For the last three weeks the major supermarkets in our area have already put out their Passover product displays. Yes, more will be coming in as we get closer to Pesach, but the non-perishable staples are already in the markets. And many are almost sold out. There have been some very good sales on these products, sales that won't be there in the week before Pesach. The local kosher groceries have also had much of their Pesachdike products out for a week already.
The women in my neighborhood are pretty much divided as regards the shopping now for Pesach issue. Some feel that the products that get put out closer to Pesach will somehow be "fresher." Then there are those of us who look at them a bit quizzically. Perishable products may be fresher the closer you get to Pesach, but non-perishable ones? If potato starch has an expiration date of 3/2009 and I buy it now instead of three weeks from now, is it going to be any fresher? The companies that produce Pesachdike products have been in production for months now.
My goal is to have all the non-perishables purchased and in the house by the end of next week. One less thing to have to do close to yom tov. No fighting the crowds of those who wait and shop closer to yom tov. No worries about the stores not having a product I need for yom tov. I clear a space to store them and in they come. Pesach is hard enough without leaving all the shopping for that last week.
Closer to Pesach? We still have some of our non-perishables from last year! (OK, not enough to see us through another Pesach, but still useable)
You beat me to a different post to come--the one about putting things away for next year.
What, is there another use for leftover potato starch? What else would you do? (though sometimes I take things with me back into chometzland; I love Pesach food... I suppose that's not the usual situation, though)
My mother makes her blintzes from potato starch even for chometzdik and so do I. You can also use it for thickening stews and gravies a whole year. And of course, should you happen to run out of glue, just add a dab of water to some starch and voila, glue. When the kids were little and we did projects over chol hamoed that was my pesachdik glue.
completely agree with you on that. Just picked up 12 jars of Kedem 64oz juice for 2.50 a jar (4.99 - Buy 1 Get1 Free) at the local supermarket. Should last for a year.
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