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Frugal food shopping for the Anglo Israeli

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Is this place for real???

If you saw a food product that is suspicious for whatever reason or if you would like to know if a food manufacturer or caterer has a manufacturers’ license from Misrad Habriut, click on this link to look up the manufacturer.  You can also find out what products they are licensed to manufacture.

Some examples:

  • Osher Ad in Givat Shaul in Jerusalem has a license as a butcher (אטליז).  That means that they are allowed to package ground beef without a customer present. (A butcher without a manufacturers’ license can only grind meat in front of the customer)
  • Meatland in Raanana has a license to manufacture refrigerated and frozen prepared foods and frozen dough to be sold on the premises only.
  • Kibbutz Shalavim’s kitchen has a license to manufacture prepared foods to be sold off the premises (e.g. a catering hall).

What does it mean if the food business you are looking up is not on the list?  First of all, you should know that restaurants, supermarkets, and food stands do not get a manufacturers’ license from Misrad HaBriut- they get a business licence from the municipality they are located in.  If you still think the business should be on the list and is not, contact your district health office through the link on the page or the central line at *5400.

Another important point to make is that caterers that provide food to educational institutions must have a manufacturers license.  Find out who caters the hot meals in your child’s school/gan/tzaharon and make sure they have an up to date license.   The requirement is not applicable for private educational facilities and food that is not brought into the school by the school (e.g. vaad horim), but is a minimum standard that you should insist upon.  The section that applies to catering is titled “מזון מוכן להגשה מחוץ למקום הכנתו – הסעדה (קייטרינג) כריכים”.

Rosh Hashana is coming- cook your vegetable dishes now!

Normally I start warning you in July about the impending collision between the beginning of school and the month of non-stop holidays.  This year we have all been somewhat distracted by kidnappings, Tzuk Eitan, and more.  With the 72 hour truce currently holding, I will be cautiously optimistic and begin my persistent reminders.

Why do we need to start thinking about Rosh Hashana now?  For those of us with children, the beginning of the school year is a very stressful time- learning schedules, getting all of the supplies/clothing/lunches organized, finding chugim, babysitters, tzaharonim and more.  The last thing we need to worry about is making meals for a month of holidays!

This year there is another issue that needs to be addressed- shmita.  However you decide to hold, shmita invariably results in increased prices for fruits and vegetables and occasionally (unfortunately) the guest who doesn’t hold by your standards.  For this reason I recommend you start stocking your freezer with as many vegetable dishes as you can- potato kugels, pashtidot, apple pie, etc.  This way you are taking advantage of the currently low prices and are using vegetables and fruits that don’t have holiness- kedusha.

What vegetables are cheap this week? Potatoes, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers, and onions have been 2.90 shekels/kg in several stores.  Last year I posted my freezable potato kugel recipe; today I will post my carrot cake/kugel recipe.  This recipe makes 4-5 English cake tins depending on the size of the tin.  They freeze with ease for several months.

Carrot Kugel (Pareve)

Adapted from The Kosher Palette


1 bag of carrots

3 cups of whole wheat flour (even if your family doesn’t like whole wheat, this is a great recipe to hide it in) or white flour

1 1/2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar

1 1/2 cups white sugar

4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 cups canola oil

6 large eggs

3 teaspoons vanilla extract


Peel and boil carrots until they are completely soft.  Mash them with a fork.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with a fork until completely combined.  Pour into pans about halfway full and bake in a 180C oven for 45 minutes (for turbo drop to about 20 minutes).  Kugel is cooked when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  (Don’t  forget this step- it is hard to tell if they are cooked through without confirming)  Wrap well with aluminum foil when cool and freeze.

Feel free to post your TNT (tried n’ true) freezable fruit/vegetable recipes as well!

Rosh Hashana shopping

Yes, I DID say Rosh Hashana shopping!

Erev Rosh Hashana is Sunday, September 16.  That is only 3 weeks after the kids are back at school.

Now is the time to start working on your menu!  If there are certain foods you make every year, such as the simanim, now is the time to start “collecting.”

I know that it is a hard time to start thinking about shelling out money, what with kaytana, school books, etc., but it won’t get any easier if you buy it all at once in September.

Some things you shouldn’t buy now, like gefilte fish- that is always a loss leader.   Other things you can stock up on.  For example, we use spinach as one of our simanim, and we go through a lot of spinch burecas.  I picked up our favorite brand of burecas today at 2/30 shekels at Rami Levy.

I will be watching the sales and will post a Rosh Hashana alert if I see a good deal.

Look for the rimon for a Rosh Hashana deal:

Of course, if you have a large freezer, you can also start some of your baking or preparing DUMP chicken recipes (for more on DUMP chicken, check out Once a Month Cooking).  Remember, after Rosh Hashana, we have 3 more weeks of holidays- the more you do ahead of time, the more you can enjoy Chol Hamoed Sukkot with your family!

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