Trip To Handmade Matzah Bakery 2

by Chossid March. 11, 2013 4348 views

Continuation of matzah bakery tour…

We continue our tour here… and the action is about to start, as the dough kneader reaches for a bag of pre-weighed fresh flour.

The maztah must be absolutely unleavened. Fermentation begins just over 18 minutes from the time the flour and water touch each other. Therefore they are kept strictly apart. The entire process, from the time the water and flour mix, till they are removed from the oven is up to 16 minutes in actuality! The freshly drawn well water will be poured onto the flour through one of the two windows seen here. Waiting for the signal to begin…

Opening the flour

Pouring it into the meticulously cleaned bowl, which cannot contain even a trace of a previous dough.

Ready…

Here comes the water…

The extremely speedy mixing begins. I am a semi-professional baker, and could not work at that speed.

Dough being removed to kneading table…

This bakery invented this tool for kneading the matzah dough extremely quickly. It is used around the world.

Rolling into a cylinder, to be cut into portions…

Which will be tossed…

To the women who are waiting to…

start…

rolling the dough.

Several men with long paper covered poles (13 and 26) wait to immediately take the rolled dough…

to be perforated.

There goes the dough again….

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Eiram Marie 8 years, 2 months ago

Fascinating!

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Christa 8 years, 3 months ago

Very interesting sets, these one about the bakery of matzah. Thanks for the extensive information.

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Chossid 8 years, 3 months ago

Replies: During the 8 days of Pesach/Passover, Jews are forbidden to eat or even own any leavened products. Instead we eat matzah. This is how it is made. Most people eat the square, machine made matzah available in most supermarkets at this time of year, but this matzah is preferable. The guys without beards are Russian immigrants, and some younger chassidim, whose beards haven't started to grow yet. To Stefan's question -- simply practicality. Just as very tall or short women sometimes make their kitchen counters higher or lower, this way the people can roll from a comfortable position.

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Stefan Fletcher 8 years, 3 months ago

Your posts are always an education. This is fascinating! Is there any significance in those people all standing on something in No. 15?

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Jacki 8 years, 3 months ago

Very interesting, Leah. I'm curious about the couple of men who do not wear beards...???

8 years, 3 months ago Edited
Moira 8 years, 3 months ago

Looks a complicated procedure I don't know what matzah is either, I suppose some type of flat bread .

8 years, 3 months ago Edited
Abby 8 years, 3 months ago

What a fabulous set and great lesson in matzah making!!!

8 years, 3 months ago Edited
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