18 Foods That Don’t Require Special Kosher for Passover Certification (2016 UPDATE)

18 Food Items that Don't Need Special Passover Certification

Updated: 3/30/16

Today I’m sharing 18 food products that do not require a special kosher for Passover certification (hechsher). This is not an exhaustive list, so be sure to consult the various Passover guides for more products.

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18 Foods That Don’t Need Kosher for Passover Certification

Disclaimer: I am sharing information that was found in the OU 2016 Guide to Passover and the Star-K Passover Guide. As always, I’m not a rabbi, nor do I play one on the Internet. If you have any questions, the best person to ask is your rabbi!

Baking Soda — OU- and Star-K-certified baking soda is permissible without special KLP certification.

Cocoa Powder — Hershey’s OU-certified, regular (not special dark) cocoa powder does not need a special Pesach hechsher. (Star-K says that all domestically produced cocoa can be used. Consult your rabbi if you have questions.)

Coconut Oil — Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from Spectrum (only) is acceptable for Passover when bearing the regular OU symbol. Special KLP certification is not required.  (Confirmed with the OU on 3/10/15.)   Unfortunately in 2016, the OU has said that coconut oil now requires a KLP hechsher. According to Spectrum, the OU-P version will be on the Organic Unrefined 14 oz. jar only, and it’s apparently already been released to stores. (Tho I have yet to see it anywhere!)

Coffee — Unflavored, ground coffee that has a hechsher year-round is acceptable for Passover without special certification. In addition:

  • K-cups, Vue cupss, Bolt packs and Single Serve Coffee that is unflavored and not decaffeinated is also acceptable when bearing and OU symbol.
  • Folger’s and Nescafe Taster’s Choice Instant coffee are acceptable without special Passover certification.
  • Folger’s Decaffeinated Instant coffee is also acceptable without special certification.
  • All other brands, types and flavors require special certification.

Eggs — Whole and raw eggs, including pasteurized eggs, do not require a KLP hechsher. Eggs should be purchased before yomtov begins.

Frozen Fruit — Frozen, unsweetened, additive-free (without syrup, citric acid, ascorbic acid, or vitamin C), whole, sliced or formed fruit may be used without any certification, KLP or otherwise. However, fruit that may be infested (e.g., strawberries) may only be used year-round, including on Pesach, when bearing an approved symbol. No additional Passover symbol is required for frozen fruit on Pesach.

Juice Concentrate — OU-supervised unsweetened orange and white grapefruit juice concentrate may be used without special Passover certification. No additives or enrichments (eg. calcium) may be present. Bottled juices, on the other hand, require a KLP hechsher.

Lemon & Lime Juice — {New in 2016} ReaLemon and ReaLime Juice (reconstituted) certified regularly by the OU is acceptable without a special KLP hechsher.

Meat & Poultry — Kosher-certified meat and poultry (fresh or frozen) in its original manufacturer packaging are inherently chametz-free year-round, and should not require any additional special supervision for Passover. This does not apply to ground meat and poultry, which may have additives. Meat and poultry should be purchased before yomtov begins.

Milk — Milk does not require a special KLP hechsher (nor a regular hechsher year-round). However, since milk contains added vitamins, which have a slight chametz risk, it is recommended to purchase your milk before Pesach.

Nuts — Raw whole, pieces or chopped nuts or nutmeal, with no preservatives or additives such as BHT or BHA, do not require a special KLP certification. Whole and half pecans also do not require KLP certification, but pieces do, per the Star-K. Peanuts are considered kitniyot by many.

Olive Oil — All extra virgin olive oils are Kosher for Passover, as long as they have a regular OU hechsher. Regular olive oil does require a KLP certification.

Quinoa — Per the Star-K, quinoa is Kosher L’Pesach and is not related to the five types of chometz grains, millet or rice. However, this is a possibility that it will be processed in a plant that has chometz in it. Therefore, only the Ancient Harvest brand, grown in Peru and certified by the Star-K year-round, does not require additional special KLP certification. This includes the Inca Red Grains Quinoa, Tricolor Grains Harmony Blend Qyinoa, White Grains Traditional Quinoa and the White Quinoa 50lb Bulk Bag. The OU Guide this year, however, says that all quinoa requires KLP certification. If you have questions, consult your local rav.

Raisins — OU- and Star-K-certified raisins are kosher year round, including on Passover, without special KLP certification as long as they do not contain “oil” in their ingredients.

Salmon — OU-certified Kirkland-brand Frozen Atlantic and Frozen Wild Salmon are acceptable with an OU, but no special KLP certification, after rinsing with water.

Salt — Non-iodized salt does not require special Passover certification, nor does sea salt. Regular, iodinized table salt does require KLP certification.

Sugar — All white, granulated sugar is acceptable for Passover without special certification. Powdered sugar and brown sugar, on the other hand, do require a Passover hechsher. (During the rest of the year, brown sugar and powdered sugar — like white sugar — can be purchased without a hechsher.)

Tea Bags — Unflavored and not decaffeinated black, white and green regular tea bags that are regularly certified by the OU are acceptable for Pesach without special supervision.

Water — All unflavored bottled water is Kosher for Passover, even without any Kosher supervision.

Looking for more information about products that don’t require special Kosher for Passover certification? See 43 Non-Food Items that Don’t Need a Hechsher on Passover.

43 Non-Food Items That Don't Need Passover Certification

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  1. I was told any xtra virgin unrefined pure coconut oil is fine as well

  2. Larry Lennhoff says:

    Is there a difference between Spectrum Organic Virgin coconut oil (Unrefined) and Spectrum extra virgin coconut oil? I can’t find the latter either on the web or in stores.

  3. another good resource: Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz’s website, kosherquest.org. he has lists of products that don’t require a special hechsher year-round, *and* products that don’t require a special hechsher for Pesach. and if you have a specific question, you can write to him via the website and get a personal answer! he is a great guy!

  4. Judy Dubac says:

    A lot of this is the minhag of your family as well. To be safe ask your local Orthodox Rabbi to interpret all of this. Remember all the years the only available oil was peanut oil but could not eat peanuts? That was hard for me as a child to understand. Now we have all these choices. Choose well! Chag Someach!

  5. The Chicago Rabbinical Council website reads that frozen raspberries and strawberries (examples of fruit that may be infested) are acceptable without hashgacha as long as there are no added kosher sensitive ingredients.

  6. mashgiach says:

    there are imported sugars from south America that are not acceptable for pesach

  7. Pinchos Woolstone says:

    Which Hechsharim have declared quinoa not kitniyos?

    • Mara Strom says:

      Quoting from the post above: “Per the Star-K, quinoa is Kosher L’Pesach and is not related to the five types of chometz grains, millet or rice. However, this is a possibility that it will be processed in a plant that has chometz in it. Therefore, only the Ancient Harvest brand, grown in Peru and certified by the Star-K year-round, does not require additional special KLP certification. This includes the Inca Red Grains Quinoa, Tricolor Grains Harmony Blend Qyinoa, White Grains Traditional Quinoa and the White Quinoa 50lb Bulk Bag. The OU Guide this year, however, says that all quinoa requires KLP certification. If you have questions, consult your local rav.”

  8. Does unflavored unsweetened coconut milk need OUP???

  9. Michael says:

    I emailed the ou to clarify if OU spectrum coconut oil could still be used this year. They did not yet get back to me, but tonight I saw this tweet.

    COR
    COR – [email protected]

    From the OU:While Spectrum Coconut Oil with an OU-P is preferable, if not easily obtainable, the standard OU product is perfectly acceptable

  10. Can we buy almond milk before Passover or is it not kosher for Passover?

  11. I found the Spectrum Passover coconut oil at the Vitamin Shoppe (Maryland).

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