Baking Soda and Bacon . . . Interesting Combination!

Dec 30th

Good Morning and happy 30th of December!  Can you believe it?  Where did this year go?  Are you a person who makes resolutions for the New Year? I usually set a few goals . . . and though I don’t always reach them, at least I started the year with the best of intentions, right?  If you haven’t written yours down yet, this would be the time.

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day (Baking Soda Day) –   They’ll make a day for anything!  hahahaha  Well, I guess there are a lot of reasons to celebrate this wonderful substance – it DOES have a LOT of uses.  So, what does Baking Soda do?  Most people know that you can bake with it, but why?  Well, let’s skip the chemistry lesson and how it is made, and just discuss what it is, and what it does.  Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda) is a chemical compound – sodium carbonate, or sodium bicarbonate.  When you heat it up it creates carbon dioxide, which is a gas.  The gas helps baked goods to rise as they cook.  It doesn’t just have its uses in baking though.  There’s lots more you can do with it. Here are just a few:     

  • Baking- helps baked goods, like bread, to rise
  • Relieve stomach indigestion and heartburn when mixed in water
  • Removing odors in the refrigerator, vents, storage areas, and closets
  • Removing odor in kitty litter
  • It is used in fire extinguishers for grease and oil fires
  • It is often used as a cleaning agent
  • It can be used as a meat tenderizer
  • Put it in water with beans to minimize flatulence from eating beans
  • Polish Silverware
  • Remove burned food from a pot or a pan
  • And, the list goes on, and on, and……

I actually have a HUGE bag of it that I got from Costco.  I didn’t think I’d ever have reason to use it all, but after reading all of these uses, maybe I will!

Bacon Day – I feel sorry for vegetarians on days like today. No, seriously, I do!  They miss out on so much by not eating bacon!  So many people love bacon that there are actually several days a year that it is celebrated, and we’ve had it on our table for each one.  Think about it! You can do so many dishes with bacon!  You can make it crispy or chewy, have it cut thick or thin.  It can be smoked, fried, baked, boiled or grilled.  You can use it for breakfast, lunch or dinner and you can even find it in cocktails and desserts these days!  Heck, I saw a friend on Facebook who copied a picture she saw and wrapped her Thanksgiving turkey in bacon and baked it that way!  We’ll have it on our table to sprinkle into our potato soup for dinner. Yum!

This Day In History

1924- Edwin Hubble announces the existence of other galactic systems. The Hubble telescope was later named after him.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day – This one is so good we’ll feature it as part of the article AND for the food!  OK, I just realized today is mostly about food.  After a year of celebrating though, isn’t it always?  In 1846 John Dwight and Austin Church (of Arm and Hammer) created baking soda and changed the way we bake and clean forever.

Well, hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s back to work I go!  After a few days off I’m sure my in-box is hiding.  Better get to it!  Have a wonderful week!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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