Ingredient: Sodium Bicarbonate - NaHCO3
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Baking soda is a chemical compound with the formula NaHCO3. It is a crystalline salt composed of sodium ions and bicarbonate ions. It has a slightly salty, alkaline taste resembling that of washing soda (sodium carbonate). It is one of the byproducts in the production of soda ash (washing soda - sodium carbonate - Na2CO3). Soda ash is mined from natural sodium carbonate or trona deposits (created when sodium, released from eroding igneous rock, is reacting with carbon dioxide). Trona can be found around the globe yet this baking soda is sourced from soda brine lakes in California. The largest known trona deposit in the world is in the Green River basin in Wyoming.
Common use: Sodium bicarbonate is amphoteric, capable of neutralizing both acids and bases and its applications are wide ranging. It is well known as an odor absorber, as a non toxic cleaning agent and rust remover, can be used to help remove splinters and relieve insect bites, is often found as an ingredient in toothpastes and deodorants, can be applied as a fungicide or as fire extinguisher, and many more.
When referred to as "baking soda", is primarily used for baking purposes as a rising agent. Heat (temperatures above 80°C) as well as acidic components in batters cause the release of carbon dioxide gas which bubbles resulting in the expansion of a batter or dough and thus creating a lighter texture. Sodium bicarbonate can be substituted for Baking Powder provided sufficient acid reagent is added to the recipe.
Storage: store in a cool, dark, dry place.
Disclaimer: this information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the FDA or CFIA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens.