The ultimate pesach guide
Chef Zissie’s words of advice for making the most out of these difficult times, and having a calm and enjoyable Pesach. Click here to read more!

If you follow these few simple steps and these recipes, your Pesach will not be overwhelming, nor will you feel like you don’t have what to eat or that you ate too much and your stomach hurts from too much Matzoh! Pesach is a really holy and beautiful holiday and if you are organized and get your whole household on board in an exciting way, you will feel the beauty of the holiday without the stress.  

Two weeks before Pesach:

You should buy: all oils, vinegar, honey, silan, sugar, beverages, coffee, tea, dried fruit, nuts, spices, canned goods, plastic and paper goods, tins, sponges, tinfoil, plastic wrap, parchment paper, covering material and any other dried ingredients you can possibly need for the entire Pesach.

Clean out your entire freezer and make room for Pesach fresh meat, fresh chicken, fresh fish and frozen fruit.

You should buy meat, chicken and fish (all fresh if possible) for all of Pesach and put it right in your freezer.
You should get your car cleaned so you don’t have to wait in that dreadful last minute line and get overcharged. 

The week before Pesach:

You should buy all onions, sweet potatoes, potatoes, apples, oranges and any other items that will last until Pesach is over.

You should be cooking all things you want to get rid of.

If you have a home where all rooms potentially have Chametz, take 1 room a day to clean and then put yellow police tape or something else amazingly loud so everyone knows no chametz allowed.

Try having your home clean and kashered at least 2-3 days before Pesach. This way you can start cooking in advance, have everything set up and go into Pesach feeling calm, cool and collected like a pro.   If you follow my recipes, you will see how easy it is to make meals without chametz even before Passover.

Buy yourself something new to wear as a gift for being so organized and calm.

4-5 days before Pesach:

Buy all fresh ingredients for the Shabbos before Pesach, the seders, and Chol Hamoed (Ideally do it online and have it delivered).

3-4 days before Pesach:

Have your home kashered for Pesach. Make recipes from this list.  No need to eat much Chametz now, but if you have a craving make yourself a  little place in the house for sandwiches only – and don’t forget to keep some for Bedikat and Biur Chametz!

Chol Hamoed:

Do your final fresh shopping trip that will last you until Pesach is over.  (Ideally do it online and have it delivered).

Pesach equipment checklist:

I promise you it is worth it to have new knives, or have your existing ones (if they can be kashered) sharpened just for Pesach, they will save you so much time in the kitchen and will make your whole cooking experience easier and less overwhelming. 

  • 3 new and sharp chef knives
  • 3 wooden cutting boards
  • Serrated tomato knives
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Strainer
  • Zester
  • Can opener
  • Food processor (with grater)
  • Peeler
  • Pots
  • Pans
  • Sheet pans
  • Grill pan
  • Wooden spoons
  • Spatulas
  • Metal tongs
  • Ladles
  • Mixing bowls
  • Blender (optional)
  • Salad turner (optional)

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