Baking soda or bicarbonate of soda is an ingredient normally used for cooking. However, this ingredient has other uses too other than to help your cake rise. Here are five extraordinarily helpful uses of baking soda especially in the kitchen.
Most kitchens should have baking soda in their kitchen cabinet. Baking soda or bicarbonate of soda is one of the commonest ingredients that can be found in the kitchen and most people will only reach for it when they want to bake a cake. Unknowing to most, this common ingredient in the kitchen is one super ingredient that has many helpful uses other than to help with cake baking. Below are five extremely helpful uses of baking soda you can try in your kitchen.
1. Meat tenderiser
Baking soda can be used to tenderise tough cut of meat. You only need to rub baking soda onto the meat and then leave the meat in the refrigerator for between three to five hours.
When you’re ready to cook the meat, rinse the meat thoroughly and you can cook the meat and your meat will be tender.
2. Get rid of fishy smell
Fishy smell doesn’t mean your fish is bad. Perhaps you just don’t like the strong fish smell. No worries. You can try soaking the fish in a solution of one litre of water with two tablespoon of baking soda. Place the fish soaked in the solution in the refrigerator for one hour. Before cooking, make sure to rinse the fish and pat it dry. You’ll find that your fish won’t smell fishy anymore.
3. Make fluffy omelette
Your omelette can be made fluffier if you add half a teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs that you use.
4. Yeast substitute
In the event that you’ve run out of yeast, do not fret if you have baking soda instead. You can replace the yeast with a mixture of powdered vitamin C (citric acid) and baking soda. Use the same quantity as required for the yeast in the recipe. An additional advantage to using this mixture is that you don’t need to wait for the dough to rise before putting it in the oven.
5. Making baked beans not cause flatulence
Baked beans can cause flatulence. To reduce this after effect of ingesting this gas-causing food, you can add a pinch of baking soda while the baked beans are cooking. This will greatly help in reducing flatulence.
Now you can see that baking soda is not just an ingredient for baking. There are many other uses. The above are just five of the most helpful uses of baking soda in the kitchen.
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