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What is Bakers Ammonia?

Bakers ammonia, also known as ammonium bicarbonate, is a white, crystalline powder that has been used for centuries as a leavening agent in baking.

When Bakers ammonia comes into contact with moisture, it releases gasses that cause bread and cakes to rise. Bakers ammonia is particularly effective in recipes that do not contain acid ingredients, such as buttermilk or yogurt. Ammonium bicarbonate is also used as a food-grade cleaning agent and can be found in some oven cleaners.


While Bakers ammonia is still used by some professional bakers, home bakers are increasingly opting for baking soda or baking powder. Baking soda is more commonly used because it is easier to find and use, while baking powder is more effective.

Where to buy bakers ammonia?

Bakers ammonia can be difficult to find in stores and may require special ordering.

Bakers ammonia can be found online or at specialty baking stores. It is also sometimes sold as a cleaning product. Bakers ammonia should be stored in a cool, dry place.

How to use bakers ammonia?

Bakers ammonia can be used in any recipe that calls for a leavening agent. To use Bakers ammonia, mix it with flour and other dry ingredients before adding wet ingredients. Bakers ammonia should not come into contact with wet ingredients until it is ready to be used, as this will cause the gasses to be released too early and result in a sunken cake or bread.

What is a substitute for bakers ammonia?

Bakers ammonia is slowly being replaced by other leavening agents, such as baking soda and baking powder. Baking soda is more commonly used in home baking because it is easier to find and use.

Baking powder is a combination of baking soda and an acid, such as cream of tartar, which makes it more effective than baking soda alone. Bakers ammonia can be difficult to find in stores and may require special ordering.


What does the FDA say about bakers ammonia?

The FDA has classified Bakers ammonia as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS). Bakers ammonia is safe to use in baking, but should not be ingested. Bakers ammonia can irritate the skin and eyes and should be used with caution.

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Hi, I'm Shane the person behind bakesomebread.com

I've been baking bread for about 10 years now and ever since mastering sourdough bread in 2020 I've decided to branch out into discovering every type of bread imaginable.

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