Fun Fact: If there's a small grease fire in your kitchen, you can pour baking soda over the flames to extinguish them. Just remember that it takes a lot of baking soda to do the job so don't be shy!
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Honey- & Goat Cheese-Filled Fig Muffins
Sweet figs and a filling of tangy goat cheese give a surprising twist to these hearty breakfast muffins. Make a batch of these on the weekend and enjoy them for breakfast all week long.
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Ganache-Stuffed Chocolate-Chip Cookies
A stuffed cookie is like a sandwich cookie, only with more cream on the inside-it's fatter, fuller and (if you're the kind of person who twists apart the cookies to get to the cream) better.
Click here for the recipe: Ganache-Stuffed Chocolate-Chip Cookies
Oversize Breakfast Biscuits
When rolling out the dough, give it two turns to evenly distribute the butter and make the biscuits extra-flaky. Then serve them with different fillings: house-made spiced pastrami or classic strawberry jam.
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When baking these scones, be sure to use whole wheat pastry flour, which is less dense than whole wheat flour. Mixing in some all-purpose white flour also lightens the texture of the scones, so they're more delicate.
Click here for the recipe: Strawberry-Almond Scones
Back-to-School Raspberry Granola Bars
Karen DeMasc's crumbly soft, jammy-sweet bars travel well, so they're ideal for school bake sales. They're delicious made with any flavor of jam , as well as the raspberry preserves called for here.
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These Christmas cookies combine chocolate with spicy gingerbread. An added benefit of these cookies: The supple dough is very easy to work with, and the scraps can be re-rolled and cut out.
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Baking soda does indeed lose its potency over time. If you unwittingly let it expire, your next fluffy cake or bread recipe will emerge from the oven as dense and heavy as a hockey puck.
By storing it in a dry, air-tight container, baking soda should last for up to 18 months. You can find out whether or not a box of it is still good by performing this simple experiment:
Combine 1/2 cup of very hot water with a splash of vinegar, then stir in 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. If the mixture bubbles up, your soda is fine to use. If you don't see bubbles, that means you'll have to start anew.
Check out the slideshow above for 20 recipes that will help you use your baking soda up in time!
For more baking information, check out How to Bake the Perfect Cookie and The Difference Between Baking Soda and Baking Powder.