Why is matzah so expensive?
Posted 03 May 2011 - 08:41 PM
Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:18 PM
The flour isn't that cheap, being that it's shmurah m'shaas ketzirah, and it is cut and ground months before it is used, so proper storage facilities are necessary. The labor, which is the fast component, is very expensive. 20 2 lb. loaves of bread takes one baker a couple of minutes to shape and stick into an oven for a while, but 20 lbs. of shmurah matzah is about 100 matzos. That would require the labor of at least 8-10 people and approx. 15 minutes. The bakery baker can get paid minimum wage, whereas matzoh bakery employees can make upwards of $25-$50 hourly.
Supplies are cheap, flour+water+oven and fast, less than 18 min.
Posted 04 May 2011 - 09:13 AM
Sephardim allow this, Ashkenazim only allow matzah ashira, for the old and sick.
Which brings me to another topic, why can't there be OTHER ingredients added in, like why can't it be water+sugar+flour in <18 min?
There are really great matza ashira cookies with a good sefardic hechsher, made with flour, wine, sugar and egg, baked within 18 minutes.
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Posted 04 May 2011 - 09:21 AM
Posted 04 May 2011 - 04:35 PM
SOME sefardim. Those matza ashira cookies have been a hot topic of debate amongst sefardi poskim. Many have said they are chametz gamur!
Sephardim allow this,
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