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Burning Chametz

Posted by Avital Pinnick on April 6, 2012



I took these photos this morning of the burning of chametz. Something about fire fascinates kids. They don’t seem to mind the heat (and it is hot today!).

We burned the last of the leavened food around 10:30 this morning. It’s tough coming up with interesting menu ideas when you have a bunch of house guests, can’t eat bread, cakes, rice, legumes, or matzah (our custom is not to eat matzah for the month leading up to Pesach in order for it to be more special when we have it), and the thought of one more potato makes you sick…..

Breakfast menu, day of Seder:

  • Leftover chametz (as long as it’s before the cut-off time, which is 10:09 this year, according to our custom)
  • Cheese slices
  • Rice crackers
  • Hard-boiled eggs

Lunch menu, day of Seder:

  • Tuna salad with lots of cut up vegetables in it
  • Vegetable salad
  • Potato-kohlrabi kugel (I didn’t have enough potatoes for a kugel, so I added a large kohlrabi; it was really good)
  • Cheese slices


The whole neighbourhood smells like a forest fire, which makes drying the laundry a bit problematic. Oh well, no one’s going to notice a bit of smoke on their bath towels, right?

Ever wonder what 750 grams of horseradish looks like? A caterer friend had some extra and was giving it away. I thought she’d give me a couple roots but her husband handed me the whole lot. So I’ve dried it, wrapped it in newspaper, and put it in the back of the fridge, for when I have more time.


One Response to “Burning Chametz”

  1. Cool! I’ve never seen this done, so thanks for the photos! = ) חג פסח שמח!

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