These simple procedures will let you test baking soda and baking powder for freshness and is worth your time if you have these products around for very long. I do a lot of baking during the holidays and throughout the year but I still check often to make sure my ingredients are fresh. This could save you from having a recipe flop and wasting a bunch of ingredients.
Test Baking Soda For Freshness
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Add baking soda to vinegar. If mixture does not fizz the baking soda is not good.
We receive comments from people frequently saying “this recipe didn’t work, or this didn’t rise, etc”. Most of the time people don’t bake often and just pull an old box of baking soda or powder out of the cabinet and it’s not fresh enough to work. It’s best to test your products so you don’t waste ingredients making a cake, biscuits, etc.
You can always check the expiration date but sometimes the freshness dwindles way before then. Nothing is worse than making something and it falls flat because one simple ingredient.
Test Baking Powder for Freshness:
2 tablespoons warm water
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Mixture should become foamy with bubbles. If you do not get this reaction, the baking powder is not good.
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