What Is Kosher for Passover?
On Passover it is forbidden to eat leavened grain. Regarding Passover the Torah states “In the first month on the fourteenth day in the evening you shall eat Matzah… No leaven shall be found in your house for seven days.” The grains that are restricted on the holiday are the five species mentioned in the Bible, wheat, oats, spelt, barley and rye.
On Passover the only form of the grains that can be eaten is in the form of matzah, which is made through a careful process to prevent leavening. Ashkenazi Jews, Jews of Eastern European descent, also avoid kitniyot on Passover, a category that includes legumes, corn, rice and their derivatives. There are some people who hold the additional stringency of not eating anything made with moistened matzah, in case there is some flour that remained unmixed that might mix with the water in the recipe and rise. This mixing is called gebrotz, and all the recipes on my blog that do not contain matzah meal are labeled as non-gebrotz.
For many people, all processed ingredients used in Passover cooking and baking need to be specifically certified kosher for Passover. Therefore things that might not inherently be prohibited (like packaged coconut milk or coconut flour) still can’t be used on Passover in a strictly kosher kitchen. All recipes on this blog are made with ingredients that are available with Passover certification. I am happy to answer questions on sources for these products or any other questions about kosher for Passover requirements or products. Feel free to email me with any questions that arise.