Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist / Healthy Muffin Maker / Mum 🙂
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When I bake, I always use Aluminum free baking powder, and I always wanted to write about it. I do have baking soda at home, but that is not often used in cooking.
Baking soda can be used in many ways, from cleaning agent to deodorizer to cooking ingredients. You can polish your pots with it, clean carpets and make your cake rise. I usually use it to remove coffee stains from my cup, and it is always handy when you burn your pots! Just soak it overnight in boiling water and the burnt bit will peel off like magic!
Oooops, I’m getting off the track.
With baking soda, there are natural ones and artificial ones. Both substances are the same, but depending on the degree of refining, some are used for medical purposes, others are used as food additives or even for industrial purposes.
When used in cooking, baking soda will start reacting once it is heated, releasing water and carbon dioxide. This gas will act like a balloon and make the dough expand.
Compared to baking soda, baking powder is a mix of bicarbonate of soda and acidic ingredient. The acidic ingredient most often used in baking powder is cream of tartar or corn starch. When you add moisture to it, it will start reacting immediately. With baking powder, you can rest and leave your dough as much as you like, but with baking powder, you have to bake immediately after mixing! The speed is important. That is why you don’t put baking powder in cookies that you rest for a while before you bake.
Baking soda will expand the dough sideways, while baking powder will raise the dough upwards.
Sometimes you can mix them together, but in most cases, you want your dough to rise, so I usually use baking powder. Also, using too much baking soda adds bitterness to your food, so be careful when you are using it, more is not always better!
Aluminum free or not so free?
So what is so good about nasty free baking powder? It doesn’t contain Aluminum.
What is wrong with aluminum? It is not as bad as it sounds. Aluminum is unnecessary for human bodies so when you take it, your body will remove it naturally.
However, if you are giving it to someone with kidney disorder, or to small children who has not developed kidney fully yet, please be careful. In some cases, they may have neurological damage. I just think if you can cut it out, better not to have it in, although Aluminum free baking powder can cost twice or more than regular baking powder! How funny if it includes fewer ingredients, that it is more expensive!