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Chemical Leaveners

Chemical Leaveners, which came along in the 1800s, revolutionized how people cooked at home. They made possible not only quick breads such as baking powder biscuits, which were a real godsend to women who even had to draw water for their cooking needs, but whole new ranges of baked goods.

Chemical Leaveners work based on the combination of alkalines with acids. The chemical reaction releases carbon dioxide, which causes the baked good to rise.

Chemical Leaveners

Baking Soda; Chemical Leaveners; Cooking Ammonia; Saleratus

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Also called:

Levure (French)


Oulton, Randal. "Chemical Leaveners." CooksInfo.com. Published 01 October 2004; revised 03 March 2007. Web. Accessed 03/19/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/chemical-leaveners>.

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