Friday, March 4, 2016

BAKING SODA - in the kitchen

Ok, we have gone over a lot on non-edible uses for baking soda.  there are a lot of kitchen hints and tips for baking soda as well.
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.
To test your baking soda for effectiveness in cooking - sprinkle some b/s in a bit of vinegar - if it fizzes it is good to go, if not use for other things.

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!


  1. wow, Cheryl, this post got printed out and will be put inside my kitchen cabinet! thanks so much!

  2. Wow, I had no idea about most of these uses for baking soda! Thanks!