Pesach In The Good Old Days

Up to my eyeballs in writing about Pesach preparation. Not so much in practicing what I preach. The house is organized and more or less ready, other than the kitchen. But, well, this year it’s just me and the KoD and we will be out for most meals and both sedarim, so why make myself insane, right? I have made Pesach for 17 years. It does get easier and you do realize what is necessary and what isn’t.

Truth be told though, these days with the Pesach prep starting for some the day after Purim, it’s become rather out of hand. I remember growing up, two days before Pesach we did the food / grocery shopping, we turned over the kitchen EREV Pesach, and while that was happening the Pesach dishes were dragged downstairs from the attic.

Food was cooked in time, and there was plenty of it. We didn’t need to start a week before. We sat down to seder happy and thankful and no one was like a wet schmatta.

I feel that these days we are all overachievers. We want the best food and the most choice of mains and sides at the seder, we want everything perfect. Who wants to eat a six course meal at 11 o’clock at night? Keep it simple. And remember, when yomtov is not on Shabbat, you can cook on the day.

Pesach cleaning is just about ridding the house of chametz. It is not about spring cleaning every nook and cranny. Trust me, that crystal chandelier doesn’t have any breadcrumbs in it – and even if it did, by now they’d be burnt to a crisp and inedible.

My message to you, folks, is BREATHE! (Thanks Tanya for the reminder). Enjoy the holiday – don’t make yourselves crazy.


6 responses to “Pesach In The Good Old Days

  1. dirt is not chametz. period.

  2. I don’t know. Back in the day, my mom certainly spent lots of time cleaning for pesach beforehand. It was not a last minute deal at all & it was surely very stressful b/c there just IS so much to do especially in the few days b/f pesach with all of the cooking & preparations.

  3. lady lock and load

    Maybe in the olden days more women were stay at home so they could start with the cleaning and cooking later. Nowadays, many women work full time and need to be very organized and start early, especially if they are having alot of company.
    I say to each his or her own, everyone has their own style and their own technique and everyone gets there one way or another.

  4. lady lock and load

    For many families, not only is the Pesach preparation stressful but the financial stress on a family can be huge, especially for a struggling family.

  5. I’m not sure what’s optimal, but 2 days before would be too late for me to start preparing. On the other hand, even 3 weeks before is much too early.

    Best decision I ever made was to skip making kugels and other time-consuming side dishes for the seder, and just serve baked potatoes (and baked sweet potatoes). I never liked grating with an unfamiliar food processor, or grating by hand. And no one has complained.

  6. I heard this in a shir a few years ago and its so relevant. NOt sure where this originated, but here it is…
    “Dust is not chametz and your family is not the korban pesach”.

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