Sodium bicarbonate (bicarbonate of soda) is the chemical compound with the formula NaHCO3. It is also known as cooking soda, bread soda, and baking soda as it is widely used in cooking as a leavening agent. When added to batters, it reacts with acidic components (for example, citric acid in lemon juice). As a result of the reaction, carbon dioxide is released. It expands the batter forming the characteristic texture of baked foods such as bread, cakes, and pancakes.
One should know the difference between baking soda and baking powder. Baking powder is a mix of bicarbonate of soda, acidic component, and cornstarch. It releases carbon dioxide when mixed with the liquid or when placed in the heated oven. Baking powder is easier to use than baking soda as baking soda is about four times stronger.
It is interesting to know that bicarbonate of soda can also be used as a cleaning agent. For example, a solution in warm water can help to clean tarnished silver.
To celebrate the National Bicarbonate of Soda Day, cook any dish that requires using baking soda. You can make pancakes for breakfast, or bake soda bread.Remind me with Google Calendar
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