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How to Tell if Baking Soda & Baking Powder Are Still Good

Baking Soda

Baking Powder

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.


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7:20AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013


2:08AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Great to know! Thanks!

4:00PM PST on Jan 5, 2013

It can probably still be used for cleaning or deodorising.

2:44AM PST on Jan 5, 2013


1:30PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

The tests work great and my products are all good. Just to point out, you don't need to add boiling water to test baking soda, the vinegar alone is enough. I have seen this fizzy reaction many times when doing laundry.

1:35AM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Our food has "use by" dates so not a problem :)

7:44PM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Baking soda doesn't go bad.

5:41PM PST on Dec 25, 2012


2:58PM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Great, really useful tip

11:57AM PST on Dec 25, 2012


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