Posted on: Sat, 02/09/2002 - 12:03pm
Jacksmom's picture
Joined: 10/02/2001 - 09:00

Hi -

Maybe some of you Jewish ladies out there can help me. I am hosting the passover sedar for my family for the first time (22 people). My son is PA and we keep him away from all nuts. I know that Charoset (sp?) is traditionally (at least in my family) with apples, wine and crushed walnuts. As I will not allow any nuts in my house, my mom is upset that we will not be having the charoset. Anybody have a nut free recepie?


Posted on: Sun, 02/10/2002 - 5:29am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Hi JAcksmom,
I don't have time to look it up now, but promise I will post it later. Basically I make it with granny smiths, oranges, dates, grape juice and matzoh meal. Before my son became alleric to sesame, I used sesame seeds instead of matzoh meal.
If you can't wait until I post it later, check out the Jewish PA issues under Main Discussion, and do a search. I may have posted it last year.

Posted on: Sun, 02/10/2002 - 9:34am
Jacksmom's picture
Joined: 10/02/2001 - 09:00

I found it - thanks alot! Any other suggestions for a first time sedar hostess...I've never made a sit down dinner for more than 6 people...I don't know what I am going to do for over 20!

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2002 - 12:16am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Here's my advice in one word... Brisket! Even though we rarely eat red meat, I always make it for the holidays because it is one of those foods that tastes better when you make it 1-2 days ahead and let the flavors blend. It is really easy and with the following recipe, even if you get stuck with a less than perfect piece of meat, it still tastes great.
Foolproof Brisket
3 med. onions, sliced
3 1/2-4 lbs. brisket (first cut)
1/2 cup red wine
1 cup OJ
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 tsp. sugar
3 cloves garlic minced
Lawry's season salt to taste
1 Tbsp. olive oil (optional)
The night before you are going to cook, season the brisket with Lawry's and rub with a smashed clove of garlic.
Preheat oven to 325. In a large sautee pan or dutch oven, sear the meat on each side. If the meat is very lean, add olive oil before searing. If not, sear the fat side first, then the lean side without adding oil.
Remove meat. Place onions on the bottom, then place the brisket on top (fat side up). Combine wine, OJ, tomato sauce and sugar; pour over meat. Throw in minced garlic.
Cook covered for 2 1/2 hours. Raise heat to 350, and cook for additional 1/2 hour. Remove from pan to cool, slice against grain when cooled. Refrigerate pan juices and skim fat. Reheat slices in pan juices.
Now, obviously if you are having 20 people, you will have to increase this recipe accordingly. Also, you can cook it longer - it only becomes more tender.
I must say that I am actually salivating just from typing this recipe. How long til Passover? LOL!!!
Good luck!

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2002 - 10:37am
Jacksmom's picture
Joined: 10/02/2001 - 09:00

That sounds fabulous. I may have to test run it before hand. My husband loves all forms of red meat so i am sure he will be a willing guniea pig! Thanks again

Posted on: Sat, 02/23/2002 - 4:06am
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Joined: 06/06/2002 - 09:00

Check this out: [url=""][/url]
I think they updated their site! If you click on "Health Corner" they have lists for peanut and nut free items, egg free, wheat free, etc. They also have recipes and list their items available year round and also for Passover. I think this company is doing a great job!
If anyone has contact info for other Kosher companies I would appreciate the info so that I can call them too.

Posted on: Mon, 03/25/2002 - 10:52am
elainerap's picture
Joined: 03/25/2002 - 09:00

Help please! I can't find the charoset recipe that you have mentioned, and I need it desperately for our seder in 2 days. I would be very grateful if someone could repost the recipe for me.
thanks very much
I'm mom to 4 year old PA boy

Posted on: Tue, 03/26/2002 - 7:08am
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Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

This is it roughly - I really don't use a recipe, but taste as I go along.
Nut-free Charoset
3 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and chopped
1-2 navel oranges, peeled and chopped
10-15 pitted dates, chopped
1/4 - 1/3 cup matzoh meal (even better with sesame seeds, if you can use them)
3-4 Tbsps. grape juice, or sweet Passover wine
Mix all ingredients except matzoh meal together. Add just enough matzoh meal to hold together. Hint: Chop oranges first, then add apples to keep them from browning. This can be made up to 2 days ahead of time, and really tastes best if made at least one day ahead.

Posted on: Fri, 03/25/2005 - 9:39am
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Posted on: Thu, 04/10/2003 - 4:32am
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Joined: 06/24/2002 - 09:00

You may want to do a search on the boards - plenty of discussion on this topic. The only company I know of that specifically addresses this allergy issue is Manischewitz - they list peanut/nut-free products on their website. We try to stick with their products.

Posted on: Fri, 04/11/2003 - 2:06am
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Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Welcome Zimm!
Yonit is correct; Manischewitz has a great website with very complete allergy information (their packaging is not quite up to par with the website though, so if you have questions defer to the website). Also, they are extremely responsive to phone requests.
A Ziesen Pesach to you and your family!


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