Tuesday, March 17, 2009

How to Order Gluten-Free Matzo for Passover 2009

"This is the (gluten-free) bread of oppression that
our ancestors would have eaten in the land of Egypt
if they had been celiacs."

I've been getting so many e-mails about ordering gluten-free matzo that I realized it was high time I make a post about how to get your hands on some gluten-free matzo for Pesach (Passover) 2009.

Keep in mind that for matzo to be considered matzo by halacha (Jewish law) it needs to be made of one of the five grains. The only one of those grains that is (or can be) gluten-free is oats. Historically oats have been unsafe for celiacs due to being cross-contaminated with wheat. Fortunately, today we have certified gluten-free oats, which are grown and processed separately from wheat to eliminate cross-contamination, and then tested by food allergy testing labs to confirm their gluten-free status. So a truly gluten-free oat matzo is now possible. That said, there are some people with celiac disease who simply cannot digest oats, even gluten-free ones. If you are one of those people who has celiac disease and cannot digest oats I strongly suggest you speak with a competent rabbi. In fact, if you're an observant Jew it wouldn't hurt to consult with a rabbi regardless... Since I hear that there are some rabbis who don't accept oat matzo for celiacs. But for the rest of us, there's a great (if very pricy) option out there.

Starting last year, there are actually two sources for gluten-free matzo, not just one! I posted last year about Lakewood Matzoh Bakery which had begun making certified gluten-free oat matzo for the first time. They were kind enough to send me some of this year's batch to sample. It's true that it tastes nothing like the matzo I grew up eating and I'll personally never be a big fan of the burnt taste of shmura matzo (regardless of its gluten status). However, I'm excited because Lakewood Matzoh Bakery's matzo is quite improved from last year, due to being rolled out more thinly. This will make it more enjoyable for a lot of people, myself included. I also like supporting local-ish businesses when I can. In addition, Lakewood's price is significantly lower than the price offered by and other vendors for the imported UK brand Gluten-Free Oat Matzo. That makes Lakewood the winner in my home.

The one item that the other company, Gluten-Free Oat Matzos, sells that Lakewood doesn't is gluten-free matzo meal. It's ridiculously expensive but makes killer matzo balls using my dad's recipe! When I bought it a few years ago I called the matzo balls I made "million-dollar matzo balls" because I figured out they cost a couple of bucks a peace. A link to buying gluten-free matzo meal can be found below.

Did I mention that oat matzo is totally delicious turned into matzo pizza? Just spread tomato sauce and mozzarella on it and bake until the cheese is melted and edges of the matzo are crisp. Mmm... just call it "Bread of Oppression Pizza."


Here are links for ordering gluten-free matzo online or finding out where it's retailed locally near you. It's popping up in more and more local kosher groceries these days, but many places find they are sold out quickly so be sure to inquire about it at your local grocery now.

Gluten-Free Matzo from Lakewood Matzoh Bakery

Gluten-free oat matzo made in Lakewood, NJ. Shmura (handmade). $23 a box. Shipping available. Order online at the link above or inquire about where it's sold near you. I've seen it at shops in the NY/NJ area.

Gluten-Free Matzo from Rabbi Kestenbaum's Gluten Free Oat Matzos

Gluten-free oat matzo made in the UK. To buy online, go to They offer machine-made matzo at $39.95 a box, handmade matzo for $39.95 a box and gluten-free matzo meal for $19.99 per box. Find out where to buy it locally here. (Available internationally).


Shelley said...

nt to thank you for all of your hard work with this site. i am still a fairly new GF person (about 5 weeks) and this site has helped me to make Pasech very special this year.

The Calico Cat said...

If you live in the Baltimore area, you can get some for $15 per lb.
(Shipping is a huge expense.)

I can forward the e-mail with a full list of prices if you are interested, or you can contact her below.

Karen Yosafat Beleck, CEnKP, NBCR
Your Oat Matza Lady!
Maryland Kinesiology and Wellness Institute
3505 Pinkney Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21215

Anonymous said...

Whoa Tovah!
We pay between 20 and 25 (depending on where you shop you shop) in Chicago for the UK matzah!
Why is it 39.99 online?!?!?!

ByTheBay said...

Tamar: I think I've seen it for around $29 or $30 in Monsey... I don't know why the markup is so high online. I'm sticking with Lakewood (which is $23 a box) for this year.


i'm SO happy i stumbled upon you just now--my son reminded me about gf matzo two days ago!

Anonymous said...

I bought my gluten free matzah this year at . It says to order by 2008, but they took my order in 2009 :-) This weas the best price I could find. I must tell you that the matzos were very tasty, not like the packeged ones I bough last year.

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Stacey Shubitz said...

I just found out I need to start a gluten-free diet. With Pesach around the corner, I need to figure out where to get it. Any updates about the whereabouts of gluten-free matzoh for 2010?

Anonymous said...

The price has gone up to 26.99 in 2010 for the Oat Matzoh from Lakewood.