Where does baking soda come from?

In the brief guide, we are going to answer the question ‘where does baking soda come from’ with a detailed analysis of what safety measures are to keep in mind when using it in our daily routine.

Where does baking soda come from?

Sodium bicarbonate (more colloquially known as baking soda) is a naturally occurring sodium compound. But, what you most likely bought (and what is most commonly found) at the grocery store is chemically produced. 

The orange box’s mass-produced baking soda is not only not cruelty-free, but it is also not naturally mined as baking soda. The orange box is from a mine in Wyoming, where ore is mined and heated until it turns into soda ash, which is then combined with carbon dioxide to produce sodium bicarbonate.

How to use baking soda?

Baking soda is a versatile product that can be used alone or in combination with other products. Baking soda, because of its coarse salt-like texture, can be used as a scrub for fruits and vegetables, grills, countertops, and even teeth. 

Baking soda is a natural cleaning powerhouse that is commonly added to many types of toothpaste. Baking soda is widely used as a refrigerator deodorant because some people believe it neutralizes odors.

Baking soda reacts chemically in a similar way to odors when used in baking recipes such as muffins and scones. This is because baking soda is basic and most odors are acidic, creating a similar environment for a neutralizing reaction to occur. 

Because of their chemical composition, baking soda and vinegar are not only excellent baking partners but also excellent cleaning partners. Baking soda and vinegar (or acid) work together in baking recipes to create the leavening process of batters and doughs. 

Baking soda and vinegar, when combined for cleaning, create an abrasive environment that is tough on stains, dirt, and clogged drains. Baking soda, as previously stated, produces carbon dioxide when heated.

This is why baking soda is such a good fire extinguisher and why it is still one of the best ways to put out a grease fire. The increase in carbon dioxide cuts off the fire’s source of oxygen, creating an unsustainable environment for the fire.

How long does baking soda last?

Baking soda can be stored indefinitely after its best before date, though its potency can deteriorate over time. As a general rule, unopened packages should be kept for two years and opened packages should be kept for six months. While old baking soda may not have as much leavening action as new baking soda, it is still safe to eat.

How to determine whether it is still effective?

You’ll need some acid, such as vinegar, to determine whether your baking soda has gone bad. Baking soda produces carbon dioxide gas when it reacts with the acidic ingredients in your recipes. The gas bubbles are what cause the dough to rise. To make the dough rise, yeast and baking powder release carbon dioxide gas.

  • Add a spoonful of baking soda to a mixing bowl.
  • Pour in some vinegar, lemon juice, or another acidic liquid.
  • If the mixture bubbles a lot, the baking soda is still fine.
  • If there isn’t much fizz, your baking soda has gone bad.
  • Use the remainder of the box for cleaning, and purchase a new box for baking.

Is it possible to get sick from expired baking powder?

Baking powder loses potency after its use-by date, which is typically 18 to 24 months after manufacture. The only risk of using expired baking soda or baking powder is that it will not rise properly, resulting in flat and dense baked goods.

Do we store baking soda in the refrigerator after it has been opened?

When you open a new box of baking soda, store it in an airtight container to keep it fresh. Because it is not resealable, we do not recommend keeping it in its cardboard box. Because one of the best uses for baking soda is to absorb odors, leaving it open in your pantry is also not ideal!

How to keep baking soda?

Use the remainder of the box for cleaning, and purchase a new box for baking. For the longest shelf life, keep your baking soda dry. Items in your cupboard may be exposed to steam when you cook or use the dishwasher if it is close to your stove or above your dishwasher or sink. To keep your baking soda fresh, place it in a plastic ziplock bag or a storage container.

Other FAQs about Baking Soda that you may be interested in.

Does baking soda remove pesticides?

Does baking soda relieve gas?

Does baking soda neutralize vinegar?

Conclusion

In the brief guide, we discussed answering the question ‘where does baking soda come from’ with in- depth analysis of what safety measures are to keep in mind when using it in our daily routine.

Citations

https://www.bobsredmill.com/blog/baking-101/what-does-baking-soda-do/

https://www.mamasuds.com/blogs/blog/where-does-baking-soda-come-from

https://www.thespruceeats.com/how-to-tell-if-baking-soda-is-still-good-1388327#:~:text=Baking%20soda%20is%20good%20indefinitely,is%20still%20safe%20to%20eat.

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.