• Have you ever found yourself stumbling upon a package of baking powder or baking soda that has been hanging around in the pantry for who knows how long?

    You’re not alone.

    But don’t be fooled into thinking that your trusty raising agent will stand the test of time forever. These ingredients have use-by dates too – it won’t necessarily go bad and show visible signs such as mould, but it will lose its oomph.

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    If you’re not informed on whether yours is still fresh or not, the end result of your baking effort could turn out a little flat.

    Don’t fret if you’ve already chucked the container or package that your raising agents were sold in. There is a simple and effective way to test if your baking powder or baking soda is still good.

    What you’ll need to test baking powder:

    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 2 tsp baking powder

    Add the two ingredients together. If it immediately fizzes vigorously, the baking powder is still fresh.

    If there is delayed and very little bubbling, your baking powder is bad.

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