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Can you use honey as an activator for baking soda?

Asked by phaedryx (6113points) January 24th, 2011

I just noticed that honey has a relatively high acidity.

If it can be used, what ratios would you use?

Yes, I’ve googled, but I haven’t found a satisfactory answer.

(I may buy some honey tomorrow and try it out for myself)

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Arbornaut's avatar

Looks like you got a date with science.
Let us know how it goes.

JilltheTooth's avatar

I’ve used molasses with baking soda, and it gets very…er…active! I don’t know about honey, but now I want to try it, too…

thorninmud's avatar


It takes 2 parts (by weight) of cream of tartar (an acid) to neutralize 1 part of baking soda. The average pH of honey is 3.9, and the pH of cream of tartar is around 3, so it would take a bit more honey to do the job.

3 parts honey to 1 part baking soda would probably be a good starting point. It’s better to err on the side of too much acid; too much unreacted baking soda imparts a soapy flavor to baked goods.

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