Yehuda Gluten-Free Matzo

By | Apr 14, 2011

[This is a guest post by Jennifer North, Vice President of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.]

Yehuda Gluten-Free MatzoReferred to as the “Feast of Unleavened Bread,” the Jewish holiday of Passover is centered around food and conscious eating. Matzo, specifically, is a main staple of the Passover diet and a central symbolic food within the Passover Seder, generally observed the first and second nights of this 8-day holiday. For a commentary relating the spiritual and symbolic basis of Passover to the gluten-free diet, I invite you to read my staff blog on the topic.

This blog post, however, will focus on my review of Yehuda Matzo, a product of Kedem. There are two types of gluten-free matzo available on the market. Introduced several years ago by two companies, oat matzo is extremely expensive. While technically not prohibited during Passover unless it comes into contact with water for more than 18 minutes, grains (including oats) are avoided during Passover unless they are part of a Matzo product that has been manufactured under strict Rabbinic supervision.

Alternatively, Yehuda Gluten-Free Matzo-Style Squares are made from potato and tapioca starch. They look, and almost feel, like the wheat-based matzo we grew up with. And at $5-7 per box, they’re affordable.

The downside? The high starch concentration can change the taste and texture. Since regular matzo is made solely with wheat flour and water, there is a very specific flavor and texture, which makes it difficult to mimic. Right out of the box, I found the Yehuda matzo to be smooth to the touch and somewhat brittle. When I took a bite, I could not pinpoint a specific taste and the texture itself was at first crunchy, then generally starchy.

While a perfectly acceptable substitute for matzo at our Seder (and I say this from a personal, not religious perspective), I would not eat this matzo right out of the box. Butter does add a welcome saltiness to the cracker, but cream cheese provides more of a compliment to its blandness.

The real test, however, was whether or not this matzo would hold up when fried. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised.

gluten-free fried matzoPassover just isn’t Passover without fried matzo (or matzo brei) for breakfast. Some prefer savory, others salty, fried matzo is a simple breakfast that only my Jewish friends love. And it’s pretty amazing how much variety can be found in a dish that requires you only to soak the matzo in water, add an egg and fry.

I was a little nervous that my matzo would dissolve when soaked in water. But to my surprise, it held up extremely well. As a matter of fact, when I added the egg, I couldn’t tell the difference between this batch of gluten-free matzo and its wheat counterpart. The matzo behaved nicely in the pan, browning perfectly in 3-5 minutes.

I prefer my fried matzo savory, so I added salt and dug in. As I suspected during preparation, the matzo held the egg very nicely. The butter, egg and salt provided enough flavor to counteract the lack of flavor in the matzo cracker itself.

Depending on your cooking time and method, fried matzo can be mushy. This matzo was no exception. In the areas where I was able to get thin layer of matzo and a hard fry, the matzo was slightly crunchy and held up well. Where I allowed areas of the dish to fry in larger clumps, the matzo cracker did become mushy and the egg and starch mix was a little overpowering.

In seeing the package and the similar size, shape and texture to regular matzo, I did get nervous about the company’s manufacturing practices. In contacting Kedem, I learned that while the matzo is not made in a dedicated facility, the company did test the product to ensure customer safety.

All in all, I give Yehuda Gluten-Free Matzo-Style Squares a thumbs up.

39 Comments so far
  1. Jessica April 14, 2011 9:34 am

    I bought these as well and was quite pleased with the resulting matzo brei. Has anyone tried grinding the crackers to make a meal to create matzo balls for soup?? I’m going to do this on Monday but wondered if anyone has already tried and can claim success?

  2. Snow April 14, 2011 2:14 pm

    How do we get the GF Matzo?

  3. ellen April 15, 2011 5:19 pm

    hello, can you please let me know where you purchased the yehuda gluten free matzo?
    thanking you for your time. happy holidays. always, ellen

  4. melvin j schwartz April 18, 2011 3:50 pm

    Where can I buy YEhuda gluten free matza in Albuquerque, New Mexico OR can I buy it on line and from whom??

    Thank you,

    Mel Schwartz

  5. wilma ruskin April 21, 2011 6:23 pm

    Where can I buy it? I live in Princeton, New Jersey.

    Thanks.

  6. Sharon April 23, 2011 5:53 am

    Hi. I just tried the yehuda Gluten free matzo, and they were excellent !!!!
    The only problem is when I went back to the NJ Shoprite that sold them yesterday, they were sold out and they could not answer me if they were getting them back in stock.
    Would you know where I could get them in the NJ / PA Area ??
    Please let me know.
    Thanks

  7. Adele April 23, 2011 3:22 pm

    I find that this product tastes similar to Baked Lay’s, although not as potatoey. It did, however, make delicious matzah butter crunch. I’m glad to know it makes good fried “matzah”.

  8. Maryann April 23, 2011 7:24 pm

    Contrary to Cheryl’s feelings, I thought the gluten free matzah was such a wonderful welcome to my household where I have been gluten free for quite a number of years and really missed not being able to have it until this year. If anything, I thought the matzah was too salty. My daughter made a dessert using the matzah with chocolate and Earth Balance(a dairy free butter,which also has quite a bit of salt content, but I am also dairy intolerant) and I found it too salty because of the 2 together being quite salty on their own. You can always add salt. I even thought nutritional yeast had been used in the making because the matzah had a little bit of a cheesy flavor.

  9. Maryann April 23, 2011 7:25 pm

    We really liked the matzah very much.

  10. fred peltz April 24, 2011 11:49 am

    I used it this passover and found it to be quite good. Eating it dry or with cream cheese or even peanut butter, it works well. The only problem is finding where to buy it.

  11. Charles Burkhart May 10, 2011 3:48 pm

    I want Yehuda gluten-free matzo all year round. How can I order them OTHER than at Passover season?? (I’ve tried Amazaon. They have none now.)

    Thanks

  12. Valerie Merrill October 10, 2011 1:13 pm

    I brought a box with me to the Passover Seder that I attended, it was a great hit, the plates I laid it on were empty by the end, while the wheat ones remained. People tried it with cream cheese, jams, cheeses, etc. and loved it!!!!!! I highly recommend it. Have tried to get the stores in my home town of Albuquerque to purchase it again, as they sold out fast, even before the second day of Passover. To me the GF Matza with potato startch, taste like French Fries. Using Brie cheese, or Roufourt Blue chees on it is wonderful. Its lighter in weight, very delicate, and delicious. You will love it too.

    We want GF Matza year round also, and can’t find it anywhere, any suggestions?

  13. bambi November 17, 2011 10:08 pm

    We would love the company to make GF matzo year round too…any possibility of this???

  14. Mark Bogdany February 11, 2012 10:32 pm

    Was interested in learning if they lowered the salt content of the gluten free matzo this year?
    Where cna I purchase them in Central New Jersey?
    Will some of the Shop-Rites be offering them?
    Thank you!
    Mark

  15. Lenore Lerer February 23, 2012 6:35 pm

    I am trying to find the gluten-free matzohs in Bergen County New Jersey. I was told to look in Stop and Shop, but the Paramus store did not have them. Please advise.

  16. gwen February 26, 2012 1:18 pm

    I just bought the Yehuda GF Matzo Style Squares yesterday from Whole Foods. They told that it is a seasonal item they carry until April. If I wanted to buy additional quantities, they would let me do so until April.

  17. steven March 1, 2012 5:32 pm

    we are a store front and online store carring the ehuday matzos and alot of other gluten free products all year around worth a trip or check us out on the web we are ONLY gluten free and hassle free customer service your looking for

  18. Ed March 3, 2012 9:13 pm

    I bought the Yehuda GF matza at the Evanston, IL Jewel-Osco for Pesach 2011, and as I recall I paid something like $7.99 for them. I later saw them at a Whole Foods in Chicago for $4.99. This year I saw them at the Whole Foods in White Plains, NY for $8.99. I went to Amazon and found they were even MORE expensive at their site. Last year I phoned Yehuda to ask them what they charge for these matzot. They told me they had no suggested retail price. If Whole Foods could charge $4.99 for them in Chicago I would guess they went for no more tan $3 wholesale, and probably less. This is becoming a rip-off of the kosher consumer.

    I asked Yehuda if they would be selling them year-round, and they said yes. That was last year, and I did not see them anywhere until now.

    My assessment of their taste: much tastier than any other matzah, with a slight potato chip flavor, and ultra-thin. These are wonderful matzot, but I do not like being gouged; so I will look for a fair price, and if I do not find it I will not buy them or I will only buy one or two boxes.

  19. Wendy E March 5, 2012 9:11 pm

    Just left the Whole Foods in Jericho NY and thehe Yehuda GF matzah was selling for $8.99/box. I do agree that this product is delicious– but the the Yehunda regular matzah was $3.99/box.

    I have celiac disease and must be gluten-free, but that price is outragous!

  20. Wendy E March 5, 2012 9:12 pm

    I just left the Whole Foods in Jericho NY and the Yehuda GF matzah was selling for $8.99/box. I do agree that this product is delicious– but the the Yehunda regular matzah was $3.99/box.

    I have celiac disease and must be gluten-free, but that price is outragous!

  21. Ed March 9, 2012 3:43 am

    I found the Yehuda GF at a half-way decent price at two places in White Plains, NY. The Stop ‘n Shop has both the Plain and the Toasted Onion for $5.99. It’s not with the other matza; you need to walk down to the end of the Passover aisle, and it’s in an area with other GF Passover items. The Shoprite at City Place (the newest mall in White Plains) has only the Toasted Onion for $5.49.

    A word on the Toasted Onion flavor; I didn’t like it. To me, it tasted like burnt onion. I stocked up on the Plain.

    Best of luck, and have a Chag Sameach.

  22. Shlomit Grantz March 20, 2012 8:49 am

    I live in Israel and I’ve never seen this product..I usually buy Oat Matzo but it’s very difficult to eat, so do you know who sells this in Israel, specially either Jerusalem or Modiin?

    Thanks,

    Shlomit

  23. [...] anticipation of Passover, the buzz has been building around Yehuda Gluten Free Matzo Style Squares. The product was a huge hit last year, and customers requested the gluten-free option long after [...]

  24. Miriam Parizade April 1, 2012 2:23 am

    Can I buy these matzah in Israel?
    Thank you.

  25. [...] you or anyone you know is interested, the brand of Gluten Free Matzo-Style Squares is Yehuda, imported from Israel and Imported by HKS Marketing Ltd, Bayonne, New Jersey, 07002 [...]

  26. Beth April 7, 2012 11:52 pm

    Thank you Yehuda! My Passover is complete now.

  27. melanie solmon April 8, 2012 2:02 pm

    These Matzahs are amazing, better than regular matzah but I am not able to find them any more and could only find 2 boxes, can I still order them or find them anywhere in Toronto?

  28. melanie solmon April 8, 2012 2:04 pm

    These matzahs are great, can we find them anywhere else in Toronto, as the two places I got them from are sold out!
    thank you
    Melanie Solmon

  29. Joyce Gerber April 11, 2012 12:41 pm

    Yehuda Gluten Free Matzo-Style Squares, toasted Onion is to die for. It is the best tasting Matzo out there. One problem If you did not purchase more than (1) box it was gone in all stores. This should be on the aisle daily in the Kosher section. I would like to purchase a half case this minute. Live in S.D. CA

  30. Lorraine April 12, 2012 1:27 pm

    I did make the matzo balls using this matzo..They were pretty good, especially once they were in the soup..I made the easiest recipe I could find…Typical stuff. Separating yolks from whites, crushing matzo in bag, etc. Just look on line…

  31. Laura April 16, 2012 12:32 am

    Whole Foods will order them by the case, it’s a lot, but probably worth it??

  32. beryl wagner May 21, 2012 12:19 pm

    I have tried to get in touch with mks marketing in NJ. No Luck. You need to get GF on the selves of Whole Foods, Kroger, Publix . I own Coastal Marketing and would be interested in assisting with the process. We need the GF products to be made more available to those of us who need the foods.

  33. Sarah June 8, 2012 10:41 pm

    I just tried the gluten free Matzo-toasted onion!!!!OMG THE BEST CRACKERS I’VE HAD!!!!!Got them at Natures Food Patch in Clearwater FL!!!!!

  34. Theresa DeGregory December 5, 2012 8:47 am

    Hi
    I have enjoyed yehuda gluten free matzo-style squares but now I need to know where to purchase more. I live in Melbourne, Florida.
    The website I gave is my Natural Skin Care business website

  35. Alicia December 6, 2012 2:56 pm

    Hi there! You can buy them online from Yehuda directly or you can check Amazon. I’ve seen them there before. https://www.glutenfreematzo.com/

  36. Kimberly March 7, 2013 7:26 am

    I’ve seen them in both Kroger and Meijer already in Indiana this year. I’m glad for the alternative since I’ve discovered I also can’t have oats.

  37. Bobbie Mitchell May 8, 2013 12:16 pm

    I am not Jewish.. BUT with all due respect..THANK YOU for making these. I am allergic to wheat gluten and since finding this out my life has been turned upside down. You know .. I am thankful that …you.. have created something that I can actually eat.. thank you

  38. Dana S November 7, 2013 3:28 am

    Like Bobbie, I am not Jewish, but I absolutely LOVE these Matzos and don’t know what I would do without them. After being diagnosed with gluten intolerance, I searched high and low for a decent cracker. Most were just okay. Then I ran across these. They are delicious and I eat them with all kinds of toppings and dips. Great with tuna, salami, cheese and alone (I prefer the onion matzos)

    I get mine at Vitacost. If you use the following link, you will get $10 off your first order of $30 or more https://www.vitacostrewards.com/g0QTX6T

    They carry both the onion and plain for under $8 a box, but often have them on buy one, get one 50% off. And shipping is free on orders over $50.

  39. Ann March 21, 2014 9:47 pm

    I attempted a matzo brie with this product but the flavor and texture did not hold up.

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