I’m sure if you were interested and had the time I would put money on you being able to find 1001 uses for bicarbonate soda. If like me you aren’t interested and you don’t have the time here’s what happens when you add bicarb of soda to sugar, burnt pans & tomato ketchup.
Let’s get the childish use out the way first. Adding bicarb to tomato ketchup creates a volcanic eruption that is sure to please children and the child within us all. If you don’t believe me unscrew the lid add a teaspoon of bicarb, place the lid back on & shake. Just make sure you stand back as you open the lid.
The next use is a very practical one. Next time you should burn the bottom of a pan don’t panic and don’t scrub. Empty the contents of the pan in to the bin. Pour in some clean water and bring to the boil. Once the water has started to boil add a teaspoon of bicarb and leave to boil for 5 minutes. Hey presto no scrubing required.
And on to my favourite use for bicarb, Honeycomb. That little piece of hot molten lava that once cool it turns to a golden glass like treat. Once set it can be broken up and served on its own or as a topping for ice cream and desserts.
100g Caster sugar
4 Tablespoons golden syrup
1.5 Teaspoons bicarb
Put the sugar and syrup into a saucepan and stir together to mix. Don’t stir once on the heat or you’ll damage the sugar crystals. Place the pan on the heat & leave to melt, leave to boil for 3 minutes until it goes to a nice golden colour (warning – please do not put your fingers in the pan). Remove from the heat & whisk in the bicarbonate of soda and watch as it erupts. Turn this onto a piece of reusable baking parchment. Allow to cool.
If you grew up in the 90’s allow to cool, melt some some chocolate and cover honeycomb. Enjoy