Shmurah Matzah Prices
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March 5, 2023 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm #2171274lakewhutParticipant
I know it’s a nice thing to spend for a mitzvah but the prices of shmurah hand Matzah are getting way out of hand with little restrictions. In London you can find it for £15.50. Why is Matzah $40-50 in NY?March 6, 2023 7:51 am at 7:51 am #2171424zaidy78Participant
Well, you know, the price of eggs have sky rocketed!
🙂March 6, 2023 8:02 am at 8:02 am #2171468ujmParticipant
You can get it for much less.March 6, 2023 9:59 am at 9:59 am #2171483akupermaParticipant
1. If you want to be fancy, you will end up overpaying. If you are not so fancy, shop around.
2. Wheat prices have risen everywhere, something to do with the two of world’s leading grain exporters having a war with each other which reduces the supply.March 6, 2023 10:01 am at 10:01 am #2171494GadolhadorahParticipant
$30-$35/lb for higher end shmurah seems to be the norm this year. Purchase in person if you can rather than online. Last year I made the mistake of ordering for shipment and box didn’t have 3 intact pieces.March 6, 2023 1:25 pm at 1:25 pm #2171585Dr. EParticipant
Many people are “matza snobs” and think that their brand they they have ben used to for all of their life is the ultimate and everything else is inferior. So, they would rather overpay with funds they do not have instead of getting Costco for $16.50/pound or going with machine shmura.March 6, 2023 1:27 pm at 1:27 pm #2171592yaakov doeParticipant
One reason that the prices seem high and there are potential shortages is the closure of the Shatzer bakery. In past years there was inexpensive matzah from the Ukraine which I doubt will be available this year. Don’t wain until erev Pesach to buy as you may be disappointed.
Here’s a link to a Satmar bakery: https://satmarmatzahbakery. com/March 6, 2023 1:47 pm at 1:47 pm #2171604
I have not yet seen prices in regular supermarkets, but I did see them in Costco for $16-17 a pound. I am willing to bet that the other Israeli brand will be comparable prices. I agree with Dr. E. Rethink your matza habits and don’t go with brand x bec. that is what we used (and have overpaid) for generations.
Whatever you buy, stick it in the oven for 5 minutes on 300 and it will taste better than the $50/ pound stuff that was baked on chanuka. I am surprised how few people try this simple trick and just kvetch every year about the taste of their matza.March 6, 2023 1:48 pm at 1:48 pm #2171606GadolhadorahParticipant
Yaakov Doe: Could you explain what is “Rashi Matzoh” at $50/lb and “Erev Pesach Matzah” at $75/lb as advertised on the Satmar website??March 6, 2023 5:03 pm at 5:03 pm #2171613CTRebbeParticipant
It may also be worthwhile for those relying on tzedaka for matza to explore whether using hand matzas for the entire holiday is worth it. Yes, it is a nice chumra if you can afford it but it may not be the best use of tzedaka funds to support a super chumra. I understand that there are shitos that consider machine matzos to be chometz, but if that is not your mesora, it falls into the category of chumra.March 6, 2023 5:04 pm at 5:04 pm #2171615
There is an inyan of using matzah made post chatzos on erev pesach (similar to the Korban which was brought after chatzos)
Litvaks like me aren’t happy with it
For two reasons
You are already past the zman biyur
Two . It has turned into a big moneymaker, and from what I have seen, I think corners are being cut. The last “mitzvah “ matzah I had at a heimish relative was so under done that it was probably chametzMarch 6, 2023 5:07 pm at 5:07 pm #2171628
I’ve tried that (heating them up)
I have tried several “off brand” Israeli and European brands
Even with heating them up, I have found some of them to be comparable with eating frisbees
Maybe they were suitable for putting into soup, but that’s about it
If anybody can give me a specific “off label” brand That not only taste very good/thin but also has a great hechsher , I would sincerely appreciate itMarch 6, 2023 5:07 pm at 5:07 pm #2171632amiricanyeshivishParticipant
Rashi matzo is reichayim shel yad. Erev pesach matzos is self explanatoryMarch 6, 2023 5:08 pm at 5:08 pm #2171616
I also highly doubt that it’s $75 for a pound. It is probably $75 for three matzos
they usually just sell them as a set of 3 for the seder
Has anybody tried the Costco?
If yes, what can you compare it to?
I need very thin matzah
ThanksMarch 9, 2023 4:34 pm at 4:34 pm #2172370takahmamashParticipant
If I buy my shmura matza from my usual source, it will cost me ₪120 for a kilo. If I did the conversions correctly, that works out to $16.80/lb., I think. ($1 = ₪3.57). Unfortunately, I’m not sure I can get it from my regular source this year.March 9, 2023 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm #2172493
Maybe cheaper matzah:
– during chol hamoed
– in Ukraine, where they struggle to ship out grain. Possibly, the most cost-effective way is to bake matzos and then, at the quoted prices, fly it out on F-16.March 19, 2023 11:32 am at 11:32 am #2174751
I did go shopping and yes you can get cheaper matzos. I bought for $13 a pound in brooklyn and I saw that Bingo had for $12.50 a pound. For those who need thin matzos they had those too for $20 a pound. Costco has skvere matzos for about $16.60 a pound. I checked out Monsey and they also had some reaosnably priced matzas with excellent hechsherim. They also had more expensive options, as Dr. E pointed out that the $30-40 per pound are for the “matza snobs” who insist on specific brands.
For those who have not tried the oven trick, it must be done right. Don’t put in a whole pound in one shot. only put in 1-2 matzos on each 9x 13 pan to be sure that the entire surface has exposure to the heat. set oven to 300 and take out after 5-6 minutes. Although it can take some time to freshen up a bunch, I gurantee they will taste better than the $40/pound matzos.March 19, 2023 8:28 pm at 8:28 pm #2174895
One idea is a for a group/shul/community doing a bulk purchase and resale at full price, with funds going to tzedoko. This way everyone feels better about it.March 20, 2023 7:37 am at 7:37 am #2174943
Can you give me the name of that thin bingo matzah
The biggest price tag on matzah this year is $80 a pound from a certain famous Brooklyn bakery (when done as a Chaburah).March 20, 2023 9:18 am at 9:18 am #2174986ujmParticipant
Mentsch1: Can you name that bakery?March 20, 2023 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm #2175241
I am also looking for highest price matza so that I can brag that I have the most expensive one.March 20, 2023 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm #2175245
I don’t remember the thin matza brand in Bingo. I just remember seeing two options and one had a box checked off on the side that said: “thin”. I think it was under the hashgacha of R’ Mordechai Gross shlita in EY. I bought the regular matzas from the same brand last year and they were great (after the oven trick of course). I believe that they went up $1 pound from last year ($11.50 to $12.50).
This year I splurged and bought some of the Badatz Eidah Hachareidis matza for $13/ pound. I can let you know after pesach how they were.
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