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Shelf life of matzah?

Post by Cybrludite » Fri May 20, 2011 2:32 am

After Passover, I noticed a bunch of Matzah on sale, but couldn't find an expiration date on the packaging. (As a friend of mine commented, "What, is it going to get even stale-er? :lol: ) Any idea how long this stuff lasts? The lack of preservatives has me a little worried about stockpiling it.
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Re: Shelf life of matzah?

Post by Ad'lan » Fri May 20, 2011 3:10 am

Cybrludite wrote:After Passover, I noticed a bunch of Matzah on sale, but couldn't find an expiration date on the packaging. (As a friend of mine commented, "What, is it going to get even stale-er? :lol: ) Any idea how long this stuff lasts? The lack of preservatives has me a little worried about stockpiling it.
All depends on how you store it. Just in the boxes? We've had boxes from a few years ago, and they were sound. Stored in a cool dry place though. If you sealed them up properly air tight, with some moisture and 02 absorbers, made sure no pests could get at them, I could easily see them lasting a decade or more.

Matzah goes off by absorbing moisture from the air. It's like a biscuit, not a cake.
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Re: Shelf life of matzah?

Post by raptor » Fri May 20, 2011 9:50 am

Cybrludite wrote:After Passover, I noticed a bunch of Matzah on sale, but couldn't find an expiration date on the packaging. (As a friend of mine commented, "What, is it going to get even stale-er? :lol: ) Any idea how long this stuff lasts? The lack of preservatives has me a little worried about stockpiling it.
I stock pile matzah in stead of crackers for the exact reason you mentioned. It goes on sale after passover and it is not going to get staler. They are normally wrapped in the sealed plastic bags and as long as the humidity does not get to them they should last a very long time.

I look for the ones labeled Kosher for passover and buy those. I take them out of the box to reduce the space they take up (but leave them sealed) and put them in zip lock bags with an oxygen absorber. I simply cycle them out after 3 to 5 years. As long as the package is sealed I think they are good for a very long time.

Matzah Ball soup is great.

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Re: Shelf life of matzah?

Post by jnathan » Fri May 20, 2011 10:12 am

raptor wrote:
I stock pile matzah in stead of crackers for the exact reason you mentioned. It goes on sale after passover and it is not going to get staler. They are normally wrapped in the sealed plastic bags and as long as the humidity does not get to them they should last a very long time.

I look for the ones labeled Kosher for passover and buy those. I take them out of the box to reduce the space they take up (but leave them sealed) and put them in zip lock bags with an oxygen absorber. I simply cycle them out after 3 to 5 years. As long as the package is sealed I think they are good for a very long time.

Matzah Ball soup is great.
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Re: Shelf life of matzah?

Post by wagdhead » Fri May 20, 2011 10:44 am

Well, some friends of mine just had the First Annual Matzah Olympics using a box of matzah found in their old synagogue. The brand was Yehuda Matzo which is kosher. It's use by date was 2003, but it was fine.

Events included:
Matza chop: how many can you break with one chop.
Mazta Frisbee toss
Matza throwing star
The Jewish silencer: eat two crakers and try to recite your Haftorah. The Christian particpants (me included) had to recite the Apostle Creed without choking or needing water.
The day the music died: similar to above but you had to whistle the National Anthem.

Shelf life is supposed to be 2 1/2 years, but they re crisped the Matzah we ate by putting it in the oven for 5 minutes on low heat.
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Re: Shelf life of matzah?

Post by raptor » Fri May 20, 2011 1:53 pm

jnathan wrote:
raptor wrote:
I stock pile matzah in stead of crackers for the exact reason you mentioned. It goes on sale after passover and it is not going to get staler. They are normally wrapped in the sealed plastic bags and as long as the humidity does not get to them they should last a very long time.

I look for the ones labeled Kosher for passover and buy those. I take them out of the box to reduce the space they take up (but leave them sealed) and put them in zip lock bags with an oxygen absorber. I simply cycle them out after 3 to 5 years. As long as the package is sealed I think they are good for a very long time.

Matzah Ball soup is great.
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Re: Shelf life of matzah?

Post by Dawgboy » Fri May 20, 2011 1:56 pm

I think it has a half life of 2000 years when stored properly...
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Re: Shelf life of matzah?

Post by majorhavoc » Fri May 20, 2011 3:39 pm

wagdhead wrote:Well, some friends of mine just had the First Annual Matzah Olympics using a box of matzah found in their old synagogue. The brand was Yehuda Matzo which is kosher. It's use by date was 2003, but it was fine.

Events included:
Matza chop: how many can you break with one chop.
Mazta Frisbee toss
Matza throwing star
The Jewish silencer: eat two crakers and try to recite your Haftorah. The Christian particpants (me included) had to recite the Apostle Creed without choking or needing water.
The day the music died: similar to above but you had to whistle the National Anthem.

Shelf life is supposed to be 2 1/2 years, but they re crisped the Matzah we ate by putting it in the oven for 5 minutes on low heat.
That's the funniest damn thing I've heard all day; thanks for sharing that! :lol: :lol: :lol:

FWIW: I've also eyed those massive packages on sale after the high holidays, but I decided if I had to eat matzah in any quantity for more than one week of Passover, I'd just give myself up to the zombie hordes and get it over with.

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Re: Shelf life of matzah?

Post by shrapnel » Fri May 20, 2011 3:48 pm

Dad likes eating matzoh on a regular basis. We ate a box of it that had been sitting for three years, just in the back of a cabinet, and it was fine.
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Post by CipherNameRaVeN » Fri May 20, 2011 4:13 pm

I am an IT consultant for my synagogue. Technically, I do a free work for them whenever rabbi calls me. I do it for free hoping that the rabbi will put a good word for me with the big guy.

Anyway...

About 6 years ago, he had two boxes (I mean large cardboard boxes full of smaller retail type ones) left over after the holidays. He asked me if I wanted it. I am not the kind of person to say no to a free deal. I took it.
We still eat it to this day. Tastes as fresh as 6 years ago. I still have one large box unopened. I am planning to eat it for another 6 or so years.
But you have to buy good ones. The ones that come from bakeries are the best. They are usually round like this.
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There are a lot of recipes for Matzah: soups, babkas, etc.
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Re: Shelf life of matzah?

Post by jnathan » Fri May 20, 2011 6:46 pm

CipherNameRaVeN wrote:I am an IT consultant for my synagogue. Technically, I do a free work for them whenever rabbi calls me. I do it for free hoping that the rabbi will put a good word for me with the big guy.

Anyway...

About 6 years ago, he had two boxes (I mean large cardboard boxes full of smaller retail type ones) left over after the holidays. He asked me if I wanted it. I am not the kind of person to say no to a free deal. I took it.
We still eat it to this day. Tastes as fresh as 6 years ago. I still have one large box unopened. I am planning to eat it for another 6 or so years.
But you have to buy good ones. The ones that come from bakeries are the best. They are usually round like this.
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There are a lot of recipes for Matzah: soups, babkas, etc.
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The round matzah you're referring to is Shmura Matzah which you'll usually only find in a religious (frum) household around Passover. I personally think it tastes worse than non-Shmura matzah because it's a little but burnt in flavor and in texture it's almost like a rice cake, but not quite.

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Re: Shelf life of matzah?

Post by rhi » Fri May 20, 2011 9:50 pm

jnathan wrote:it tastes worse than non-Shmura matzah because it's a little bit burnt in flavor and in texture it's almost like a rice cake
You mean there's something worse than the "Irish Soda Bread" we endure every March 17th? :shock:

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Re: Shelf life of matzah?

Post by raptor » Thu May 26, 2011 7:34 pm

This thread got me curious. Instead of cycling out my oldest matzah; I made matzah ball soup (...or should say my wife made it). The matzah was 5 years old and 2 years past the best by date. I could taste no difference between the 5 year old package and a new package. YMMV

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Re: Shelf life of matzah?

Post by Crimson Phoenix » Mon May 30, 2011 8:05 pm

I was very disappointed with my neighbor a few weeks ago who tossed three cases of the stuff in the trash barrel down the hall the day Passover ended. She was amazed I even knew what the stuff was, and I told her if she ever got more than she needed, I'd be glad to take it on. I haven't had good Matzoh in years, and here she goes and tosses three unopened, unused packages in the trash. Good to know they don't go bad unless moisture invades once the seal is broken. Sad to say, but I didn't fish them out. :/

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Post by CipherNameRaVeN » Mon May 30, 2011 8:56 pm

Crimson Phoenix wrote:I was very disappointed with my neighbor a few weeks ago who tossed three cases of the stuff in the trash barrel down the hall the day Passover ended. She was amazed I even knew what the stuff was, and I told her if she ever got more than she needed, I'd be glad to take it on. I haven't had good Matzoh in years, and here she goes and tosses three unopened, unused packages in the trash. Good to know they don't go bad unless moisture invades once the seal is broken. Sad to say, but I didn't fish them out. :/
You can only eat so much of that stuff. It's pretty much dry and tasteless crackers without any salt or anything else to make it taste better. But, people still tend to over stock themselves with that stuff for the Holidays.
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Re: Shelf life of matzah?

Post by Crimson Phoenix » Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:22 am

True. I can't believe her dad shipped her a full case of the stuff. I want to say she got four boxes to start with, and dumped three of them unopened. Still, I'm one of those people who, if I know the food has a long shelf life, I'm not going to just toss it out after I'm tired of looking at it, and simply pace myself until it's used up or offer it to friends until someone says yes.

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Re: Shelf life of matzah?

Post by Purple_Mutant » Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:08 am

raptor wrote: I stock pile matzah in stead of crackers for the exact reason you mentioned. It goes on sale after passover and it is not going to get staler. They are normally wrapped in the sealed plastic bags and as long as the humidity does not get to them they should last a very long time.

I look for the ones labeled Kosher for passover and buy those. I take them out of the box to reduce the space they take up (but leave them sealed) and put them in zip lock bags with an oxygen absorber. I simply cycle them out after 3 to 5 years. As long as the package is sealed I think they are good for a very long time.

Matzah Ball soup is great.
I just picked up a 5 pound box (5 1 pound boxes) of matzo for $7! Yea it's pretty bland, but not bad when you put something on it. Peanut butter is good and so is Vegemite. The trick with Vegemite is spreading it THIN. In the US you can get Vegemite at costplus world market.

I think I am going to vacuum pack some of the Matzo to keep moisture out. I will also have to try cooking with Matzo. It should work for milanesa (matzonesa? :D). I would imagine it would work anywhere you would use bread crumbs.

Apologies for bringing back an old thread. Seemed like a better idea than starting a new one. By the way, what is the general "rule" regarding posting on old threads?

*EDIT*

It occurred to me that after passover one might be able to get free matzo off of freecycle, Craig's List, or the like. I just posted a "WANTED: Matzo" on freecycle. I will post an update if I get any offers.

*EDIT AGAIN*

It turns out freecycle has a no food policy. Oh well.
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I'm glad somebody asked this because I was wondering as well. It's great to have so many like minds here! :D
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Post by LastBoyScout » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:07 pm

Do you guys ever make matza bri. Do you need a recipe? Will post if asked.

Last night of Passover so will be looking for matza on sale.

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Post by Anianna » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:59 am

I understand there are five grains matzah can be made from. Are there different names for it made from each of those or is it made from all five? Basically, I'm interested in a gluten-free version, such as an oat version. I don't know enough about it to find it.
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Post by duodecima » Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:47 pm

LastBoyScout wrote:Do you guys ever make matza bri. Do you need a recipe? Will post if asked.

Last night of Passover so will be looking for matza on sale.

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Post by Boondock » Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:32 am

That's it. I'm buying some today!

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Post by Purple_Mutant » Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:52 pm

Boondock wrote:That's it. I'm buying some today!
I just picked up another 2 large boxes (5 pounds each) for $4.50 a box. It's hard to beat at that price.
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Re: Shelf life of matzah?

Post by Armor76 » Sat Apr 26, 2014 8:02 pm

You know I never thought about putting matzoh in our preps. I grabbed a bunch of those big cases of Shabbaot candles when they were on sale and I got some gefelte fish.... no matzoh. Thanks for the idea!

Just make sure you're getting enough fiber if you are going to be living on it for a while. Matzoh will bind you up worse than MREs. =)
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