Leavening Agents

During the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Yahweh commands that no leavening be eaten or found on our premises, Exodus 12:19-20. Leavening is a substance used in doughs and batters that causes them to rise. Below are leavening agents and products found in a variety of foods that must be used up or removed by the Feast of Unleavened Bread along with a list of products often confused as leavening.

Leavening Agents and Products (please note that this is not an all encompassing list)

  • Yeast
  • Baker’s yeast
  • Active dried yeast
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate)
  • Sourdough
  • Sourdough starter
  • Ammonium carbonate
  • Ammonium bicarbonate
  • Potassium carbonate
  • Potassium bicarbonate
  • Dipotassium carbonate
  • Beer/wine/alcohol
  • Preparation H
  • Cat and dog foods with yeast
  • Toothpastes with baking soda

The below agents and products are often confused as leavening, but are not. 

  • Puffed cereals
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Yeast extract
  • Autolyzed yeast extract
  • Soda pop
  • Egg whites
  • Alum
  • Sodium caseinate
  • Calcium carbonate
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