A table setting at a Passover seder, featuring a box of matzoh on the left and a glass of wine and a haggadah in the center.

If You’re Going To Commit To Giving Up Bread For 8 Days, Here Are The 10 Steps To Passover Prep

This Friday night marks the first night of the Jewish holiday of Passover…and as all my fellow Jews know, Passover requires some serious prepping.

For those who don’t know what Passover is, it’s a Jewish holiday that celebrates their redemption from Egypt centuries ago. We retell the story of our redemption each year with family and friends, as we eat certain symbolic foods and remember the 10 plagues.

On Passover, Jews can’t eat unleavened bread or really, anything with flour in it. You can’t eat it, “own” it, or even have crumbs of it lying out. I say this as an explanation for the first few stages, for anyone who isn’t familiar with Passover.

And now, the 10 stages of preparing for Passover:

1. Spring cleaning on steroids

Every little nook, cranny, and crack is cleaned to get rid of any hidden crumbs or food.

GIF of Spongebob Squarepants frantically cleaning

2. Food shopping

Since you can’t eat any of the food you already have in the house, Passover requires a special shopping trip. This will range from ingredients for cooking to snacks.

GIF of Kristen Bell walking down a supermarket aisle and scooping a bunch of chip bags into her cart as she walks by them

3. Getting the kitchen ready

You gotta clean the kitchen, cover the counters, and tape up all the cabinets with non-Passover food and dishes.

GIF of a man cleaning a kitchen island

4. Eating only in one room because the kitchen is Passover-ready

Don’t forget to brush off any crumbs so you don’t accidentally bring any into the cleaned rooms.

GIF of a man brushing confetti off his shoulder

5. So. Much. Cooking.

GIF of a chef stirring two massive pots of pasta

6. Eating as much “regular food” as you can

Because it’s bye-bye bagels and pasta for 8 days.

GIF of Michelle Tanner (Mary Kate or Ashley Olson) shoveling pasta into her mouth on "Full House"

7. Searching for chametz the night before

Jewish kids remember getting a feather and cheap wooden spoon from day/Hebrew school just for this.

GIF of a woman in a 1950s gown standing behind a glass podium and searching the audience with a hand shielding her eyes from the lights

8. Burning the chametz

I’m actually not certain why we do this. But on the morning of the day Passover begins, you’re supposed to burn anything you found the night before as well as breakfast leftovers.

GIF of a grill in flames

9. Saying tearful goodbyes to regular food for 8 days

It’s tough. It’s really, really tough. But at least Jews know how to cook!

GIF of Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) on "New Girl" crying and wiping away tears

10. Sitting down with family and friends for the long, but fun, Seder

GIF of New Girl's Schmidt (Max Greenwell) saying "Judaism son"

*Originally posted on Odyssey

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