How to Bake Sodium Free (Baking Powder Substitute)

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Americans today have an excess of sodium in their diet due to the popularity of processed foods. Food processors may add large amounts of sodium directly to food or to gravies and sauces to mask inferior quality. Additionally, preservatives and other additives may contain sodium. You can control your salt intake by preparing as much food as possible at home. Cooking from scratch is very easy and rarely time-consuming. One way to reduce the amount of sodium when making cakes, pastries and quick breads is by using a baking powder substitute. You can choose from three recipes.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt or buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda

Baking Powder Substitute #1

Step 1

Combine 1/4 tsp. baking soda with 1/3 cup molasses to substitute for 1 tsp. baking powder.

Step 2

Reduce other liquids in your recipe by 1/3 cup to compensate for the added molasses.

Step 3

Bake as directed in your recipe. You do not need to make any adjustments for time or oven temperature.

Baking Powder Substitute #2

Step 1

Stir 1/2 tsp. baking soda until dissolved in either 1/2 cup plain yogurt or 1/2 cup buttermilk. This amount will replace 1 tsp. baking powder.

Step 2

Reduce other liquids in the recipe to compensate for the addition of buttermilk or yogurt.

Step 3

Bake as usual. You do not need to make any other adjustments to the recipe.

Baking Powder Substitute #3

Step 1

Mix 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar with 1/4 tsp. baking soda to substitute for 1 tsp. baking powder.

Step 2

Combine this substitute with the other ingredients in your recipe. You do not need to adjust any liquids with this baking powder substitute.

Step 3

Put in the oven and bake as directed in your recipe.

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