Uses of Baking Soda in Cooking and Other Kitchen Chores

There’s more to baking in baking soda

Baking soda is an all-around helper.  Indeed! Not only is it good at baking, but also in other kitchen chores. Here are more ways you can bank on baking soda.

[For Tips #1, 2, 3-7, click here]

Tip #8 – Cleans fruits and vegetables

Unless you grow your own vegetables and fruits, you would never know how they are handled – from picking to market. Dirt and other contaminants can cling onto these foods. It’s not enough that you just wash them with tap water. Make sure you get truly clean and safe farm produce.

Put a considerable amount of cold water in a basin and add a teaspoonful of baking soda into it. Mix the solution well and wash your fruits and vegetables in it. The purpose of this is to remove the impurities that may have not been washed away by the running water.

Just a word of caution: Don’t add baking soda when cooking vegetables. It will kill some of the vitamins in it.

Tip #9 – Baking soda makes your omelets fluffy

For sure, you’d want to make your omelets enticing, especially to your picky child. Here’s the trick. Add half a teaspoon of baking to every 3 eggs used.

Tip #10 – Tenderizes meat

Didn’t you know that baking soda can soften your meat? Try this. Rub down a generous amount of baking soda on your meat. Set aside in the refrigerator for 3 – 5 hours before cooking. Rinse well and cook.

Tip #11 – Removes meat smell

Sometimes, meat can smell and come a bit slimy. Rub it with a good amount of baking soda as you wash.

Tip #12 – Removes fish smell

Again, let baking soda solve the fishy problem. After washing your fresh fish, soak it in about a quart of water. Pour baking soda into the water and keep it in the refrigerator for an hour. Rinse well and cook.

Of course, as you wash your fish, its smell would inevitably stick in your hands. So, rub your wet hands with a liberal amount of baking soda, too. You’ll be amazed at the result. Baking soda does not only remove the fish smell, but it also softens your hands. The same thing applies to garlic, onions, and other spices.

Tip #13 – Reduces acids in recipes

Sprinkle a bit of baking soda while cooking tomato-based sauces or when brewing coffee to minimize the overall acidity of your food and beverage.

Tip #14 – Balances the taste of vinegar

Add a tiny bit of baking soda if you accidentally put too much vinegar into your recipe. This will adjust the acid taste. But don’t put more than a pinch of it (baking soda) otherwise your recipe will be foaming.

The list of benefits that you can get from baking soda is endless. I’ll give you more tips soon. Keep coming back to this site for updates, and thanks for reading my posts.

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