Baking soda is a fine white powder that is often used in making baked goods. When the baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is combined with certain ingredients, such as brown sugar, cocoa, or any other product that has moisture and is acidic, it results in carbon dioxide bubbles. This is what makes these baked goods rise and take on the light, airy texture that they are supposed to have. However, when baking there are times in which a person may be looking for a substitute for baking soda, when they do not have this on hand. Fortunately, you have the following methods to make baking soda substitutes that can be utilized.

Part 1: What Can Be Used to Substitute Baking Soda?


Make Substitute for Baking Soda with Baking Powder

How to make: Replace baking soda with double-acting baking powder can be one of you choices. If you recipe need 1 teaspoon baking soda, you will need to put 3 teaspoon baking powder to get the same amount of leavening power, which may takes some kind of bitter. One to be noted is that make sure your baking powder is still effective.

Where to use: Such an substitute can be used for recipes like cookies, pancakes, biscuits, and most recipes that need baking soda.


Make Substitute for Baking Soda with Potassium Bicarbonate

A baking soda replacement also could be potassium bicarbonate, but you must know what you are doing in order to get the taste and consistency of baked goods correct with this ingredient.

How to make the substitute: In order to make this, you first must have potassium bicarbonate, which can be rather difficult to find. This ingredient is often used in treating acid reflux or hypertension, so you can try your local pharmacy or supplement store for potassium bicarbonate. In order to make the substitute for baking soda, the person will need to combine 1 teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate with 1/3 teaspoon of salt for the right consistency. This combination is going to yield an equivalent of 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

How to use it: This substitute for baking soda is great when used in cookies and similar baked goods. It is also a great substitute for those who are on a salt restricted diet. If this is the case, they can omit the salt and simply use pure potassium bicarbonate.


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  • Store the baking soda in a cool, dry place to avoid clumping.
  • You can place a box of baking soda in the refrigerator or freezer in order to absorb any bad odors that may be present.
  • Baking soda can be used in cleaning and is often a great way to scour any item that may have a stubborn stain.
  • Baking soda is used in devil's food cake, because when combined with cocoa, baking soda helps this to appear more red, rather than brown.
  • When there is a grease fire, or an electrical fire, sprinkling baking soda on the fire can help to put out the flames.
  • When boiling vegetables, sprinkling baking soda into the pot, helps vegetables to maintain their color. However, this does reduce the vitamin C in some vegetables.
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