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    Cleaning and prepping for Passover

    Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:53 pm
    Forum Host
    I'm in that yearly state of mild panic as I work on getting rid of as much chametz as possible while keeping enough to feed my hubby and myself.... LOL.... getting things pre-cleaned so they don't need as MUCH scrubbing next week.... putting what I can away Thursday is the day.... my kitchen will be turned over.... my shul is hosting a Pre-Passover Pizza dinner Thursday night, so that will help. How are you all doing? Anyone making Passover at home for the first time?
    Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:03 am Groupie
    I've started already, and I know some one who is also cleaning in advance (she's got a few days on me). We keep the eating to the kitchen, as we have a rule about not taking food to a room after it's been cleaned for Passover. There's still a few rooms I have to do before cleaning the kitchen out Friday morning (after eating the last of the chometz we're allowed to eat), but I try not to stay upset about it.
    Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:38 am
    Forum Host
    I have my fingers in my ears and I can't hear you -- la la la la la la!

    I am in complete denial.

    Actually, I have my cleaner working extra hours to pre-clean so things will be easier next week. Starting Sunday night after work we're going to start on the kitchen and dining room, moving things out and bringing things in from the bomb shelter (also known as the storeroom). I'd like to change over Wednesday night but that probably is not going to happen. Probably will get everything done by Friday morning at 2 AM, and then I can sleep for 20 minutes until I have to start cooking.

    I would rather be in denial.

    As a pre-panic treat we are going down to the Dead Sea for Shabbat, just the two of us, no children, lots of massages booked. A Friday morning slow drive down, a Saturday night reluctant drive back, and then bring on the cleaning for Pesach!
    Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:57 pm Groupie
    Today was cleaning day. Helped with emptying the kitchen at our shul then came home and started on my own cabinets. First Pesach in our new house and I'm not sure how much space I will need. Cleaned and relined 2 cabinets and put all the Passover dry goods away. Now I just have to empty all 3 bins of pots, containers and misc. stuff. But I still have to cook for 2 nights and watch my baby grand daughter the next two days. Oy, don't panic, it always gets done. We have both Sedurim at home, 14 on Friday night and 18 on Saturday night.

    I have the worlds smallest oven, so I bought 2 giant roasting pans that I can put on timers to cook both nights. Wishing you all a sweet and Kosher Pesach.
    Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:53 am
    Forum Host
    We finished the upstairs last night and started throwing out the food that we're not going to carry over and sell.

    Yesterday I bought the shelf liners and the masking tape, I think my favorite part about cleaning for Pesach is lining the shelves.
    Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:56 am Groupie
    My favorite part is being done. We just moved into this house 2 months ago so not too much dirt. We only eat in the dining room and den. Those are my 2 biggest rooms. Kitchen work can't be finished until Wed. but I have everything in the house and all the chumetz to sell packed up and in the garage already. Progress, yay!
    chef FIFI
    Wed May 30, 2012 12:49 am Groupie
    Just out of curiosity and the zest for knowledge about other cultures and religion....what is the purpose of cleaning and prepping for passover and what is the process? Thanks:)
    Wed May 30, 2012 1:16 am Groupie
    All foods that are used during the year and are not specifically marked Kosher for Passover must be removed or in sealed or locked cabinets. No leavened products are allowed during Passover. Any rooms, clothing, purses, cars in which you might have dropped leavened crumbs must be cleaned completely. We must change our dishes, pots, pans, silverware, all cooking utensils that were used for non Passover foods. It is very complicated and detailed so I'm not sure I can get it all together here but that is the basic information.
    Wed May 30, 2012 6:31 pm Groupie
    Cleaning for Passover is a strict and daunting process. Alot of us start early, for cleaning, because to leaving it to the last week can be time consuming and overwhelming. All of the pots, pans, dishes and utensils for Passover are kept in separate cupboards to prevent them from being "contaminated" (if that's the right word) from year round food.

    Breads, bread rolls, pasta, cinnamon rolls cakes, muffins, cupcakes, and anything else that has baking powder, baking soda, any type of yeast are all considered leavening agents and are not allowed for Passover. Rice, barley and other grains, dried and canned legumes are also not allowed during Passover.
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