This is definitely a pantry staple!
Here we go!!!!!
- You are out of baking POWDER - substitute 1/4 tsp. b/s PLUS 1/8 tsp. cream of tartar. Don't have cream of tartar? Use 1/4 tsp. b/s PLUS 1/2 C sour milk, buttermilk or yogurt (decrease liquid in recipe by 1/2)
- Make your own self-rising flour. 3 1/2 C flour, 1 3/4 tsp. baking powder, 1 3/4 tsp. b/s and 1 3/4 tsp. salt
- yeast can be replaced in a recipe with equal parts of baking soda and powdered vitamin C. The dough will rise while baking
- In a recipe calling for sour milk or buttermilk, substitute fresh milk and 3/4 tsp. of baking soda! Good to know when out of vinegar or lemon juice!!!!
- Add a tsp. of b/s to cooking water for rice to improve fluffiness
- If you add too much vinegar to a recipe, add a pinch of b/s to counteract
- Omelets are fluffier if you add 1/2 tsp. b/s for every 3 eggs
- When gravy separates, add a pinch of b/s to oils and fats to stick back together
- Tenderize meat by rubbing it with b/s. Let it sit for several hours, then rinse and cook
- Rub the fat around pork chops with b/s to make it crispier when frying
- Reduce the FISHY taste of raw fish by soaking it at least an hour in 2 Tbsp. of b/s in a quart of water. Rinse and cook
- Add a bit of b/s to dry beans or baked beans when cooking to rid of the gaseous effect. I also soak my dry beans in water and baking soda overnight before cooking in clean water
- Add a pinch of b/s to tomato products to reduce the acidity level
- To test acidity of tomatoes - dip a moist spoon in b/s then in tomatoes. Bubbling means they have a high acid level
- Keep cauliflower WHITE and it's odor down by adding a tsp. of b/s to water or steamer
- Tart blackberries can be sweetened by adding 1/2 tsp. b/s before adding sugar in pies and cobblers
- If you have to boil water before drinking it - add 1 tbsp. b/s per gallon to soften the water.
- Add 1/4 tsp. b/s to a cup of coffee to reduce bitterness
- Add 1/4 tsp. of b/s to 8 oz. of orange juice, grapefruit juice or lemonade, and stir. It will add fizz to the drink and reduce acidity.
I hope that this post and the previous one has convinced you that you NEED to keep quite a bit of baking soda in your pantry. It is ever so versatile and definitely FRUGAL!