How To Make Authentic-tasting Soft Pretzels At Home Without Any Drain Cleaner « Food Hacks

Baking Soda: A Safer Alternative for Home Cooks For cooks who want to try making pretzels or ramen noodles at home and don’t want to use lye, there is a happier, kinder alternative that will reproduce a similar effect: baking soda . These glorious-looking soft pretzels were made with a baking soda bath, not a lye one. Image via The Novice Chef Baking soda is a much weaker alkali than lye, but on its own, it’s too mild-mannered to mimic lye’s effects on food. So in order to get it to perform better, you just need to take one more step: bake it in the oven.
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