The Mitzvah of Making Your Own Matzah

Dear Camp Coleman Families,

Each year during Passover tradition tells us to rid our houses of chametz (items that are not Kosher for Passover) and stock up on Kosher for Passover foods like macaroons, fruits and vegetables, and of course matzah. We all know that matzah can be purchased by the box or case, but did you know that you can actually make your own matzah? Here are some fun facts to keep in mind:

  • It’s a mitzvah (commandment) to eat matzah on the first night of Passover, and making your own matzah can enhance your observance of the mitzvah.
  • When flour and water are mixed together, they only need 18 minutes before the dough begins to rise and the leavening process occurs. This means all of the matzah mixture must begin the heating process in 18 minutes.
  • After the dough has been rolled out, holes are placed in the dough to prevent air bubbles from rising.
  • Because you have a limited amount of time and there’s lots to prepare, it’s best to cook matzah in a team to get everything done quickly (as the Israelites did when they prepared to leave Egypt).

Now that you know some matzah-baking basics, check out this video to see how Nick, Coleman’s Jewish Cooking Specialist, prepares his matzah!

Wishing all of you a wonderful Passover,
The Camp Coleman Year-round Team

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