Beer Info FAQ

How much baking soda do I add to chili?

How much baking soda do I add to chili?

Using baking soda to tenderize ground beef for chili is quite simple. America's Test Kitchen (via AP News) recommends using 3/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1-1/2 teaspoons salt to treat 2 pounds. The beef is mixed with these dry ingredients, plus 2 tablespoons of water, before being used in your chili recipe.

Can you leave baking soda on meat too long?

What happens if you leave the solution on the meat longer than the 15 to 20 minutes we call for? Briefly soaking meat in a solution of baking soda and water raises the pH on the meat's surface, making it more difficult for the proteins to bond excessively, which keeps the meat tender and moist when it's cooked.