Here are some of the many uses of Sodium Bicarbonate:
Sodium Bicarbonate use in Food & Cooking:
* To make your bread, cakes, oatcakes, Yorkshire puddings, and baked goods rise.
* To lighten certain batters e.g. banana fritters, tempura, pancakes, and onion bhajis.
* To make mushy peas. You soak your marrowfat peas in water overnight with Sodium Bicarbonate. The soda breaks the peas down to make them mushy when they're cooked.
* Is useful for people who are sensitive or wish to avoid yeast, or even eggs. They can substitute bicarbonate of soda instead of yeast or eggs, and then they can still enjoy eating cakes, bread, batter, pancakes, pizza dough etc.
* For making marmalade. The bicarbonate helps to soften up the orange rind quicker which means you don't need to boil the rind for as long. That also gives a fresher taste, and helps to preserve a bit more of the nutrition.
How you use the Sodium Bicarbonate:
Peel and finely slice 3lbs of Seville Oranges. Add half a teaspoon of bicarbonate. Usually you need to simmer the rind for 3 hours, but with the soda you only need about 45 minutes.
* Is great for cleaning burnt saucepans especially stainless steel pans (we know from experience!). When you realise you have burnt your pan, take it off the stove. Put a little HOT water in it and add bicarbonate of soda. It will fizz up. Leave it to soak. The soda will lift the burnt bits off the bottom of the pan. Then clean as usual.
* Is really good for cleaning up and leaving your stainless steel sink sparkling. Just rub some soda in, like a paste, and scrub. Rinse & polish up with dry cloth.
* For cleaning dirty and burnt stove tops. Sprinkle soda on, scrub with wet a scrubbier or cloth that doesn't scratch.
* For cleaning stains off your hands. For example if you have been cutting up beetroot and have purple palms put some baking soda on, mix into a paste and scrub with water.
* You can use it for cleaning all kitchen tops and surfaces. It?s great for removing grease and stains. Can be used in the shower too.
* An old fashioned cleaning remedy is to mix the soda with some lemon juice. It cleans a little like bleach but is less harsh.
* If your tap or tank water is very hard. Add some soda to your washing up water. It makes the soap lather up more so that you need less soap, and therefore need less water to rinse the soap off.
* To freshen up your dishwasher.
* For cleaning teeth. In the 2nd world war, and before that in Victorian times, people put powder on their fingers and rubbed their teeth to clean them. Nowadays this had made a comeback and you will see baking soda toothpaste in many health shops and pharmacies.
* For mosquito bites to help relieve itching. Make a paste with the powder and water, or rub a soda crystal straight on to your skin.
* It was an old-fashioned remedy for indigestion as it was believed to help neutralise acid in the stomach.
As you can see this simple ingredient is so versatile it?s a real help to any house. And we think this list could go on. If you have your own favourite tips for using soda do write and tell us - we would love to hear.