Kosher KApers Volume 12

Thursday April 14, 2011

Take a deep breath, ’cause it’s fair to say that this week, in the lead up to Pesach 5771, it truly is all systems-a-go-go - from the cleaning to the kashering to the finalising of seder menus, this is one intense week.

Truth be told, we can’t help you with the vacuuming or sweeping, fear not! We can assist with something just as important, a topic that we live and breathe. Yes, we can talk kosher le Pesach food till … well, till the entire Haggadah has been recited and beyond!

Let’s begin with Krinsky’s Kosher Supermarket and Liquor Shop, located at 175 Bondi Road. When it comes to purchasing kosher le Pesach items, this iconic kosher store offers an extensive and often unique variety. New this year, and imported exclusively by Krinsky’s, are Manhattan Chocolates (see image below). Featuring an OK-P hechsher okv2[1].gifp, this range includes three pareve nosh boxes: non-pareils (aka good old-fashioned freckles); chocolate-covered marshmallows, and chocolate-covered mint crèmes, all approximately 250 grams.

The kids will love the Chocolate Pops box, effectively an assortment of different-shaped pareve chocolates on thin pop sticks – sensibly designed for little hands (adults would manage too, we are sure smiley.jpg). Or perhaps you would prefer the box of chocolate-covered Tropical Coconut Patties? Lactose free, fun to eat and waiting for you at Krinsky’s!

Owner Dovid Krinsky explains: “we continually strive to offer our valued kosher customers an extensive variety of kosher le Pesach products at competitive prices. We are matching the big supermarkets on many fronts and we are so proud of that.”

Another Krinsky’s exclusive is the Oppenheimer range of sweet treats. Each box is 142 grams and comes in four pareve varieties: chocolate non-pareils; chocolate-covered cherries; chocolate-covered raisins, and chocolate-coated marzipan. Now, you can’t go to a lovely Pesach meal empty-handed, so let’s stay with the chocolate theme for one more minute. Perhaps pick up a box of Moondance Handmade chocolates, available in nougat-coffee; hazelnut-bitter praline, or triple nougat [note: these treats are chalav Yisrael, certified by both (ouv2[1].gifp -Dairy hechsher & Bedatz Zichron Ya’akov hechsher). Or walk in with a Schmerlings Box of Petits Pralines, comprised of pareve Swiss dark chocolate with roasted hazelnut chips ouv2[1].gifp hechsher, or finally, you can’t go wrong with an Elite mini-chocolate assortment box adorned with a festive red ribbon (also chalav Yisroel, ouv2[1].gifp Dairy hechsher). Great gift options to be sure. (Before bringing your gift, don’t forget to double check whether you’re attending a fleishig or milchig meal!)

Perhaps your host has a sophisticated palette? Regardless, wine is a must this chag!smiley.jpgKrinsky’s offer an impressive selection of kosher le Pesach wines at economical prices, including discounts on Yarden red wines; a refined selection of Shiraz, Chardonnay, or Cabernet Merlot from the phenomenal Harkham Windarra Winery, and this year, a new range from Weinstock, featuring Moscato, White, Pink and Red wines (note: Krinsky’s offer a helpful 10% discount when you purchase one dozen bottles, from any range, in any brand).

Krinsky’s is excited to provide kosher le Pesach fruit sorbets by Candy ’n‘ Crème. They also have a comprehensive range of baking products including Confectioners Sugar, produced by Gefen and Lieber’s, and the Domino sugar range, including dark and light brown sugar (see image below). You can even purchase Gefen’s Tapioca Starch for baking and cooking. Searching for a kosher le Pesach non-dairy coffee creamer after that fleishig meal? Look no further than Krinsky’s – stocking two varieties: plain and mocha (see image below).

Another Krinsky’s exclusive is the Lieber’s kosher le Pesach croutons for soups and salad (see image below) in three flavours: onion, paprika and plain. And there is just so much more, pop in and see for yourself! And as this is really the time of year to give to people in need, consider contributing to the Pesach Food Drive run by Krinsky’s in conjunction with Jewish House. There is a large cardboard box outside the front – let’s work together to fill it to the brim!

Just a hop, skip and jump away from our Kashrut Authority HQ is Stark’s Kosher Grocery & Wines, located at 99 Hall Street, Bondi. For owner, Uzi Asben, this year marks his first Pesach at the helm of this well-known establishment – and he is excited, “we understand that this is an expensive time of year and are doing our utmost to ensure our prices are very reasonable and our products are wide-ranging”.

What is so refreshing this year is that so many products cater to those in our community with specific dietary requirements. For example, the entire range of Osem ready-made cakes are gluten-free: chocolate chip; chocolate and coconut; chocolate and chocolate chip, pound cake, and marble cake (see image below), Gefen make a gluten-free cereal, and there are sugar-free biscuits and cake mixes by Lieber’s as well. Yehuda have produced gluten-free matzah and cookies, and Lieber’s have even made gluten-free knaidlach and egg noodles – as has Eskal with their thin and wide gluten-free egg noodles (available at Stark’s and Krinsky’s).

Feel like a milchig meal over Pesach? Stark’s and Krinsky’s stock the full range of Tempo products, including the yoghurts, and Haolam cheeses. Uzi is proud of the kosher le Pesach wines stocked by Stark’s including the Yarden range, and Harkham of course (of which Uzi confided he has diligently sampled!smiley.jpg) Note, Stark’s offer 10% discount per dozen bottles purchased. Coca Cola is available, but should you prefer something a little lighter, consider the Neviot Flavoured Water from Israel available in grape, apple and lemon/lime.

Exclusive to Stark’s this year is the range of disposable silver platters, salad servers and tongs by The Elegant Catering Collection. The name says it all – elegant they are! Feel like presenting your guests with an impressive dessert, but don’t have time to bake from scratch? Try the Coconut or Chocolate Macaroon Pie Shells by Manischewitz, available at Stark’s and Krinsky’s.

If you are on chocolate and wine overload this chag, then perhaps consider a box of tea as a token of your appreciation to your host, or for your own home. Stark’s offer two Wissotzky Tea box options, one featuring an assortment of eight teas with four demitasse sugar sticks; or perhaps purchase their “Magic Tea Box” - a smooth, yet sturdy wooden box, housing eight distinctive teas. Ora’s Organics also have produced a kosher le Pesach box of tea, with tea blends from the Galilee (40 organic tea bags within). There are products-a-plenty at Stark’s and Krinsky’s.

Ron Saltoon from R. Solomon & Co. Pty. Ltd., is proud to inform us that Solomon’s is “the only company producing matzah-based products in Australia. From the milling to the packing, our matzah meal is made under full KA supervision.” Solomon’s kosher le Pesach range is a staple in homes around Australia. Solomon’s Matzah meal comes in course, fine and superfine varieties. Spices and condiments add so much to Pesach cooking, especially Solomon’s crushed chilli, ginger, and garlic. Given the chag we are embarking upon, we can’t overlook the horseradish available in white and red, and the horseradish roots.

Don’t forget to check for our Diamond-KA – Kosher for Passover hechsher (ka logoth.jpg), R. Solomon & Co. Pty. Ltd., produce cottonseed oil available in 750mL and two litre containers, as well as imitation vinegar. Solomon’s also offer a high quality range of nuts, including shelled and ground walnuts, ground almonds, and ground hazelnuts, and also feature fine ground coconut. For kosher le Pesach bakers, these pure and wholesome nut products are akin to manna from heaven – they will certainly add so much depth and deliciousness to your Pesach baking!

Ron continues “Here at Solomon’s, we have a very good working relationship with the KA, and have done so for many years. We mostly liaise with Reverend Amzalak, Reverend Samra, and Rabbi Groner - they are all so helpful and positive.” Solomon’s kosher le Pesach range is available at Krinsky’s, Stark’s, and Grandma Moses, and also at Franklins, Coles and Woolworths supermarkets. You will also find it at Kemeny’s Food & Liquor, Bianca’s Grub Store, and Athena’s Deli in St. Ives.

Thank you for your questions regarding coffee and Pesach. Let’s face it, with all those late nights, no one can deny that enjoying a quality, aromatic coffee wouldn’t be a welcome pick-me-up (not on Yom Tov of course! smiley.jpg). Well, we have good news. If you have a Nespresso coffee machine, using your machine over Pesach is possible, only using the kosher le Pesach Nespresso coffee blends (product of Switzerland) as seen in our Pesach Product Guide – and here’s how!

Firstly, it’s important you thoroughly clean all surfaces and storage containers, then, pop into a Nespresso Boutique to purchase a “Descaling Kit” ($17 for two kits). Descale as per the express instructions, including final rinses, then leave for 24 hours. Then, fill your water container twice and run through your machine twice. Next, your milk warmer needs to be dipped in boiling water, however, if it has its own element, bring water to the boil in it, and over the edges. Finally pour boiling water from the kettle directly over the spout. (Confused in any way? Call 1800 623 033 for Nespresso technical assistance). And voilà - kosher le Pesach coffee! (Note, if your machine is not made by Nespresso, don’t despair, best to call our office on 1300 KASHRUT or 02 9365 2933.)

Also, consider Grandma Moses when stocking up for Pesach, offering a large range of kosher le Pesach products – from chocolates to chips, biscuits and of course, matzah. You can also find Yumi’s American-style kosher le Pesach gefilte fish and even toothbrushes with kosher le Pesach toothpaste inside! Conveniently open until 3pm, erev Pesach, Monday April 18th.

Crunching on matzah is just days away and thus far, we have barely mentioned this timeless, unleavened staple! Of course it’s available at Stark’s and Krinsky’s, and Solomon’s continue to deliver (note: Solomon’s matzah is now manufactured by Aviv in Israel). You should also know that Sydney’s supermarkets are catering to the Jewish community in new and varied ways. Yes, you can purchase many varieties of matzah from Coles, Franklins and Woolworths.

At Franklins, you can pick up Sally Williams kosher le Pesach nougat in three flavours: almond, cranberry/almond, and chocolate. Customer service advisor Thalia Geller, also informs us that Taiglach, Imberlach, and Pletzlach by Selwyn Segal (a foundation for people-in-need) is also available. This year in the frozen section, Franklins also have in stock McCain’s kosher le Pesach Young and Tender Pumpkin Chunks, and Skinny American Fries, in addition to a 500 gram frozen fish fillet by Diamant’s Snoek (with a hechsher from the South African Beth Din,), and so much more. (Note: limited stock available at Pagewood, Rose Bay, and St. Ives).

At Coles, we spoke with Nathan Agius, known internally as a Coles’ kosher champion (one of many). We love that! In addition to matzah, matzah, matzah, Nathan adds that “this year, we have more Kosher for Passover stock than in any previous year, we have many high volume Passover lines as well as matzah, Solomon’s matzah meal is so popular, as well as Tempo cheeses. Coles offer a huge range of kosher le Pesach grocery, frozen, meat, and refrigerated items.” (Coles are also involved with the Pesach Food Drive along with Jewish House). Not to be outdone, Woolworths are also catering to our kosher consumers and are offering Kinor grape juice, matzah, Coca Cola, Gefen macaroons and many more kosher le Pesach products.

Below you will find a table of Krinsky’s and Stark’s opening hours for your convenience. Feel free to print out this Pesach-filled edition of Kosher KApers, enjoy over Yom Tov and share with your family!

From all of us here at the KA Team, including our rabbinic administrator, Rabbi Moshe Gutnick, our president, Baron Revelman, our assistant rabbinic administrator, Rabbi Aaron Groner, the entire KA Board and staff, we sincerely wish you a Chag Pesach Kasher v’Sameach.

Please note, for any last minute halachic Shaalot, please SMS Rabbi Gutnick on 0411 757 372 with your questions.

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KRINSKY’S

OPENING HOURS

Thursday April 14th

8am – 8pm

Friday April 15th

7.30am – 3pm

Sunday April 17th

8am – 5pm

Monday April 18th

(erev Pesach)

7.30am – 3pm

Thursday April 21st

8am – 6pm

Friday April 22nd

9am – 3pm

Sunday April 24th

8am – 3pm

 

 

STARK’S

OPENING HOURS

Thursday April 14th

8am – 9pm

Friday April 15th

7am – 4pm

Sunday April 17th

7am – 12pm

Monday April 18th

(erev Pesach)

6am – 4.30pm

Thursday April 21st

7am – 10pm

Friday April 22nd

6am – 4pm

Sunday April 24th

6am – 4.30pm

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