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How To Do a Nut-Free Pesach

Nut allergies have become increasingly popular over the past few decades. In fact, on average, it affects over 3 million Americans every year. Living with a nut allergy is a challenge, especially during Pesach, where most recipes, particularly cakes, cookies, and sweets, have some form of nuts.

Since 2005, the law requires companies to label all their food products for allergens. However, many products still might have cross-contamination. During Pesach, many of the packaged kosher for Pesach foods have cross-contamination with nuts. Many factories produce many different types of food, some of which contain nuts. This causes cross-contamination with their food, thereby making these packaged foods problematic for those with food allergies.

The Seder night

On Pesach, the Seder menu may feature a few problematic dishes. Many people like to make chicken soup with matza balls. Many Matza ball mixes contain almonds. Therefore, we recommend that you make homemade Matza balls or call the company that makes the mixture and double-check that they don’t have any cross-contamination with almonds.

Additionally, one of the essential foods of the Seder is the Charoset. Charoset is a mixture of apples, cinnamon, wine, and nuts. So, people with nut allergies must make homemade Charoset to avoid having a reaction. Finally, almost all of the cake mixes, cookies, and sweets have nuts in them. We recommend that you make some simple homemade desserts that aren’t pre-packaged.

Pre-packaged food

Many foods that are safe during the year aren’t safe during Pesach. Food such as pasta, chocolates, tomato paste, sauces, cake mix, cereals, and even some oils have traces of the nut allergen. This makes cooking on Pesach very hard. Here are some tips:

  • Keep the menu simple – make simple meals with minimal ingredients. For example, for breakfast, make a simple omelet with vegetables instead of cereal and yogurts.
  • Do your research in advance – while it can be hard to find kosher for Pesach packaged food that is safe from nuts, it isn’t impossible. Do your research at least a month before Pesach. Call the food companies and ask them how the food was made and try to determine if there is any cross-contamination.
  • Make homemade food – many allergy-free recipes are great for Pesach. By making homemade food, your family gets a delicious meal, and you can rest easy and know that your child won’t have an allergic reaction.

Conclusion

Pesach is an incredibly challenging holiday for people who have a nut allergy. Most pre-packaged foods aren’t safe, and many of the classic desserts and dishes may contain allergens. Despite this, there any many ways to overcome this problem and have a happy holiday with your family!

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Meticulous in their preparations

During our recent visit to Israel, we really struggled to find food for our son who has anaphylactic level allergies to egg and sesame. We approached both restaurants and hotels and were told they were unable or unwilling to take responsibility for preparing his food.

 After learning about Dr. Eliana on-line, we contacted her in the hopes that she could provide a ‘normal’ restaurant experience for our family.

 Both she and Shani were meticulous in their preparations with the restaurants to ensure that our son had a wonderful and safe experience.

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We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift you have given us over this Pesach- the gift of having you with us!!!!

We have NEVER felt more comfortable, calm, and at ease than we did these past 10 days. Your warmth, professionalism, kindness, and care shown through in all that you did.

My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and comfortable with you! You were so amazing and approachable to them! And they LOVED all the food you so amazingly prepared (supervised allergy-free food preparation, managed menus) for them!

It’s very difficult for us to trust people when it comes to our kids and allergies. You magically were able to take away ALL of our anxieties, and nervousness (and we don’t give that away so easily!!)

We can never fully thank you enough. We truly feel that you instantly became part of our family and we look forward to G-d willing being able to be with you and plan amazing trips with you many many many more times!!!! 

CO, Canada
April 2016

Very Helpful

Thank you and may Hashem bless you for the work you do. My son Jacob said your allergy card has been very helpful. I am so grateful- beyond words.

Yasher Koach!
L.R., NY, NY

Delicious and Safe

Thank you for delivering our allergy free baked goods to our hotel.  We just tasted the focaccia and it was delicious!

All the best,

S.C., New Jersey

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We can't thank you enough for assembling this top-notch team of specialists to work with our daughter while she is in Israel.

T.G., Philadelphia, PA

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"Food Allergy Concierge assisted us with a very helpful, detailed customized allergy card in Hebrew.  The Allergy card was extremely helpful for multiple allergies and allowed us to eat safely in several eateries and hotels. Highly recommended.”

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