Before you hit the stores and start paying “Passover prices” on all your holiday staples, here is a great tip that came from reader and friend, Shelley S:
Last night I started to get concerned about Pesach! The cooking! The Cleaning! The expense of it all!I opened up my pantry and was pleasantly surprised to see just how many unopened KLP items I had in there (that was purchased throughout the year by chance, or, on sale!)Items I found and will use for Pesach include:
- jam (3 jars!)
- sugar (8lb’s!)
- balsamic vinegar/red wine vinegar/white wine vinegar
- duck sauce
- Grape Juice
- chocolate chips (4 bags!)
- canned pineapples
- canned whole cranberries
- marinara sauce
It looks to me like it’s at $100+ worth of groceries (at right-before-Pesach prices).
Shelley contacted her local rabbi, who recommend that she wipe down the unopened cans and bottles etc, but apart from that, his answer was, “Why not save the money?!”
I would add that unprocessed meat and chicken (no spices or flavoring added, etc) can be purchased anytime for use Pesach. It does not require additional certification.
So, don’t wait until a week before Passover to buy your chickens or roast — grab them anytime that your store has them on sale. (Thanks, Yoel for the reminder.)
As always, check any questions you have about this — or any other Passover money-saving tip — with your LOR.