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By Natural heartburn home remedies | March 28, 2010

Baking soda substitute

 

Baking soda substitute for cooking recipes is a little touchy!

Generally speaking, it is possible to substitute Baking soda with Baking powder, but be aware, whatever you are preparing in your oven will have a slightly different taste.

The taste will vary depending on what you are cooking and especially the amount of cream tartar and cornstarch you have mixed as substitute for Baking Soda.

For those who are unfamiliar with the baking soda substitute ingredients required for baking powder.

As a rule of thumb, 3 teaspoons of baking powder for 1 teaspoon of Baking soda will do the job.

Baking powder will require a portion of cream tartar mix with cornstarch.

For example, if you are preparing a recipe that requires 1 teaspoon of Baking soda, most cooking experts will recommend 3 teaspoons of baking powder. The baking powder used as a substitute has already been mixed with 2 teaspoons cream of tartar and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch.

The debate still rages among cooking experts, whether the ratio of baking soda substitute for baking powder is 3 times or 4 times stronger.

Baking powder vs baking soda

What is the difference between baking powder and baking soda?

First let’s clarify the situation about who’s in what; there is baking soda in baking powder and not the other way around.

A trick I use to remember !
Just imagine the orange box of Arm & Hammer baking soda buried under a ton of baking powder, suggesting baking soda is part of baking powder.

Baking powder and baking soda are both used as leavening agents.

Although both are use to make your bake goods rise, the reaction time is very different from each other.

Baking soda

When mixing baking soda with buttermilk, honey, etc., the chemical component of the baking soda reacts right away.

This means if you are preparing a recipe with baking soda and the recipe dos not need immediate reaction when mixing, it will probably end up flat.


Baking powder
is more complicated because it comes in two different format.

As a single-acting and as a double-acting baking powder.

Single- acting powder activates rapidly so when using it, you should put your cake or whatever you are creating immediately in the oven after mixing.

Double-acting powder could stand for a while, which means you could wait after mixing the ingredients before putting it in the oven.

Dont forget to check other useful ways of using baking soda or finding other baking soda substitute by clicking on this link.

 

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