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All about matzo

This story was originally titled "All About Matzo" in the May 2009 issue. Subscribe to Canadian Living today and never miss an issue!

The main focus of the eight-day Jewish holiday of Passover is the Seder, a meal during which the story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt is told. During Passover, eating leavened food is prohibited, so matzo appears in many forms to take its place. It's available in the kosher section of grocery stores, large supermarkets and kosher food stores.

Matzo: This thin, square, perforated flatbread is baked according to strict guidelines to ensure no leavening takes place. It is usually machine-made and sold in 1 lb (500 g) boxes. As well as plain unsalted matzo, it's available as whole wheat, rye, spelt, egg and thin tea.

Matzo Meal: This ground matzo can be used as a substitute for bread crumbs.

Matzo Farfel: Broken into small pieces and sold in a box, this matzo is used in Passover dishes such as kugel, latkes and stuffing.

Cake Meal: This is matzo that is ground to a fine powder and is used as a flour substitute.

Potato Starch: This is used as a thickener and flour substitute during Passover.


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