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Can Akla Seltzer Work As A Leavener?

It's got so much fizz. AS is supposed to neutralize stomach acid, so would a 1/4 tablet react with an acid batter (say citrus or buttermilk) to give super-rise power?

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  1. It is aspirin,citric acid and baking soda.

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    1. I wouldn't use it if serving to someone who might be allergic to aspirin

      1. Think about the sodium level too; if I recall its almost 500mg of sodium for either 1 or both tabs (look on the box).

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        1. re: gmk1322

          The sodium is from sodium bicarbonate, the same thing as baking soda.

        2. Or you could try Pop Rocks instead...

          1. Why would you want to try? It's more expensive than proper leavening, and aspirin tastes awful.
            There are lots of things Alka Seltzer will do, like cleaning jewelry and drains. If you have some to use up, google the topic. I had AS cold formula I could no longer use for medical reasons, but used it to get burned-on food off a skillet.

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            1. re: greygarious

              In a pinch, if I run out of baking powder and had an Alka Seltzer, it could be a baking life saver (no pun on the aspirin).

              In that respect, I was wondering if TUMS (calcium carbonate) would work in place of baking soda.

            2. Those fizzing denture cleaner tablets would probably give a lot of leavening, too, but I wouldn't use them.

              1. Since it has an acid and a base, it acts more like baking powder which is why when you mix it in water, it'll react. With double acting baking powder, you get the reaction on mixing with liquid and with heat but you wouldn't get that with the alka seltzer on heat. So, it would react immediately when added to the liquid but not as much as if you used baking powder. Overall, I think the taste of alka selzer or tums would be enough that I would run to the store to get some more baking soda or powder, rather than use either.