and Instant (with OKP only) Elite Turkish Coffee (O.U.-P.)
K-cups for Keurig Machines:are recommended when bearing the OU Reg (not decaf) Unflavored only!
Note: The machine may be used after thoroughly cleaning all parts and running 2x without a k-cup, hold cup up to spout and discard hot water.
Nespresso:Nespresso Classic NC, Professional NP, Vertuo.
Decaffeinated: Acceptable without a P: Brooklyn Coffee House, Ellis, Parker House and White House brands.
All Other Decaffeinated coffee must be marked for Passover.Sanka (with OK-P), Maxwell House Decaf varieties (with OK-P); Gevalia,
Flavored coffeesare notacceptable for Passover use.
Coffee substitutes: Postum, Roma or Teeccino contain grain and may not be used for Pesach. Any leftovers of these brands must be sold with the Hames.
Coffee Creamer:must be marked for Passover: Gefen, Kineret, Mishpacha, Ungers. KP
Cooking Spray:Pompeian Avocado Oil or Grapeseed Oil. Star-K (no P required) All others Must be marked!BEWARE!This is a frequent mistake. Gefen, Glick’s, Mothers, Seasons and Mishpacha, (OU-P).
Milk:It is preferable to purchase kosher milk with Passover supervision for Pesach, but one may buy regular milk for the holiday, if purchased before Pesach. In addition to the Chalav Yisrael brands, many supermarket brands are marked Kosher for Passover milk available throughout the holiday. Only marked milk should be purchased during the holiday, since the dairy adds vitamins to the milk and also may process chocolate milk that contains malt (hames) on the same equipment.
Please note!OU-P designation does not meanthat the product is Chalav Yisrael.
Lactaid drops and caplets are not kosher for Pesach. Lactaid milk may be used only when purchased before the Holiday. Ask your Rabbi for additional information.
Chocolate Milk:Requires Passover supervision as the flavoring may contain Hames.
Powdered Milk:Ko-Sure Star-K-P; Parmalat Kof KP. Haddar, Dairymen OUP Alba, Carnation OU
Hot Cocoa mix:Haddar, Kojel KP (must be marked)
Butter\Cheeses\Creams\Yogurts:All require special Passover supervision as the cultures, flavorings and coloring may contain Hames.
Butter:with the Kosher for Passover mark are Breakstone’s, Pathmark, Penn Maid and Shoprite.
Chalav Yisrael:Devash, J&J, Kahal, Mehadrin, Morning Select and Pride of the Farm.
Cream Cheesemust be marked KFP. J&J, Temptee, Foodtown, Pathmark, Shoprite, just to name a few.
Yogurt must have supervision. Many varieties are readily available. Dannon made this year for Pesach OU-P BEWAREthere are many varieties with a plain K, that are not kosher(they contain beef gelatin that is not from a kosher source!) LOOK CAREFULLY!
Non Dairy Creamers: OU-P: Kineret, Mishpacha; Star – K P: Unger’s
MILK SUBSTITUTES:some brands or varieties of the milk alternatives are not recommended for Passover use, as they have questionable ingredients. However, many varieties are available this year. Visit www.crcweb.org for an extensive list. Purchase before Passover: – These brands and only these varieties. All others may actually contain hames!
Almond Milk:ALL ORIGINAL not flavored:365 Everyday Value, Almond Breeze Original, Natures Place, Shoprite, Silk and Winn Dixie (NO P needed).
Liebers (Reg & Vanilla OUP)
Coconut Milk:Coconut Dream Original. OU (No P)
Soymilks-Original variety only!365 Everyday Value, Best Choice, Fit & Active, Harvest Farms, Hy-Vee, Natures Place, Nature’s Promise Organic Original, Shoprite Soy Milk unflavored, Silk, Stop and Shop, Winn-Dixie Organic Original, Soy Dream .
Ricemilk:Original plain variety only!Full Circle, Hy-Vee, Nature’s Place, Market Basket Enriched, Nature’s Place, Price Chopper Enriched, Rice Dream, Wild Harvest Enriched.
DETERGENTS AND CLEANSERS:All varieties of detergents both liquid and powdered do not requireKosher for Passover certification. For those who are interested: According to the OU directory, the following dish detergents may be used without the OU-P: Ajax, Dawn, Ivory, Joy and Palmolive.
Dishwasher Detergent:Palmolive, Sunlight Powder, Cascade, Finish Powdered Dish Washer detergent.
EGGS:Some have the custom to purchase before the holiday. This is not Halacha, just a custom (Ashkenaz).
Egg substitute:Kinnert OUP; Healthy Morn OUP
All fresh fruits are acceptable. Precut fruits:marked only
Star-KP: Delmonte, Cantaloupe, Fruit Bowl, Fruit Party Tray, Fruit Snack Tray, Honeydew, and Melon Medley.
Canned Fruits:may use a hames enzyme to clarify the juice that is used to pack the fruit, therefore use only with Kosher for Passover marking.
Unsweetened Frozen Fruits:are acceptable with no additives or grape juice. Insect prone varieties such as strawberries must have
a year round kosher supervision.
Dried Fruits:Most must be marked Kosher for Pesach unless listed below. Readily available are: Mariani OU-P, and Setton Farms OK-P. Trader Joe (no P) Bing Cherries, Fancy Dried Nectarines and Pears; Gocmez, Happy and Sunny Fruit Apricots Star K (no P).
Dates:The following varieties may be purchased even without a mark: (They are certified- just not marked): California Whole Medjul Dates: Desert Valley, Royal Medjool, Sun Garden.
Regular variety: Calavo*, Sunworld* and Sun Glow* brands Pitted and whole.
Available with supervision: Carmel Natural OU-P, Setton Farms: OK-P; Sun World pitted OUP; Yum Tee - OU-P;
Dried, rolled dates present a special problem for Passover since they are rolled in oats!
Note: all dates must be split open and checked for insects, which can be quite common.
A date paste is being imported from Israel that is reliably certified for Passover by OU P & Chug Chatam Sofer.
Raisins:Berkley & Jenson, Dole, Delmonte, Shoprite and Trader Joe’s are acceptable with just a plain OU.
**May we remind you, banana chipsrequire kosher supervision for year round use as they are sometimes fried in the same oil as unkosher cheese. They are not recommended for Passover use.
FISH:Canned Tuna and Salmon: The hydrolyzed protein in tuna may contain Hames. Kosher for Passover tuna is readily available: Star-KP: BenZ’s, California Delight (Bishul Yisrael for Sephardim).
With the OU-P: Dagim, Gefen, Glick’s, Mishpacha, Shoprite and Season.
Frozen Fish Fillets*: Benz, Kirkland Atlantic Salmon & Wild Salmon, OU (rinse) Dagim, Kinnert, Schindler.
Breaded:Dr. Praegers OUP Breaded Fish sticks.
*NOTE:All fresh and frozen fishes must be washed well before cooking.
GLUTEN FREE Products:as the gluten free demand has increased, there are many types of cakes, cookies, crackers and even ‘matza look alikes’ that are produced for Passover. The Beracha for these items is Shehakol.
Many have asked about the acceptability of year round gluten free products. The answer is NO. Gluten free means that it is free of the gluten aspect of the grain, however some grains, such as oats, are naturally gluten free, but they are 100% HAMES.
See the expanded Coconut and ground nut sections.
GRAINS- Kitniyot:Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Chia Seeds, Flax Seed and Hemp Seed: Whole only
May be used after checkingfor other grains.
GRAPE LEAVES:The Orlando brand was sold to Yergat. The new owners changed supervision again last year and they are now OK certified, but not all jars are Passover approved!! You must check each jar if it states KOSHER for Passover.
IMPORTANT : NOTALL JARS ARE OK-P!!
Other brands of grape leaves are preserved in brine, which may contain hames vinegar or may have citric acid from a hames origin.
Please note! It is very important that all grape leaves be washed carefully. Inspect each leaf on both sides.
HONEY:Due to late-breaking information from Kashrus Magazine, we are recommending that even pure honey be supervised year-round and for Passover. Many varieties are available. “Pure” honey from Turkey and from China was found to have NO HONEY AT ALL,just glucose, flavoring and added ingredients!
All juices need special Passover certification as the enzymes and clarifying agents may be hames.
Available with certification are: Ceres, Eden, Gefen, Glick’s, Hadar, Kedem, Kirkland, Mishpacha, Mrs.Adlers, Nature’s Own, Rashi, & Shoprite.
Apple Juice& Apple juice concentrate must be marked.
Lemon Juice:Realemon liquid lemon juice and lime juice are acceptable without a special marking. Other brands require Passover Supervision.
Shoprite and Stop and Shop are OUP.
Orange and White Grapefruit:any brand frozenunsweetened, grade A concentrate is acceptable.
All refrigerated containers must have Passover supervision. Some pure juices may be actual Hames, as bran may be used to filter the juice. Tropicana Orange juice with OKP only.
Prune Juice – Gefen and Sunsweet KFP
LIQUORSin the last few years they have presented a new
problem – Alcohol derived from wine is being used in production of liquors and cordials. This is completely separate from the issue of whether the liquors contain non-kosher wine. There are several varieties available that are marked Kosher for Pesach: Bartenura, Ashkelon, Zachlawai, and Carmel Arak are acceptable.
OUP: The following brands produce different types of Vermouth, Vodka and Cordials: Bartenura, Binyamina, Carmel, Kedem, Sabra and Slibovitz. Zachlawai premium Vodka in many flavors that are OUP.
NOTE: Chopin Potato Vodka is not recommended. Zachlawi has a KP Potato Vodka.
MARGARINE:Many margarines use starch in their flavoring making Passover supervision necessary. Mother’s (OU-P).
MARSHMALLOWS:The Pesach market is inundated with marshmallows that are labeled “Kosher for Passover”. Many of these contain gelatin which is made from non-Kosher animal sources. It is vital that all labels are read before purchasing any products containing marshmallow. The OU, Kof K, Star K, and OK do not permit the use of gelatin from non-kosher sources. OUP: many brands have made a special Passover production.
MASSA (Matza):One must be alert that the matza for year- round use is hames, and it is marked “not for Passover use”. Caution:many places may return items from previous years to the shelf, it is imperative to check all matza products, cake mixes and spices for freshness. Old products have been found to contain insects and larvae!! Check carefully for a product code stating year of production. Lacking that information, the products must be inspected thoroughly!
Acceptable only when marked kosher for Passoverare: Chicago Shmura; Haddar; Glick’s; Aviv; Carmel; Gefen; Geula; Goodman, Holyland; Horowitz Margaretten, Manischewitz, Osem, Rishon Lezion, Savion, Streits, Yarden, Yehuda & Yonovsky.
For those with wheat allergies, Oat andSpelt matza is also available by special order.
It is recommended to use Matza Shemura for the Seder.
MAYONNAISE, Ketchup, and Mustard:
According to knowledgeable people in the Kashrut world, one should avoid the use of any product containing vinegar evenif the company assures that the vinegar used is not of grain origin. We therefore recommend that all mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard, etc., should have proper Passover supervision.
Ketchup: OU-P: Blanchard & Blanchard, Gefen; Haddar; Manischewitz, Rokeach, Savion; Star K- P: Eden.
Mayonnaise:OU-P: Gefen, Glick’s, Manischewitz; Mishpacha, Benz’s, Unger’s Star K-P; Haddar.
Mustard:(artitfical): Blanchard & Blanchard, Savion OUP
Milk: See Dairy
NOODLES:Gefen, Flaum Appetizing, Frankels and Manischewitz OU-P
Miracle Noodle is acceptable with OUP
Hasadeh Rice Noodles Star S-P; see Rice Noodles
NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT:Boost, Ensure- Without Fiber only: (Ensure w/Fiber contains Hames!) Ensure plus, Glucerna 1.0; More varieties at www. OUKOSHER.org
MEATS AND POULTRY:All brands of raw poultry are kosher for Passover year-round. After your butcher “koshers” for Pesach, all raw varieties of meat, cut chicken and veal are acceptable. This year several companies have expanded greatly the selection of deli and prepared products for the holiday.
Empire raw turkey burgers are acceptable only with the OU-P.
NUTS:Raw nuts, without additives are all acceptable for Passover. If the bag states that it is made on the same equipment as wheat, it should not be used. Exception: Kirkland Walnuts and Almonds are acceptable (OU).
Note: Midget Pecans and pecan pieces (even raw) require a reliable KF-P supervision. Due to insect infestation they are washed in grain alcohol.
NUTS AND SEEDS(Roasted) NEED PASSOVER SUPERVISION Star S-P: Settons Bizr, peanuts.
OU Kitniyot: Neptune brand, Kitni Brand Popcorn (for those that eat corn)
OILS:Since all major Kashrut organizations in the USA are geared to Ashkenazic customs they supervise only non-legume based oils. Available are: OU-P: Gefen, Mishpacha, Nutola, Rokeach;
Grapeseed Oil: Bartenura OUP
Kof-KP: Hain Oils
Sephardimwhose custom it is to use soybeansand cornmay use any certified kosher for year round use brand of pure corn, canola or soybean or vegetable oils such as: Mazola or Wesson.
Some manufacturers (such as Kirkland\Costco) have added ‘citric acid’ to someof their oil. Although this ingredient is usually extracted from corn, it can be made from a chametz source, therefore we do not recommend any oil containing this ingredient as we have no verification of the source of the citric acid.
Extra Virgin Pure Olive Oil.May be used w\out P.
New container only for all oils.
PARCHMENT PAPER:Many approved without a P: Great Value, Kirkland, Master Baker, Reynolds, Wilton.
B&E also sells an approved variety.
PASTA & PIZZA!Special Kosher for Passover made either from Matza meal or Potato starch: Dayeinu, and Frankels, Macabee and Manischewitz. OUP
PEANUT BUTTER:Kitni OU Kitniyot (for those who eat peanuts) IMPORTANT: Fresh Direct brand was mislabeled as OK-P, in reality it is OK Parve, and not recommended for Passover.
PET FOODS:Fish food often contains meat and milk ingredients and is forbidden for use the entire year. Most pet foods contain Hames. Since we are forbidden to derive any benefit from Hames, we may not feed any pets those varieties that contain hames ingredients. Krill fish food is permitted. Alfalfa, sunflower seeds, split corn or millet are recommended for feeding birds. Bird Jungle sells a mixture for Passover (no kidding!) There are brands of cat and dog food that are available that do not have hames or the prohibited mixture of meat and milk. A detailed list can be found at www.star-k.org. Or at
PICKLES: Need Passover supervision. Batampte, Flaum, Gefen, Gilboa – Beit Hashita, Kvuzat Yavne, Manischewitz and Osem, Schorr’s are all OU-P. Unger’s Star K-P.
POTATO CHIPS:Passover certification necessary, with the OU-P: Bloom’s, Herr’s, Manischewitz and Utz Potato chips. Also KFP: Lieber’s.
QUINOA: Ancient Harvest Brand: White, Red. Or Tri-color Star-K (no P necessary) only with Best buy dates between 2/21/19-2/28/19
Due to reports of Chametz mixed in, use the following only marked with KP:
Star KP: Setton Farms
Natural Earth Products
OU-P: Pereg brand; Goolbaums
Sugat Quinoa from Israel.
Quinoa Flour needs to be marked OUP (Pereg available)
RICE:The staple of the Sephardic Passover diet is Rice. It is the #1 question. Which rice is good?
Most supermarket brands of rice are enriched. The enrichmentis diluted with starch in order to distribute it evenly on the rice. This can be a corn, rice or a wheat starch base. Unlike for the past 25 years, we no longer have access to the detailed information about the enrichment processing ingredients, and therefore…
We do not recommend enriched rice.
It has been our custom throughout the generations to check all rice three times before Pesach. While in Arkansas, I was informed that the crops are rotated yearly, and that it is very common to find grain in rice fields. Although there is equipment to remove any non-rice pieces, it is not 100 % effective. Please be advised that every year grains are found in the rice, check carefully.
Rice Cakes and Mixes: Kitni OU Kitniyot
Rice Crackers and Crumbs: Konniko Star S-P
White Rice:Any unenrichedor organic rice is acceptable. The following brands are acceptable:
*Star-SP has made a special run of certified unenriched Carolina. It is not pre checked.Please check 3x according to our custom!
*Super Lucky Elephant brand (Star K) available at Walmart or Costco (sold as Kirkland Brand )
*Goya Jasmine and Goya Basmati (London Bais Din)
*Vee-Pee Jasmine (LBD)
*Sugat brand from Israel.
* Kitni OU Kitniyot (rice mix)
*3 Elephant Brand (be careful!! There are different “Elephant brands! Some are enriched)
*Dynasty brand Jasmine (not enriched)
Medium/Short grain:Nishiki, KoKuho Rose and Cal Rose brands are also enrichment free. They can be found at Wegmans and most Oriental stores. Lundberg’s Organic (not mixes)
Brown Rice:Any brand without additives.
Basmati:Deer Brand, Himalayim Pride, Goya, Royal or any unenriched. (Often sold in a burlap bag)
Pure wild Rice:(looks like short black sticks is acceptable without a marking: it is from the grass family, not a legume at all.
SALT:Regular (Pure) and Coarse salt are permitted for Passover use without special supervision.
Check that dextrose and Polysorbates are notin the ingredients.
Pink Salt:Himalayan and Peruvian varieties acceptable if pure, no additives.
Salt substitute:Freeda Free Salt, No Salt or Spice of Life No Salt\No Sugar must have KP marking.
SELTZERS:Any unflavored seltzer with KP certification is acceptable.
Flavored Seltzerscertified OU-P: America’s Choice, Giant, Shoprite brands, Stop and Shop, Syfo.
SODAS:Sodas musthave Kosher for Passover certification due to possible Hames in the flavoring base. Many varieties are readily available. 2 liter and cans Coca Cola Classic & Diet Coke, Sprite: must have the OU-P on the cap (yellow cap).
Dr Browns (Kof K P)
Pepsi products must bear a Kof KP on the cap
Florida: Kosher for Pesach bottles marked with ORB P
SOUP MIXES:Beware containers bearing a “P” are often identical to the year-round variety!
SOY FOODS:while actual soybeans are permissible for most Sephardim, products made of soy, such as soy sauce, TVP and tofu and are forbidden. These products are made through extraction methods that use grain alcohol in the processing of the soybeans.
SPECIAL FOR SEPHARDIM: KITNIYOT WITH A PASSOVER MARK! Follow your family custom which legumes to eat! Even in the community there are different customs.
*Canned Goods: California Delight Baby corn and Kernel Corn Star S-P
*Yerek Brand Frozen Vegetables: Green beans, Cut Beans, French Cut Gren Beans, Green Peas, Peas & Carrots, cut corn, Mixed Vegetables, Baby Lima Beans.
*Pikante Salads Star S-P: Large variety of prepared salads and dips.
*Chocolate: Ferrero Brand Nutella Spread OU Kitniyot
*Kinder Chocolate (only when made in Italy and bearing OU Kitniyot)
*KitniProducts (owned by Maneshewitz): OU Kitniyot: many products such as:
Chick peas, Corn, Lentil and Rice mix, Rice Cakes, Peanut butter, Papouchado cookies, Bamba
SUGAR:Any pure whitegranulated cane sugar may be purchased for Passover as long as dextrose or glucoseare not listed in the ingredients. These may be derived from barley or wheat! Domino brand –OKP
Raw Sugar: C&H Hawaiian Raw Cane Sugar.
Palm Sugar:Sweet Tree Coconut Palm Sugar (Earth Kosher No P req.) Coconuts Secrets Crystals.
Confectioner’s Sugardoes contain 3% corn starch but according to some Sephardic customs,maybe permissible for Pesach. Only sugar and cornstarch allowed! According to one Passover publication, they found that C&H brand contains wheat starch. It is therefore our advice that you should only use a marked brand, since it is impossible to make sure that there is no mixing of Chames. (chas v’shalom) Canadian Confectioner Sugaris also not permissible as it contains wheat starch instead of corn starch.
There are several varieties of Confectioners’ sugar without corn starch: OUP: Mishpacha and KAJ-P: Haddar brand.
Vanilla Sugar:may contain grain alcohol and therefore, Passover supervision is required.
Brown Sugar:C&H, Dixie, Shoprite, Winn Dixie and Wholesome foods Organic Cane Sugar may be used without a P.
Domino and Brownulated Needs OK-P.
SWEETENERS:OU-P: Gefen, Nutra Taste Gold Zero Paskez Sweetie (Badatz) and Liebers (KFP)
Equal & Splenda:are notrecommended for Sephardim by the OU. California Delight made a Sucralose equivalent called Sucralis. It is Star K-P.
Steviamust be marked KP (no known on the market)
Agave Nectar:(a natural sweetener) must be marked: OUP;Goya OKP,Health Garden Brand OKP, Maretai OKP and Trader Joe OK-P
Xylitol:Healthy Garden OUP
SUSHI NORI:Mizrach u’Maariv Star K-P
TEAS:Any unflavored, non-herbal regular tea bags are acceptable without special KFP: Green and White teas need to be marked.
Due to a hames ingredient used in the decaf process, decaf varieties should be used only with supervision: (Salada Caffeine free is Hames)
Exception: Lipton Decaf and Swee-touch-Ne 97% Decaf may be used without an OU-P.
Instant Tea:Nestea Instant unflavored only. Regular only. No KP needed. (NOT DECAF)
Herbal Teas:Need to bemarked: OU-P: Bigelow, Sweet-Touch-Nee: Herbal and Wissotzky- many varieties.
Tomato Paste and Sauce:Passover supervision required.
Due to flavored varieties of paste and sauce now being produced, the OK laboratories inform us that tomato products must have proper Pesach supervision. Mishpacha, Gefen, Glick’s, Haddar, Lieber’s and Unger’s – all with KFP certification.
Note:Throughout the year, Tomato products should only be used with a known reliable supervision, it has been discovered that certain packers of tomato products were producing tomato with (non-kosher) romano cheese sauce and then producing the crushed tomatoes, with no cleaning in between! Understandably this is not acceptable.
TUNA: See Fish
Dried Beans: May be used according to custom. Must be checked Three times before Pesach.
Also check for insects, especially in black eyed peas.
Frozen:Several years ago, a new lighter cuisine heralded the introduction of frozen pasta and vegetable mixtures. Vegetable companies blanch veggies and pasta blends together, and then use the same equipment for plain vegetables. Some companies purchase processed vegetables from another source and put their own label on the package. Codes provided by the companies proved inaccurate, and the informationwas confusing.
We highly recommend the use of fresh vegetables, despite the convenience of the frozen.
The most important of all,peas and beanswill again be available for the Sephardic Community.
Star S-P: Yerek Brand Peas, Green Beans, Mixed Vegetables, Lima Beans, Cut Corn.
There are several Israeli brands that are also marked Kosher for Passover for Ochlei Kitniyot.
Several companies made other frozen vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, which are properly checked for insects and for Pesach.
Within the Sephardic Community, there are varied customs as to the use of dried beans, chick peas, techina and corn. Consult your Rabbi for further information. If you are certain that it is your custom, theseshould be checked to insure that no grains are mixed in.
Dried Eggplant:These are imported from Turkey, where they are collected from different villages. The importer informed us that the local women scoop them out, hang them to dry, and then tie them instring. In the event that there is a rush to get them dried out, flouris put inside to draw out the moisture! Understandably, we cannot recommend these for Passover. Japanese eggplant are a fine alternative, they are very long and slender, and can be easily cut in half and scooped out.
Pre-washed Salad:Some brands use citric acid in the rinse water to balance the ph (to prevent wilting), and are not recommended.
Unlike in previous years, ALL STAR K marked brands may be used only with a Passover mark.
Several Brands from Israel and the US provide insect free lettuce
Bodek, Pos’tiv and Fresh Express must be used with Passover certification.
Note:we received information about bad batches of California and Mexican grown produce that was infested! Buyer beware! Buy only top quality looking produce and even if it is marked–
All Romaine must be washed and checked for insects!
Small flies are attracted to lettuce, even if it is grown hydroponically. (The ones from Israel state clearly that the producedoes not need inspection, but it must be rinsed.)
If you are using the unsupervised lettuce, please contact your Rabbi for direction how to properly check for insects. Alternatively, our article: The fruit & vegetable inspection guidecan be found at www.checkvegetables.com Other websites also contain clips of how to inspect different produce and what the different insects look like. (star-K.org, crcweb.org)
Peeled Vegetables:Garlic cloves: Spice World Star-K (No P) Baby Carrots: Without additives such as: Bugs Bunny, Grimway Farms, Delmonte, Wegmans or Lancaster.
Canned Vegetables:Need supervision: the following companies produce reliably supervised products: California Delight, Glick’s, Gefen, Haddar, Mishpacha, Season and Shoprite,Unger’s: KP only for all! Star S-P for Sephardim: California Delight baby corn, Whole kernel corn.
VEGGIE WASH:Many brands are Hames, However, Sereli or Fit Brand are acceptable with Plain OU.
WHIPPED TOPPING:Kinnert certified OU-P. Ungar brand Star-KP.
Whiskeys and Beersand many liqueurs are Hames and may not be consumed on Passover. They must be sold to a non-Jew through the Rabbi before Pesach. See the www.crcweb.org alert section for some important information regarding bourbons and Whiskies that are manufactured at Jewish own factories who do not sell their hames!
WINE:Please note some varieties of Manischewitz wine are not kosher for Passover. Check all wines – Be certain that all are certified Kosher for Passover.
Two other issues with wine are:
Non Mevushal Wines
Although preferable to use for the four cups, care must be taken that opened bottles are not touched by non-Jews. In a place that this is difficult, it may be preferable to use Yayin Mevushal, literally cooked wine. Consult your Rabbi.
Fruit Wines: Wine varieties that are made from other fruits, such as peaches, may have a question if the Beracha is Hagefen, making them unacceptable for the Seder. Usually, the proper blessing will be stated on the back of the bottle.