Pesach 2017: Prep, Menu and Cleanup

It’s after Pesach and I can’t believe we made it through. This was the first year that we kashered our house. Although we only spent the last 2 days at home, it was totally worth it. We loved going away, but were looking forward to being in our own space. We were also able to host some family, so that made it special as well.

The Prep

To prepare for Pesach I printed out 20 pages of lists. I was ready to tackle the prep when DH stepped in to take over with a much simpler approach. He didn’t even look at my lists. He made a menu plan, then based on the dishes we were having made a grocery list and a list of the utensils we needed to buy. He also had a short list of what needed to be cleaned/kashered.

So, two weeks before Pesach we cleaned our cars, which left the Sunday before erev Pesach free to kasher. We did our shopping throughout the week and by the time bedikas chametz came around we were ready to go.

The kids were also involved in all this prep. They were excited to have our “cleaning day.” They helped with wiping down the chairs and vacuuming all around the house. It was a family affair.

The Menu

Curious what our simple menu was? Here it is:

Night 1:

  • Chicken soup with matza balls
  • Roast
  • Potato kugel (store-bought)
  • Roasted carrots
  • Cake (store-bought)

Day 1:

  • Salmon
  • Quinoa
  • Matza pizza
  • Salad
  • Ice cream (store-bought)

Night 2:

  • Cheese blintzes (store-bought)
  • Mushroom onion quiche
  • Salad

Day 2:

  • Chicken
  • Sweet potato
  • Broccoli kugel (store-bought)
  • Cake (store-bought)

The Cleanup

The cleanup from Pesach was simple and quick. I bought 2 large plastic bins- one for meat utensils and the other for dairy. I made a list of what we had and put it all away.  It’s now stacked in basement closet with some leftover matza, all ready for next year.

And in a nutshell, that was the part of Pesach we spent at home.  And I would definitely do it again!

How was your Pesach?

Until next time,