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Old 04-06-2006, 06:03 AM   #1
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Baking Soda & Bicarb

What is the difference between Baking Soda and Bicarbonate of soda?

I always thought they were the same?


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Old 04-06-2006, 07:54 AM   #2
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They are one and the same. No difference.

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Old 04-06-2006, 08:07 AM   #3
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When we moved to Munich, one thing that got me was Single-acting baking powder. As you thought, baking soda is the same as bicarbonate of soda. But bicarbonate means it can have two rises... and ultimately means the difference between single-acting and double-acting (what you get in the US) baking powder. One dry acid (single-acting) or two dry acids (double-acting, or just regular baking powder in the US). Confusing, huh??

I still don't know when I need to use soda vs. single-acting powder vs. double-acting powder (which I haven't found here).
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Old 04-06-2006, 09:38 AM   #4
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v-chic. I think you got your explanations are a little confused. Bicarbonate of soda is the chemical name for baking soda. It is not what makes baking powder double acting.

Single acting baking powder is a combination of baking soda, cream of tartar and some salt. Another chemical is added to make it double acting.

The first reaction occurs when the powder gets wet and the second occurs when the powder is heated.
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Old 04-06-2006, 12:19 PM   #5
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I humbly bow to your expertise...

With hat in hand.

I was wrong.
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Old 04-07-2006, 04:47 PM   #6
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V-chic, here most baking powder is double acting.

If you tell us the ingredients in your baking powder we might be able to sort it out (was a chemist, not a food chemist, many years ago).

I guess it is worth a try.

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Old 04-07-2006, 05:14 PM   #7
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v-chic. I think you got your explanations are a little confused. Bicarbonate of soda is the chemical name for baking soda. It is not what makes baking powder double acting.

Single acting baking powder is a combination of baking soda, cream of tartar and some salt. Another chemical is added to make it double acting.

The first reaction occurs when the powder gets wet and the second occurs when the powder is heated.
I couldn't have said it better myself. You do such a good job with your explanations.

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Old 08-14-2007, 09:13 PM   #8
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Recipes with this ingredient occasionally confuse me, I know they are the same and the recipe goes and says - add 1/2 tsp of one AND 1/2 of the other...r they confused big time or what?
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Old 08-14-2007, 09:26 PM   #9
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Rom...you are kinda sorta mixing apples and oranges. Let me see if I can clarify.

Baking soda IS bicarbonate of soda.

What you might be thinking about as the OTHER "soda" is actually baking powder, which is a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar.

Hope this helps.
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Old 08-15-2007, 01:15 AM   #10
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Smile

LOL u mght be right i will have to double check if i can find the recipe and see LOLLL
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