Baking Soda Substitutes

Baking Soda Substitutes. There are a couple of options to substitute soda, including using powder if you learn to properly adjust your recipe to compensate the difference. If you've run our of baking soda for your recipe, here are a few baking soda substitutes.

Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. It is a base that is needed in many recipes which contain an acidic ingredient like citrus, vinegar, yogurt, sour cream, buttermilk, molasses, syrups and chocolate. It reacts and begins to produce carbon dioxide as soon as it is gets wet and therefore batter should be baked as soon as it is mixed with liquid. It is about four times as strong as baking powder.

Baking soda and baking powder do not directly substitute for one another. Baking powder contains baking soda, cream of tartar (an acid) and cornstarch so it is used in recipes without an added acidic ingredient.

You should always substitute for baking soda (and not just leave it out) in order to ensure that your baked goods rise properly since baking soda is a leavening agent.

Baking Soda Substitutes

Baking Soda Amount Substitute
Baking Soda substitute 1 teaspoon 3/4 teaspoon Ammonium Bicarbonate
*OR* 3 teaspoons Baking Powder +Plus you must replace the acidic liquid ingredient (like vinegar or citrus juice) with a non-acidic liquid (like water or milk)

But remember, when making substitutions for baking soda be sure to measure accurately for best results. These substitutions for baking soda are recommended for baking but may alter slightly the taste, texture, weight, or moisture content of the finished product.

A note regarding Substitutions...

Using these substitute suggestions may slightly alter the taste, texture or appearance of your resulting recipe. However, we recommend these substitutions as similar replacement ingredients when the original ingredients are unavailable.