Matzo Makers Hard At Work On LES Ahead Of Passover

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Passover starts on Friday at sundown and that means it’s been a busy time at a Lower East Side matzo factory.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell On The Story

“You can see it’s getting overlapped up top. Four times that way and then four times this way down here,” fifth generation matzo maker Aaron Gross said as he showed off the process at the Streit’s Matzo Co.

The dough was being fed into what’s called a sheeter.

“A sheeter is what’s going to take the dough and form it and to make it look like something that it’s going to look like a piece of matzo, rather than just a big clump of dough,” Gross told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.

The matzo spends all of 90 seconds in the oven.

“So, there’s actually going to be a guy at the end of the oven for quality control, making sure all everything looks good,” said Gross.

Matzo in wire baskets is then moved mechanically to the second floor for automated boxing and labeling.

Jewish people eat matzo, and no leavened bread, during Passover because the their ancestors didn’t have time to allow the bread to rise as they were in their exodus from Egypt.

What’s your favorite way to eat matzo? Share your tips below.

  • thesaifseye

    Wishing everyone a happy Passover. Take a look at this passover message: . Very unique.

  • Ed

    Tastes like cardboard & it has no nutritional value.

  • A yid

    Tonight is the Birthday of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Enjoy this cute children’s puppet video about Baking real hand-made matza.

  • its good to know

    How about they check out a hand matzoh bakery. Way more interesting.

    • aaron

      why not suggest it to Marla Diamond or maybe Peter Haskel. unfortunately they are still living in a world of Streits and Manishewitz.

  • aaron

    heard on the radio this pm, what if the matza takes 18 minutes and 30 seconds. it was asked by Harly Karnes. answer: it is no good and the whole operation has to be restarted. the machinery is no longer kosher for Passover.

    • B.H.

      That’s the way the world works: get a 69 on a test where 70 is needed to pass, and you fail; get to the subway a moment after the doors close, and you have to wait for the next train. To quote Fitzgerald:
      The Moving Finger writes; and having writ,
      Moves on; not all thy Piety nor Wit
      Shall lure it Back to cancel half a Line,
      Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

      • aaron

        bh, that was great. it makes sense, with those examples, then certainily the Torah can be understood when a time limit is given.


  • Anna

    Seriously? The editor went on vacation before checking the spelling in the title of this article??

    • Killdeez Mooleez

      Maybe he meant to say “mah toes”, as he was slipping on a hoody.

    • Eli

      Lol, Mazto insteatd of Matzo..

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