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What Is Matzo?

Know Your Ingredients: Matzo

Passover doesn't begin until the end of the month, but it's already impossible to walk into a grocery store and not find products such as matzo crackers, matzo meal, and other items that are kosher for the holiday. But, what exactly is matzo, and why does it play such a crucial role during the Jewish celebration?

Matzo is a bland, cracker-like flatbread made of white plain flour and water. It is the substitute for bread during Passover, a holiday in which Jews refrain from eating bread, leavened products, or the five grains known as barley, spelt, rye, oats, and wheat in any processed form except dry-roasting and as matzo.

There are several different types of matzo (not all of which are kosher for Passover), and a wide variety of applications for the food product. It can be eaten simply as a cracker, used as a pasta substitute in lasagna, or ground to produce coarse or fine matzo meal, which is used to make matzo balls for soup or as a breadcrumb-like binder for kugel and other casseroles. Have you ever had matzo?

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frome frome 5 years
I would be most grateful if someone could read the ingredients and let me know if there is salt or trace of salt in matzo crackers. My husband is due to go into hosp., for radioactive iodine treament and he is on a 2 week diet minus salt, dairy food and all fish. I havent seen these crackers in the supermarket but I would be willing to buy them over the net if someone could assure me that there was no trace of salt. Many thanks
frome frome 5 years
Is there salt in Matzo crackers?
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 6 years
haha I love how non-Jews "love" Matzah - I might if I didn't have to eat it for a week straight! ;-) I like mine with butter and salt, cream cheese and cinnamon, or made into matzah brei, matzah ball soup, or farfel pudding :-)
danizzle danizzle 6 years
passover is coming up...and you are right stardust, all my non-jewish friends love it cause they dont eat it for 8 days straight every year!! things that are DELICIOUS on matzah... cream chesse, butter, nutella i also make matzah pizza - any brand or style tomato sauce w any type of cheese broiled in the oven for 3 mins...YUMMY!
danizzle danizzle 6 years
passover is coming up...and you are right stardust, all my non-jewish friends love it cause they dont eat it for 8 days straight every year!!things that are DELICIOUS on matzah... cream chesse, butter, nutellai also make matzah pizza - any brand or style tomato sauce w any type of cheese broiled in the oven for 3 mins...YUMMY!
Food Food 6 years
There is NOTHING better than a piece of matzo with salted butter slathered across it. Nothing!
xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
Mmmm .. matzoh ball soup, matzoh brei, matzohs and butter and jelly, matzoh candy.... I love matzoh and can't wait to get my big free 5lb box from the supermarket!!My cousins are Jewish (although *very* reform), so I grew up eating them and love it. My roommate, however, whose family is conservative Jewish, laughs at me and says that only non-Jews really like matzohs because they don't have eat them all week for Passover with no break!
xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
Mmmm .. matzoh ball soup, matzoh brei, matzohs and butter and jelly, matzoh candy.... I love matzoh and can't wait to get my big free 5lb box from the supermarket!! My cousins are Jewish (although *very* reform), so I grew up eating them and love it. My roommate, however, whose family is conservative Jewish, laughs at me and says that only non-Jews really like matzohs because they don't have eat them all week for Passover with no break!
Lexy403 Lexy403 6 years
matza is also good done french toast style..let some broken pieces soak in some eggs, a bit of oj, then just pour it all into a butered pan and break it up a little bit and let it cook. Its kind of a scrambled egg meets french toast idea.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 6 years
I always make Matzo Toffee Brittle to bring into the office - matzo that's been soaked with homemade caramel sauce, baked in the oven for a few minutes, covered in chocolate and sprinkled with a little sea salt before broken into pieces. (You can also do it with saltines, but then it's not Passover-friendly.)
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