Kitchen tips — By Ben on 03 March 2008
Baking soda, a super item

baking-soda.jpgEver since I can remember there was always an open box of baking soda in my mom’s fridge. I am sure you know what that is for, for generations we’ve been told that baking soda absorbs odors. Some people, however, claim that this method is not very efficient and that a canister of activated charcoal works better because it can indeed adsorb vapors that contact the charcoal. Of course, cleaning your fridge periodically and keeping foods covered is the best way to keep it odor-free.

But even if baking soda is not very effective in combating odors in your fridge, it still has a lot of more uses in your kitchen and around the house. Reader’s Digest online magazine rated it as a super item. In this article they list some of the baking soda uses for your kitchen and house. Some of the things baking soda can do and I didn’t even know about are:

  • Tenderize meat
  • Fluff up your omelets
  • Use as a yeast substitute
  • Remove coffee and tea stains from china
  • Treat minor burns
  • Control your dandruff
  • …and many more

The only concern that I have with it is: if baking soda absorbs odors from fridges and bathrooms, wouldn’t it do the same in your kitchen cabinet? And if it does, do you really want to use that baking soda for your cakes, omelets and pancakes?
An easy solution would be to keep it in an airtight container (I keep mine in a Modulate Mate container from Tupperware) so it is odor free next time you use it for your cooking.

Today I learned a lot about baking soda and I can truly say that it is indeed a super item.

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

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