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In preparation for next year, I would like to have fresh soft matzo every day (except Shabbat / Yom Tov of course). I recently heard of the concept of an electric pizza maker. It is basically 2 heated trays of metal that cover the dough from above and below. enter image description here

To do this I will need to buy kosher for Passover flour, and make sure that the entire process is less than 18 minutes. However, what care needs to be taken so that the pizza cooker stays kosher for Passover? I won't use the device throughout the year, it will be with my Passover supplies. However, is there any issue that dough was in the device and then after I took out the matzo, some crumbs remained, and after 18 minutes turned into Chametz?

There are two issues that I can think of,

  • How can I make sure not to make Chametz on Passover?
  • After cooking, does the fact that the device cooks crumbs for longer than 18 minutes, cause the device to be not Kosher for Passover?
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  • Crumbs that are baked that stay in the oven are not a problem. That's just matza meal and doesn't become chametz with further cooking.
    – Double AA
    May 15 at 13:06
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    Making matza is a skill that average Jews excelled at for millenia. Find a person who knows it to teach you and you'll be fine (eg. judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/137598/…). Don't learn from reading blogs.
    – Double AA
    May 15 at 13:09
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    I have almost a year to prepare myself. I'm right now at the "check the internet if it's even a possibility" stage.
    – HanMah
    May 15 at 13:41
  • @DoubleAA "Matza meal" that is funny. Is this how it is called in the US? Comes from the German/Yiddish matza-mehl which is matza-flour (mehl is flour in German)
    – mbloch
    May 15 at 15:46
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    @mbloch amazon.com/Streits-Matzo-Meal/dp/B0083KUYK0 but "meal" also means [usually course-] flour in English, see definition 2 merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meal
    – Double AA
    May 15 at 16:29

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I don't see how one can make matzos at home with a pizza maker on passover and keep to all the laws.

The issues you brought up are important. First of all, Kosher-for-Passover matzo baking requires an especially hot oven. There are many others details as well. Here is one source: can we bake our own matzos (chabad)

Besides for the many potential problems in amateur matzo baking, baking matzo over the holiday is even more problematic, as even the smallest amount of chametz cannot be nullified.

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  • -1 Pizza ovens are well known for being quite hot for fast baking.
    – Double AA
    May 15 at 13:11
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    @DoubleAA pizza ovens are indeed quite hot for fast baking. Electric countertop "pizza makers" are not the same thing as pizza ovens.
    – Esther
    May 15 at 15:53
  • There is no minimum baking temperature for Matzah. As long as you preheat the pizza maker it should work fine
    – Aaron
    May 15 at 16:32

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