Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Uses for Baking Soda You May Not Know

 We all know that baking soda is used for cleaning, health & hygiene, etc.  There are many, many uses.
It is also very useful when cooking - in ways that not many people may know.

This is how I buy it!  I use it for so many things.  I keep a sealed container in the cabinet (and date it) for kitchen use, have a container in the bathroom, a container in the frig and one in the freezer, and a container under the sink.
So very useful!

Here are a few ideas many don't realize.  I hope you find something you can use.
  • A pinch added to water when soaking dry beans - helps remove gassiness.
  • Add 1 tsp. baking soda to the cooking water for rice to improve fluffiness
  • Omelets are fluffier if you add 1/2 tsp. baking soda to about every 3 eggs
  • If your gravy separates, add a pinch of baking soda to help get the oils and fats to stick back together
  • Tenderize tough meat by rubbing it with a little baking soda.  Let it stand for a few hours and then rinse and cook
  • Rubbing b. soda into the fat surrounding pork chops makes them fry crispier
  • To remove the fishy taste of fresh fish - soak raw fish for an hour or so in 2 Tbsp. baking soda to 1 quart of water.  Rinse and cook
  • Add a pinch of b. soda to buttermilk waffles/pancakes to make them fluffier and lighter.
  • Soften the strong taste of wild game by soaking in baking soda and water over night.  Rinse, dry and cook
  • TEST your acidic level of tomatoes.  Dip a damp spoon into baking soda, then stir in tomatoes.  Bubbling means a high acidity level
  • Cut the acid in tomato sauce or chili by adding a pinch of baking soda
  • Eliminate the gas effect of baked beans by adding a dash of baking soda while cooking
  • Cook cauliflower in water with 1 tsp, soda added.  Keeps it white and reduces odor
  • If you have a boil water order - it does change the taste.  Soften the taste by adding 1 Tbsp. soda to a gallon of water
  • A pinch in a cup of coffee takes away bitterness
  • Add 1/4 tsp. of soda to 8 oz. of OJ, grapefruit juice or real lemonade and stir.  It will fizz (like soda pop), but reduces acidic levels.
  • Add a pinch of soda to potatoes while mashing - it makes them fluffy
  • Tart berries can be sweetened by adding a 1/2 tsp. soda before adding sugar.  You will use less sugar when making pies and cobblers
  • Sprinkle baking soda on fresh pineapple to improve the flavor - especially if it is not quite ripe
  • Add about a teaspoon of soda when making fruitcake to make the color of the cake darker and to soften the fruit a bit
I like to mix some baking soda with vinegar water to clean the waxy build-up on fruits and veggies purchased at the store.

Most people think of baking soda as a leavening agent and it is sooooooo much more.  It is probably the one item we can purchase that has the most uses.
It can sweeten fruit, remove acid, tenderize meat and fix many cooking mishaps.  It can make a good cook an even better cook!!!

I hope this helps and gives you some new ideas to try.
Baking soda - it isn't just for baking any more!!!!!!!!


  1. That is quite a list! Use a paste of baking soda and water to remove sticky label residue. Also a paste of b soda and water on insect bites.

    1. Agree to both of those. Just so many uses.
      Mom always used a paste of soda and water on our bee stings.

  2. When it gets too old to cook with... I put some in the fridge to keep things fresh

    1. Me too. This was just some odd things many hadn't ever heard before.

  3. Wow thanks!!!
    Most of those ideas are new to me.

  4. Wow, I did not know this. Thanks. I have stomach issues with tomatoes and the thing is I love tomato based recipes. So I need to do this. Thanks. This is a keeper.

    1. You are welcome. that would be wonderful if that helped you enjoy tomato products without problems.

  5. Baking soda destroys many nutrients so should not be used in place of regular salt. 1/4 teaspoon will leaven 1 cup of flour if a bit of acidic liquid (buttermilk or yogurt) is in the recipe. A bit of cream of tartar is also acidic for leavening purposes. There are 1259 milligrams of sodium in 1 teaspoon of baking soda so not something to be used often. Salt has twice as much sodium and should also be used sparingly to avoid high blood pressure.

    1. I realize that baking soda is high in sodium. These are just tricks to use now and then to remedy a situation. Sometimes mishaps happen and need to be remedied instead of throwing away the hole thing.
      Thanks for the tip.

  6. Wow I had no idea! Great list I am marking this post.

    1. Thanks and you are welcome. Hope it comes in handy

  7. I hear you can add a little when making Southern Sweet Tea to reduce cloudiness, too :). Thanks, Cheryl~great tips as always!
    Mary in San Diego

    1. Oh what a neat tip! I will try that.
      You are welcome. Thank you.

  8. When I have a greasy mess, I add Dawn and baking soda on the surface of whatever. Then I mix together as I wash the greasy surface without using much water. It seems the two together work better than either one alone. I use a large container like you do. I put some into a Kraft Parmesan shaker, the green kind. It is so easy to use that way for cleaning.

    1. That is how I keep mine under the sink. Great minds!
      That is a great idea to mix those 2 together for stains. I love that.

  9. Baking soda is the bomb! I keep a Costco size bag in the pantry.

    Another gorgeous sunny day!