It's not cool to realize that you don't have baking soda at home in the middle of a recipe. Fortunately, there are some substitutes that can be used in place of this product. Check the pantry for yeast or yeasty flour and use those products. Because baking soda reacts in specific ways with other ingredients, it's a good idea to make adjustments to the types of liquids you're using. Changing the way a recipe is prepared can also make substitution effective. Tricks like beating eggs before adding the flour can ensure that the recipe works. With a few tweaks, your recipe can still look great even without baking soda.
Part 1 of 3: Finding a replacement
Step 1. Use triple the amount of yeast
One of the easiest substitutes for baking soda is yeast. If you have the product in the pantry, simply add triple the amount of the recipe. For example, if you order a tablespoon of baking soda, add three tablespoons of yeast.
This substitution can happen in any recipe that calls for baking soda
Step 2. Use yeasted wheat flour
If you also don't have common yeast at home, see if you have flour with yeast. This product contains a small amount of yeast and can also be used as a replacement for baking soda. Simply use as a substitute for regular flour.
Step 3. Mix potassium bicarbonate with salt
If you don't have the ingredients to use as substitutes, check your medicine chest for potassium bicarbonate. This medication is sometimes used to treat conditions such as acid reflux or hypertension. For every teaspoon of baking soda in the recipe, add one teaspoon of baking soda mixed with one-third teaspoon of salt.
This usually works best for making cookies. It may not be suitable for recipes for cakes, pancakes, muffins and other baked goods
Part 2 of 3: Adjusting Other Ingredients
Step 1. Omit the salt when using yeast
The yeast already contains salt, so it's a good idea to omit or reduce the amount of the ingredient in the recipe if you're going to substitute baking soda for the yeast so that the result doesn't get too salty.
Step 2. Adjust liquids when using yeast
Baking soda is made to interact with acidic ingredients. If you replace it with yeast, also replace any acidic liquid with non-acidic ones. Acidic liquids include sour cream, yogurt, vinegar, buttermilk, molasses, and citrus juices. Whole milk or water can be used in place of these products. Use the same amount of the substitute ingredient as was ordered in the original recipe.
For example, if the recipe calls for a cup of buttermilk, use a cup of whole milk
Step 3. Use water and lemon for citrus flavors
Recipes that use baking soda often contain citrus liquids such as lemon or lime juice. In that case, add flavor to the water with a small amount of grated lemon or lime and use as a substitute to preserve the citrus flavor.
Part 3 of 3: Ensuring Proper Cooking
Step 1. Beat eggs before adding the flour
Baking soda adds carbonation to the recipe. Beating eggs before using wheat flour can increase the amount of blisters produced and the chances that the substitute will work well.
Step 2. Add a little carbonated drink to the batter
If you have this type of beverage at home, such as beer, add a little to the batter to give it carbonation and help the replacement work properly.
Step 3. Use sourdough flour in American pancakes
Even if you have some other baking soda substitute, you should still use the baking flour when you don't have baking soda to make pancakes, which can get denser without the product. The flour with yeast will make them fluffier.