It is a white crystalline chemical compound usually found in powdered form. This white powder is commonly used as a raising agent in baking. It is used in cakes and baking products. Also know as cooking soda or bicarbonate of soda. It combines with an acidic component to produce tiny bubbles which lightens the dough or batter. However, extra amounts can result in a collapsed cake with an unpleasant flavor.
If added to soaked beans, it makes the cooking process faster. Including it in marinades makes the meat tender. Tomato sauce acidity can be balanced with a small amount of bicarbonate.
As an acid counterpart, it is used to treat sunburns and bee stings. Doctors also prescribe it for acidity.
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The musty odour from books can be removed by using bicarbonate of soda.