While it may seem like there may be nothing to eat in the house, that doesn’t mean the contents of your kitchen pantry (or fridge) is totally without use. There exist a great number of little known uses for common kitchen items that are just not exploited enough. Here is a brief sampling of a few, some you may know, but there are some bound to surprise:
Baking soda and baking powder are both used as leavening agents in baking (baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate while baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate together with acidifying and drying agents) and most people know at this point that baking soda is great for absorbing unwanted smells in your carpet or fridge. However, baking soda is also good for keeping your green vegetables a desirable shade of green. If you add a bit of baking soda to boiling water before you cook vegetables like asparagus and broccoli it will prevent your vegetables from turning dull. But be careful, adding too much will turn your veggies bitter. Half a teaspoon is probably enough in a large 4-quart pot, but you might want to experiment a bit to find the right balance.
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