Three things you didn't know about baking soda. – Food Pharmacy

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Three things you didn’t know about baking soda.

Most of us associate baking powder with baking. But the truth is you can use it for so much more. Here are some ideas.

This has happened:

Yesterday, we baked a marble cake with baking powder. We rarely use baking powder, but the recipe was so simple (only three ingredients), contained no sugar, and was still supposed to be the tastiest thing our tongues have ever had the joy of meeting. Of course we had to try it. You know, it was almost too good to be true, right?

Exactly. It was too good to be true. That small marble-cake-wannabe (picture proof below) did not taste great at all, and we threw it in the garbage bin immediately. And now we’re left with a large tin of baking powder. And a marble cake recipe we can’t share. And we desperately wonder: Are there any other good uses for baking powder?

After a quick Google, we found the following ideas. Number two sounds particularly interesting.

Remove bad odor
Sometimes when you open the fridge, you’re welcomed by a bad smell (at least we are). Action plan a) Find the source of the smell and remove it. Action plan b) Place a small bowl or two of baking powder in the fridge, and let sit overnight. Rumors suggest baking powder removes odors in shoes as well.

Wash fruits and vegetables
If you don’t buy organic fruits and vegetables, it’s important to make sure you wash them carefully. Put a few tablespoons of baking powder in a bowl with cold water, add the fruits and let them stay in the water for five to ten minutes. Scrub with some extra baking powder in order to remove the pesticides.

Treat bug bites
Mix one tablespoon of baking powder with warm water until you have a dough-like consistency. Apply the mixture to the bug bite and let it dry. Rinse after 10 minutes.

Good to know:
Baking powder consists of baking soda (or bicarbonate of soda), acid and starch. It’s a leavening agent, but not as strong as pure baking soda. If you want to substitute baking powder for baking soda, make sure the recipe contains some kind of acid ingredient, like lemon or other citrus juice.

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