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Why is Baking Soda Used in Baking?

Baking soda is used in baking because it is a leavening agent. That means that it makes the bread and batter foam up. Without a leavening agent, baked goods will not rise and fluff as desired. This is what gives whatever you are cooking a light texture. All the bubbles in a cake are what the leavening process is doing. Yeast is also used as a leavening agent in heavier cooking like bread. But baking soda is better for things like cakes.

by Margaret Walker on Fri, 02/18/2011 - 11:30


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