Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s (D-Brooklyn) staff visited numerous supermarkets throughout New York City earlier this week to survey hand-made shmurah matzah prices at various locations. The matzah survey, which spanned 30 supermarkets in Queens, Brooklyn, Far Rockaway and the Five Towns, was conducted to serve those who are seeking the best prices available for shmurah matzah this Pesach.
A survey result showed the cheapest matzah is being sold in Brooklyn for $11.99 per lb., with prices ranging up to $35 per lb. for other brands at different locations.
“This is about providing the Jewish community with a guide when purchasing their hand-made shmurah matzah for Pesach,” Hikind said of the survey. “This yom tov is by far the most expensive to prepare for. If you want to save money and be a smart consumer, my advice would be to just shop around.”
Hikind reiterated that in no way, shape or form is the survey an endorsement of one store over another or to purchase a particular brand of matzah, but rather a guide for those that are seeking to save money on their matzah purchases.
“With this survey, one can save hundreds of dollars on shmurah matzah alone, a main staple of every Jewish household on Pesach,” Hikind added. “I’m proud of my staff for visiting so many different communities to survey these prices, which will in turn act as a tool for those shopping for Pesach.”
Hand-made Shmurah matzah is a labor intensive process, made from wheat that is watched carefully from the moment of harvest. The flour is “guarded” during its travel to the matzah bakery, with the flour and water then mixed by hand. The baking process can be no longer than 18 minutes to prevent leavening.