Today is Bicarbonate of Soda Day!
What is Bicarbonate of Soda?: Bicarbonate of Soda is also known as NaHCO3, sodium bicarb, bread soda or cooking soda, and baking soda. Baking soda, as I am sure most of you know, is white and slightly salty in taste. I have some information on baking soda and my favorite Soda Bread recipe below!
What Are Its Uses?: Baking soda has many different uses.
- I use baking soda to scrub off difficult spots on my pans.
- It is found in toothpaste and many laundry detergents.
- You can also put a box of baking soda in you refrigerator to keep it smelling fresh.
- Sprinkle carpet with baking soda and let sit at least 20 minutes before vacuuming for a clean smelling carpet.
- To help keep drains clean, pout about a 1/4 cup baking soda down the drains, followed by hot water.
- Baking: Heating baking soda causes a release of carbon dioxide, which will cause the bread to rise. It also reacts with acid components in other ingredients.
- What Reacts With Baking Soda?: Lemon juice, yogurt, cream of tarter, buttermilk, cocoa, vinegar
- Medical: There are many different medical uses for bicarbonate of soda.
- If you mix with water, it can be used to treat heartburn and indigestion.
- If you mix with water to create a paste, you can use it to treat burns to prevent blisters (always seek medical attention for serious burns).
- If you run into poison ivy/sumac/oak and do not have Benadryl/hydrocortisone cream handy, cover with baking soda to relieve the itching.
- If you were stung by a bee, make a paste of baking soda and water and cover the stung area (some places call for a paste of vinegar and baking soda).
- Other Properties:
- It can even put out a small grease fire.
- It neutralizes acids and bases.
IRISH SODA BREADPrep time 15 min, Cook time 45 min.
You will need:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 1/2 cup low fat buttermilk
- Parchment paper
- Cookie sheet
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, stir dry ingredients with a whisk.
3. Add 1 cup buttermilk.
4. Combine flour mix and buttermilk with a fork, gradually add rest of milk until a soft dough is formed.
5. Knead on a lightly floured surface for 1 minute. DM Tip: For less of a mess, knead right in the bowl!
6. Form dough into a slightly flattened circle and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
7. In the middle of the bread make a 1/2 inch deep X with a sharp knife.
8. Bake 40-45 minutes. Bread is ready when it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
DM Alternative: Mix in 1 cup raisins to dough before baking.
Wiki, Bicarbonate of Soda