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Danilo Alfaro

Baking Powder Vs. Baking Soda

By January 27, 2014

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One of the baking questions I hear the most has to do with the difference between baking powder and baking soda. Specifically, whether one can be substituted for the other, and what will happen if you do.
Baking Powder Vs. Baking Soda
Is baking soda baking powder?
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Anyway, it's a good question. You would think that two products whose names sound so similar, and look so similar, would also work similarly. And the fact is, they are similar — but not identical. (Yes, baking soda is a powder, but it's not baking powder.)

Another tip that can't be repeated too frequently is this: Both baking powder and baking soda go stale after about six months. So you should replace them at least that often, even if you haven't finished the whole container. Once it gets stale, it loses its potency, which means whatever you're baking won't rise properly.

Here's an in-depth explanation of the difference between baking powder and baking soda, how they work, and whether you can substitute one for the other: Baking Soda and Baking Powder. And also, here are a few more resources to do with baking: Connect with Me: Google+ | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

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