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The obvious answer.

Last night a person (unidentified to protect her humility) text me with this photo and question.  Why did my “made from scratch” biscuits turn out flat instead of fluffy? She explained she used cold butter, cut it in till it was crumbly, didn’t over work it, so what went wrong?    I suggested she test the baking powder for freshness.  All you have to do is put 1/4 teaspoon of the baking powder in 1 Tablespoon of water.  It should bubble and fizz.  Without waiting for her answer I quickly posted on a FB group the question.  “Bakers:  What will make homemade biscuits flat, not fluffy?   Then I got these photo text’s. 
These are the photos and notations.
The set up and experiment.

Then several minutes later she text this…
it barely fizzed at all.
And then this came.
Ready for it?
You can turn the can over! Whoops on that one.
1st step…check expiration.
We both got a laugh out of it and I posted it on FB, then on this blog.
She still likes me.  She said so.

PS If you want to test Baking soda freshness:  put 1/4 teaspoon off soda in a Tablespoon of white vinegar.  It should bubble and fizz.


  1. That is a great tip on how to check the freshness. I find that sometimes it isn't fresh enough for baking even before the date on teh can :)

  2. Yes, Shannah, I've had some go bad just because it's been open too long.

  3. Woah! That is some old baking powder! I have to admit I wouldn't have thought of testing the freshness of the baking powder. And I've never heard of that tip before, so thanks for sharing! I'll have to test mine when I get home.

  4. Who knew!!??:) BTW Just wanted to let you know I nominated you for a Liebster Award:) (Found you through Justina Who). Don't feel obligated to do it, but hopefully it will send some new traffic your way:). Let me know if you do post; I'd love to read your answers:)!! Alice @ The Owl's Skull

  5. This had me laughing!! I can totally relate! Ty for posting!! :D

  6. Too funny ... I could def see this happening to me.

    Hope you have a great weekend!
    World According to Shia

  7. What great tip! I love baking but I have no idea what the individual ingredients do (so I always have to use recipes). This was, I just have to learn about all of the other common ingredients! Here from MArvelous Monday!

  8. That's a great tip! Biscuits are not something I'm brave enough to try. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.


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