Trip To Handmade Matzah Bakery 1

by Chossid March. 10, 2013 4187 views

Approaching the bakery, the first thing we saw were the huge containers which hold the grain.

These are not kosher for Passover, and cannot come inside!

My son-in-law makes quite a sizeable order for his community, so he knows Moshe, who will show us around.

Sifting the flour into a barrel.

Temperature control is important, as the flour may not become damp.

Hand grinding for a special order

Scale

Measured whole wheat flour. Actually all “shmurah” matzah (guarded, handmade matzah) is wholewheat to an extent.

The grain must be guarded from getting wet from the moment it is cut. If you are familiar with the story of the Jewish exodus from slavery in Egypt, there was very little time to bake for the sudden trip, so the “bread” was very thin and unleavened. This is what we eat for the 8 days of Pesach / Passover. The term in the Torah is “Ugos matzah” which means that the matzah was (and should be) round, not square.

One of my daughters with her crew…

Remember Shmaya?

This boy may be the child of someone at the matzah bakery. (Yes, boy – we do not cut our boys' hair till they are 3 years old.)

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Eiram Marie 8 years, 2 months ago

Beautiful family:)

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Chossid 8 years, 3 months ago

It is actually VERY clean, because of the strict rules governing the making of matzah, as you will soon see. The matzah is rolled on paper covered tables. Every 18 minutes, the paper is changed. Same for the paper covering the long poles. The rolling pins are cleaned and sanded down in those intervals, and everyone scrubs and dons new aprons. If anything would fall off the table it can not be used.

In addition, BTW, if the matzah has a fold in it it cannot be used, and broken matzahs are sold separately, for non-ceremonial use, which requires whole matzah. Broken pieces can also be used to grind as matzah meal.

8 years, 3 months ago Edited
Dannii L 8 years, 3 months ago

Great set and portraits, I am just about to look at the rest of your matzah factory blogs......

8 years, 3 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 8 years, 3 months ago

A pedagogical trip to all the family.

8 years, 3 months ago Edited
Art Bee 8 years, 3 months ago

You take the greatest family portraits Leah! That is quite a big production going on there. How clean or sterile does a factory like that need to be? I remember you talking about this in another post. Just curious....

8 years, 3 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 8 years, 3 months ago

I love those water-type biscuits - no cholesterol!

8 years, 3 months ago Edited
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