Are baking powder và baking soda the same thing? and can you use them for the same things? They"re actually two fkhorizont-turnovo.completely different ingredients, learn more about them & how to lớn use them in your cooking!


The difference between baking powder & baking soda

Baking powder and baking soda sound similar, but they’re not the same! If you swap them out for one another, you can over up with some funky tasting results or some pretty flat & sad baked goods. Learn more about them & how to use them in the kitchen!

What is baking soda?

Baking soda has only one ingredient: sodium bicarbonate. It’s also called bi-carb soda, bicarbonate of soda or just bi-carb. It fkhorizont-turnovo.comes in a fine powder form. Baking soda is used for leavening baked goods. In other words, it makes baked goods rise & befkhorizont-turnovo.come light & airy.

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How does baking soda work?

Baking soda is alkaline, và when it’s mixed with an acid (such as vinegar, lemon juice, yoghurt or cream of tartar) & moisture, it produces carbon dioxide. These bubbles of carbon dioxide befkhorizont-turnovo.come trapped in the mixture, và puff up as they’re heated. This makes the mixture rise, & gives cakes, cookies và other baked goods their light and fluffy texture. 

Since baking soda needs acid khổng lồ work, there must be something acidic in the mixture for it lớn rise. Also, you can’t simply địa chỉ more baking soda & end up with a fluffier kết thúc result. If you add too much, your baked goods will have a metallic, soapy taste from leftover bi-carb in the mixture.

What is baking powder?

Baking powder is a mixture of bi-carb soda, cream of tartar (a dry acid), & a filler such as rice flour or cornflour. Baking powder is also used as a leavening agent in baked goods.

How does baking powder work?

Baking powder already contains both alkaline bi-carb soda and acidic cream of tartar together in the correct proportions. It reacts with itself when moisture is added, and continues lớn react when heated. Baking powder is most often used when a recipe does not gọi for an acidic ingredient khổng lồ be added khổng lồ the mixture, as it can create the leavening effect by itself.

Can I use baking powder instead of bicarbonate of soda? 

Since bi-carb soda needs an acid lớn create gas & baking powder doesn’t, they’re not interchangeable in recipes. It’s best khổng lồ follow your given recipe for the best result.

Make sure they’re still good

Unlike salt or sugar, baking soda and powder won’t stay good forever. They won’t make you sick, but they won’t give your baked goods the same rise if they’ve been in the pantry longer than their best before date. You can check if they’re still fresh with the following tests.

How khổng lồ tell if baking powder is fresh

Mix a teaspoon of the baking powder a quarter cup of hot water. If it bubbles & reacts vigorously then the baking powder is still good and ready to lớn use. If it doesn’t, throw it out. 

How lớn tell if bi-carb soda is fresh

To chạy thử that your baking soda is still active, địa chỉ a pinch of bi-carb soda to a small amount of vinegar or lemon juice in a bowl. If it foams up, the baking soda is still active.

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Baking recipes

Now you know the difference between them, it"s time to lớn get baking! Baking powder or bi-carb soda are so important in lots of cakes, cookies, pancakes và other recipes. Below are some popular recipes that you can save khổng lồ your không lấy phí cookbooks. Don"t have an trương mục yet? Sign up khổng lồ khổng lồ start making your own free personalised cookbooks.