In this second installment of “Gearing up for Pesach”, we’re providing a few tips on specifically how to prepare your kitchen and pantry for the joys of kosher for Passover recipes and cooking. Again, these tips are meant for advance use, not the final days. If you wait to do these things until the Seder meal is upon you, you are guaranteed to feel stressed and frustrated year after year.
1. As we mentioned in Part I, it is important to prepare all your cooking utensils in advance of the holiday. This means checking to make sure you have all your pots and pans, plates, cutlery, and other essentials ready to go, as well as bringing all your new items to the mikveh well in advance of Passover.
2. Many ingredients we use all year round are also kosher for Passover. Take some time to do an inventory of your kitchen, and separate out all your unopened kosher for Passover foods, such as canned goods and unopened beverages. This way, you won’t re-buy the products you already have on-hand.
3. If you don’t already have the following essential Kosher for Passover ingredients on-hand, start stocking up on them early. They will be one less thing to worry about when you are doing last-minute shopping:
1. Matzah meal
2. Matzah Cake meal
3. Potato starch
4. Spices, Salt, Pepper, & Sugar
5. Wine & Grape Juice (both for cooking and drinking)
6. Semisweet chocolate
4. Start getting your Passover menu ready well in advance. This means both for the seder meals, and for all the other Passover meals you will have over the course of the holiday. Even if you don’t normally plan out your week’s worth of lunches and dinners, it will be very helpful to have a plan before the holiday begins so that you have one less thing to worry about in the days leading up to it. Collect kosher for Passover recipes together in a single folder from family, friends, old cookbooks, and of course, www.gourmetpassovercooking.com!