Five Places Yeast Likes to Hide
“Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. . . . Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread,” (Exodus 12:15, 19–20).
I’ve been cleaning or helping to clean out houses for years. Nevertheless, invariably, during every Feast of Unleavened Bread, I’ll find something.
Last year, the failing was as blatant as a small brown jar on the top shelf of the fridge. The words Active Yeast were printed across the label in big blue letters.
One year, we had company during the feast. When I pulled out the sofa bed, a million cracker crumbs scattered across the floor.
Another year, it was the baking soda to deodorize the freezer, or the food I planned for the evening.*
Occasionally, we’ll hit a drive-thru when pressed for time. That on-the-go breakfast, pizza, or otherwise never sounds so good as when it’s off-limits—even to our subconsciouses.
It’s amazing how the leavening will sneak in when you’re distracted.
Here are five places we’ve learned to double-check each year:
- Flavorings in seasoning mixes or ready-made food
- Lunch meat, turkey bacon, and other meats from the prepackaged meat department
- Dog food
- Deodorants, toothpaste, shampoos, conditioners, and all cleaning products
“Your glorying is not good. Know ye that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” (1 Corinthians 5:6).
*This is different from household to household. In our family, we clean out yeast, baking soda, and baking powder. You can decide if things like dog food or toothpaste deserve examination.