Where Oh Where Can I Get My Pesach Rice?

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riceBy Judah Levi

Is all rice Kosher for Pesach for Sephardim?

Rice for Pesach with no kashrut concerns is no simple feat. One of the greatest ongoing challenges for Sephardim is finding properly supervised kitniyot foods for use on PesachOne of the main issues concerned the enrichments used in U.S. rice mills to replace the vitamins removed in the polishing steps of rice milling. Another issue was that rice is often packed in facilities that also pack Chametz products on the same equipment. For national Pesach certification this almost always requires some type of meaningful Hashgacha beyond just assuming that it is acceptable.  Last year  Rav Emanuel Goldfeiz STAR-S Rav HaMachshir, Rabbi Zvi Holland, STAR-K’s Kashrut Administrator assigned to the STAR-S project,  assisted by Rabbi Tzvi Rosen, STAR-K’s Kashrut Administrator for U.S. rice production, determined that much of the enrichments could not be endorsed for Pesach due to Chametz concerns and that the vast majority of rice packed in the U.S. shared lines with enriched rice and packaging at plants that also pack chametz .

Thus, Carolina Mehadrin Rice was born. After discussing the project with the STAR-S Rav Hamachshir Rav Goldfeiz Shlit”a Rabbi Rosen and Rabbi Holland, along with Rabbi Moshe Cohen of Ateret Torah, who agreed to serve as mashigiach temidi at the rice production ,  traveled to rice country to find a way to produce extra long grain white rice for Pesach.   They arranged for a run of this rice for Pesach, L’Mehadrin.  Carolina Mehadrin is  unique, as it will be the ONLY American  rice that STAR-S can endorse for Pesach with the following Hiddurim:

·         The rice is grown and transported in fields dedicated exclusively to rice that is located hundreds of miles away from other grain fields;

·         The rice transported in trucks dedicated exclusively to rice

·         The rice is packed in specially dedicated clean lines without concerns of chametz additives;

·         The rice is produced under hashgacha temidit from beginning to end.

Despite the fact that these rice products are meticulously cleaned in the factories with advanced machines, the Gedolei Haposkim of the Sephardic kehillot feel that the established custom of checking the rice, grain by grain, three times is still required.  Therefore, STAR-S-P certified rice products should be checked, grain by grain, three times prior to its usage on Pesach.

Due to a big demand the rice selection for this year has been expanded

Carolina Mehadrin-Extra Long Grain White Rice
Carolina Mehadrin Brown Rice
Goya Mehadrin Medium Grain Rice

Where Oh Where Can I Get My Passover Rice?

MOISHA’s DISCOUNT

ARON KISSENA FARMS

CHALOUH MARKET

CHALOUH #2

KINGS HIGHWAY GLATT

KINGS GLATT MARK

KOSHER KORNER

SEVEN MILE MARKET-Baltimore

ZAKAY- SOUTH AMERICA-Panama

KOSHER PALACE

SHALOM GROCERY

AVE S SUPERMARKET

AKIVA GROCERY

SASSON AND FARRAH

MOUNTAIN FRUITS

MOTI’S SUPERMARKET(ROCKVILLE , MARYLAND)

KOSHER WEST-Lakewood, NJ

SHALOM STRICTLY(DEKELBAUM)- SILVER SPRINGS, MARYLAND

SHLOIMY’S GLATT

SARAS TENT Deal, NJ

I&D GLATT

SARAHS TENT Brooklyn

More Passover & Kitniyot Products

For Pesach 5774 more Kitniyot products are available than ever.

For information on how to order Carolina Mehadrin, please contact Quality Frozen foods at (718) 256-9100 or for more information contact STAR-K at (410) 484-4110.

Jasmine and Basmati Rice

Two other very popular kinds of rice used by the Sephardim are the basmati variety from India, and the aromatic jasmine rice from Thailand.  While fundamentally a pure product, when packed in the U.S., these products can present Pesach issues with regard to transport and packing.

Himalayan Pride Basmati Rice (Brown &

White) (No STAR-S P Req. /STAR-K Required- Product is Kitniyot)

Super Lucky Elephant Jasmine Rice

(No STAR-S P Req./STAR-KRequired- Product is Kitniyot)

(The above 2 brands are available nationwide in Costco, Walmart, Sam’s Club and other fine stores/distributed on the East Coast by EMD sales (301) 520-3856)

FROZEN BEANS

Yerek Brand (STAR-S P Kitniyot required)

Green Beans

Cut Green Beans

French Cut Green Beans

Green Peas

Peas & Carrots

Cut Corn

Mixed Vegetables

Baby Lima Beans

(Available in your local Kosher supermarket, distributed nationally by Quality Frozen Foods- 718-256-9100)

NUTS & SEEDS

Setton Farms (STAR-S P Kitniyot Required)

Roasted Peanuts

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Sunflower Seeds

(Available in your local Kosher supermarket, distributed nationally by Quality Frozen Foods- 718-256-9100)

SALADS

Pikante Salad (When bearing Star-S and Kosher L’Pesach L’ochlei Kitniyot INKJETTED in Hebrew on the Label)

Babaganoush

Caponata Italian Eggplant Cuisine

Chinese Eggplant

Grilled Eggplant

Hummus & Turkish salad

Hummus Abu-Gosh

Hummus Classic

Hummus Galilee

Hummus Jalapeno & Herbs

Hummus Jerusalem

Hummus Marrakech

Hummus Masabacha Jalapeno & Herbs

Hummus Moroccan Salsa (Matbucha)

Hummus Old Jerusalem Traditional

Hummus Pine Nuts

Hummus Premium

Hummus Roasted Pine nuts

Hummus roasted Red Pepper

Hummus Sun-dried Tomato

Hummus with Tehina

Hummus with Roasted Hot Pepper

Hummus Za’atar

Hummus Garlic & Lemon

Indian Eggplant

Matbucha Moroccan

Moroccan Long Hot Pepper

Red Cabbage

Red Cabbage salad

Romanian Eggplant

Sliced Spanish Eggplant

Spanish Eggplant

Tahini Baladi (original) with Soft Chick Peas

Tahini Dip & Spread

Tehina

Thai Salad Spicy

Turkish Salad

Vegetarian Liver

(Distributed by: Pikante USA Corp, 5334 SW 38th Way,

Hollywood, FL 33312)

CANNED GOODS

California Delight (STAR-S P Kitniyot required)

Baby Corn -Whole Sprears

Cut baby Corn

Whole Kernel Corn

(Available in your local Kosher supermarkets, distributed nationally by DS International Traders- 323-725-1045; Quality Frozen Foods- 718-256-9100)

In addition, The following products are certified STAR-S P and meet Sephardic standards for Chalak Beit Yosef and/or Bishul Beit Yosef

MEAT- All Chalak Beit Yosef L’Sephardim

Maimonides Meats (No STAR-S P Req./a Req.)

Boxed Beef

Boxed Lamb

Boxed Veal

(Distributed by Premier Tasty Meats- 214-733-1450

blake@premiertastymeats.com)

M&D Glatt (No STAR-S P Req./a Req.)

Boxed Lamb

Boxed Veal

(Distributed by M&D Glatt- 646-765-4510)

CANNED GOODS

California Delight (STAR-S P Required)

Heats of Palm-Whole

Hearts of Palm Cuts & Pieces

Pears in Light Syrup

(Available in your local Kosher supermarkets distributed nationally by DS International Traders – 323-725-1045; Quality Frozen Foods – 718-256-9100)

TUNABishul Beit Yosef, Mashgiach Temidi

California Delight (STAR-S P required)

Chunk “TONGOL” Tuna in Water

Chunk Light Tuna in Water

Chunk White Albacore Tuna in Water

Chunk Yellowfin Tuna in Water

Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water

Skipjack Chunk Tuna in Water

(Available in your local Kosher supermarkets distributed nationally by DS International Traders- 323-725-1045; Quality Frozen Foods- 718-256-9100)

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8 COMMENTS

  1. “The rice is grown and transported in fields dedicated exclusively to rice that is located hundreds of miles away from other grain fields”

    B”H! Last year I felt like I was eating Chametz, b/c the rice that I bought was grown only 90 miles away from other grains, not Hundreds!

  2. I always knew that all the rice that we’ve been eating on Pesach was chametz, b/c it didn’t have these hechsherim and chumrot.
    How do we do Teshuva for the past Hundreds of years?!

  3. One of the chumros are that the rice is transported in trucks dedicated exclusively to rice.
    Do those trucks transport only PESACH rice? Or Chamatez rice also?

    Do the stores that it gets deliverd to contain chometz in them also?

  4. Unfortunately, much American rice grown outside of California has been found to contain excessive levels of arsenic. This is a sad legacy of the fact that the rice paddies now used to rice used to be fields that grew cotton, which was treated with massive doses of arsenic-containing pesticides. I only buy rice from India, Thailand, or California.

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