The Pesach Lists – Shopping List 2013

Shopping for Passover at the shuk

Shopping for Passover at the shuk

My Pesach lists have taken on a life of their own… The funny thing is that I’m not a particularly organized person. But there’s a reason for all of the lists. Years ago, in one of my previous lives as an RN in a hospital in Boca Raton, Florida, I was working the night shift full time and Pesach – along with a pile of company – was rapidly approaching.

One night, at the hospital during my shift, there was a lull in the activity. Frantic about all that needed to be done, and unable to do much about it while sitting at the Pediatrics nurses’ station, I started to make a list. And then another. I made a menu, a shopping list based around the menu and to do lists. When I’d listed everything I could possibly think of, I started looking for recipes. I polled some of the Jewish doctors (oddly there were hardly any Jewish nurses…) and got some to even bring in cookbooks which I photocopied from. (One of our favorite Pesach breakfast items, which we erroneously called ‘Abuelos’ and have made every year since then, came from those photocopies…)

Naturally, the lists change from year to year. Depending upon how many people we are, how the yom tov/chol hamoed days are configured, they’ve certainly changed from the Florida lists to the current Israel lists. But the base remains the same. And I have to say that aside from the cleaning (which I am really lousy at!) Pesach is one of my favorite holidays!

Without further ado, here is my shopping list, based on my 2013 menu:

PANTRY ITEMS:
10 cans tomato sauce
Cranberry sauce
Oil x 3 bottles
Olive oil x 1
Lemon juice
Salt
pepper
Garlic
Paprika
Jelly
Mayonnaise (taaman is ok, agadah is gross!)
Tuna x 14 cans
Coffee – reg
Tea – decaf
Mandarin oranges
Honey
Canned salmon
Ketchup
Potato chips
Cereals (kitniyot for before Pesach & not kitniyot for during)

BAKING:
3 pkg chocolate pudding
6 pkg chocolate chips
Small treats for seder
Vanilla (the real stuff if you can find it!)
Baking powder
Baking soda
Sugar – 4 pkg
Cocoa – large
Cinnamon
Chopped nuts

MATZAH PRODUCTS:
Potato starch 1kilo (need 2c per/double recipe of brownies)
2 pkg matzah farfel
Cake meal – 4 pkg
Matzah meal – 2 pkg
1 case machine matzah + whl wheat
1 kilo whl wht shmura matzah

DAIRY:
Gush chalav cheese (a lot) – (similar to Muenster)
Butter – unsalted – 400 gm (2 big packs)
Gvina levana (I use this to make homemade cream cheese. The best!)
American cheese
String cheese (a lot)
Yogurt
Cottage cheese – 5 packages
Ice cream
Sherbert
Feta cheese
Sour cream (9% shamenet)
5 palettes of eggs

 

CHEAPERKOL – (if I can’t find the following items elsewhere they usually have them there)
Tomato sauce, mandarin oranges, farfel, cranberry sauce, raisins boxes, little applesauce, treats

 

BEEF:
Shankbone (can be a chicken wing or leg)
2 kilo boneless beef chuck
Chicken (for soup) x 2 soups
Turkey breast
Chulent meat
Hotdogs (3 pkg)
Shnitzel (12 portions, divided)
Gefilte fish (3 pkg)
Chopped meat
Deli
PAPER GOODS:
Plates, forks, knives, spoons, cups, bowls (reg & heavy duty )
Napkins
Tin foil – reg and heavy duty
Tin pans – especially for matzah parmigiana and brownies
Square pans
Baking parchment
Shabbos candles (not special for Pesach, I just need a lot for the whole holiday!)
Paper to line cabinets
Disposable containers
Muffin cups (foil)

PRODUCE:
Parsley
Garlic
Onions – tons!
Apples – lots
Pears – lots
Fresh fruit – strawberries, bananas, melon
Leeks
Potatoes
Sweet potatoes – a lot
Tomatoes
Lettuce
Peppers
Scallions
Cukes
Dried fruit

DRINKS:
Juices
Soda
Seltzer
Water

HOUSEHOLD:
Dishsoap x2
Toothpaste
Pledge
Oven cleaner

WINE/GRAPE JUICE
4 lg bottles grape juice
Wine

…And there you have it, folks! I hope it’s helpful! Happy to get your feedback…

About the Author

Laura Ben-David is the author of numerous articles and the book, MOVING UP: An Aliyah Journal, a memoir of her move to Israel. She has done public speaking about Israel and Aliyah all over the United States and Israel. Contact her at laura@aliyahbook.com or follow her tweets at http://www.twitter.com/laurabendavd