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From my understanding, the dough becomes chametz if it is not baked within 18 minutes. So, aren't all matzot 18 minutes? Like the words of the seder, what makes the "18 minute" matzot different from all other (non shmurah) matzot?

  • Many think dough doesn't necessarily become chametz after 18 minutes – Double AA Mar 17 '15 at 2:51
  • @DoubleAA - is this a common opinion, now? – DanF Mar 17 '15 at 2:57
  • I think it's just marketing/another way of saying it's not chametz... – Loewian Mar 17 '15 at 3:02
  • (There are plenty of chametz/non-kosher for passover matzot on the market for the rest of the year) – Loewian Mar 17 '15 at 3:03
  • Perhaps בצק החרש אם יש כיוצא בו שהחמיץ הרי זה אסור: גמ' אם אין שם כיוצא בו מהו א"ר אבהו אמר ר' שמעון בן לקיש כדי שילך אדם ממגדל נוניא לטבריא מיל ונימא מיל הא קמ"ל דשיעורא דמיל כממגדל נוניא ועד טבריא – Shmuel Brin Mar 17 '15 at 3:41
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In current matzah parlance, “18-minute matzah” means that the entire matzah line is cleaned every 18 minutes

https://oukosher.org/passover/articles/getting-to-know-your-matzah/

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