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The Surprising Acidic Food in Your Kitchen: Honey

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You already probably know about vinegar and lemon juice as acidic compounds in your kitchen. Acids are great for marinades, and a little bit of an acid is needed in some baking to even allow a recipe to work! But not all acids are created equal. In fact, honey is acidic enough to throw off a recipe if you're not aware of the acid content!

Honey is better known for its sweetness and sticky texture than its acid, but its pH hovers right around 3.9. Some people even use it to treat their acid reflux, in a weird ironic twist. Of course, you can't just pour honey into anything that you might have used vinegar for. Reserve the bees' bounty for sweeter recipes, and remember to account for substitutions in baking. Depending on the recipe, you may need to add 1/2 tsp of baking soda to neutralize the acid in the honey, or thin it out with water.

When doubt, keep enough ingredients on hard to make a 'test batch' of whatever you're cooking before you commit to using honey as an acid. And remember to take note of any health conditions you may have that honey would aggravate, such as GERD. If all systems are go, have fun experimenting with honey in the kitchen!

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