So I was looking under the bed where I keep

@cynthiann (18619)
Jamaica
June 30, 2010 12:05pm CST
loads of books in airtight plastic containers. Somecowgirl's discussion prompted this action. Thought it was time to donate some more to our local Cancer Society. So I thumbed through one very old (38 years) book on household hints and scanned the cookery section and read the following "When making pancakes, it recommended that for the lightest pancakes and waffles ever, replace the liquid with club soda" Idle thought: Perhaps I should close the windows before cooking or the pancakes may float out. I know - feeling silly today Have you ever used club soda in making pancakes?
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@owlwings (39227)
• Cambridge, England
30 Jun 10
I have hear that soda water is good. It contains carbon-dioxide, of course, which will be trapped by the egg and make light pancakes. When we had enough snow, my mother used to make pancakes with snow instead of the water/milk for the same reason. Snow contains a great deal of trapped air and, if it's stirred into the mixture before it melts, the air is trapped in a similar way.
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• United States
30 Jun 10
Very neat response Owlwings! You learn something new everyday! I think I'd be more inclined to try the snow then club soda as i don't care to buy ingredients I can't use for multiple things.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
30 Jun 10
Wow! You learn something new everyday! We have tons of snow here but don't know if I would use that either!
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Jun 10
champagne pancakes, now there's a concept...
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
1 Jul 10
I can not say that I have used club soda to make pancakes before. That is the first time I have ever heard of that tip. Sounds like it would be worth a try though. I will have to try it next time I make pancakes, I would love for them to be lighter and fluffier. Thank you for the tip and be sure to keep your windows closed.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
1 Jul 10
The second response explains why it should be good to use. And yes, when get t make pancakes then I will keep my windows closed
@med889 (5958)
1 Jul 10
I have just started loving cooking and I have cooked some very relishing dishes too but it was only possible because of the recipes book which I have bought in world book day so maybe after reading your discussion I might also be trying some cakes now.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
1 Jul 10
That would be great.If you read the second response to this post then it will give you the reason why it works.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
30 Jun 10
I don't use club soda for pancakes. But for the past few weeks I've been having some pancakes for breakfast regularly, so I deemed it necessary to respond to this discussion. My pancakes I get from McDonalds. Easier than making them myself. I just have to remember to get them before 10:30 though.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
30 Jun 10
We do not have a McDonalds where I live but whenever I get to the USA I have either McDonalds or Ihops
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@jillhill (37384)
• United States
30 Jun 10
NO but it's an interesting concept! I don't think I'll try it though. I am not fond of drinking club soda so I don't think I would be quick to try it in my pancakes!
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
30 Jun 10
Read the second response where Owlwings gives the explanation of why it works.
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@much2say (39218)
• United States
30 Jun 10
Nope, but I seem to recall a chef on tv using club soda in the batter for making tempura. I assume it makes a fluffier coating when cooked (as opposed to a flat, skin like coating). Well, if you make any club soda pancakes and they float out your window, please make sure they drift by this way (real maple syrup will be waiting - hee hee). Sometimes those old cookbooks have the simplest tricks!
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
30 Jun 10
I'm going to have fun with this book - just so full of hints. Real Maple syrup? May I come too?
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@AmbiePam (49079)
• United States
30 Jun 10
I like your goofiness.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
30 Jun 10
Thank you dear
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
2 Jul 10
I've never used club soda for anything in my life. However, when I learned to cook from my mother and father and they were teaching me to make pancakes and waffles, they taught me to make them with Sprite or 7Up, which isn't exactly the same thing, but pretty close. I can't eat pancakes that aren't cooked with the carbinated soda in them at all, they taste far too heavy to me. And now I know where this tip came from.
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Jun 10
No, I haven't. But if I ever do that, do I have to start a club in order for people to be able to eat them?
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
30 Jun 10
Of course and you would have the dubious offer of being the CEO - or Chairman of the Board did yo read Owlwings? So da how it works
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Jun 10
@owlwings (39227)
• Cambridge, England
30 Jun 10
Send me an application form, please. Shall we have a jolly name like "Dawn's Dampers" or "Cyn's Forgiven" (or even "The MyLot Tossers")?
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@ellie333 (21029)
30 Jun 10
Hi Cynthiann, I have never used club soda, don't even know what itis to make pancakes with but I do love pancakes so give us a shout when ready and I will come do some taste testing for you. Also if books are that old go into amazon and type in ISBN number as some might be worth a lot of money and you can sell through them too, just a thought. Huggles. Ellie :D
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
30 Jun 10
Hey girl - you are so bright.I had never thought of selling books on Amazon and I do have several hundred books. Thanks for the great idea
@owlwings (39227)
• Cambridge, England
30 Jun 10
I wonder if this is the book we are talking about? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0517101793?ie=UTF8&tag=owlpel-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0517101793 This edition seems to have been published in 1994 but it may well be a reprint or something!
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
1 Jul 10
I have left it in my office as I had to go to my part time job. I will check the author tomorrow but am pretty sure that the print date I entered was correct.Not worth much on Amazon though. I will ley you know tomorrow.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
30 Jun 10
No I haven't.. but I don't think I'd like light pancakes. I like them hearty and thick.. more filling that way.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
30 Jun 10
So you use less liquid to make them thick?
• United States
30 Jun 10
Nope, because that would make less pancakes! I just following the suggested directions and it works out well for us.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
1 Jul 10
If it works then I agree with you - no need to change what works.
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
1 Jul 10
Pandan Leaves - A tropical local favorite leave responsible for it fragrance in food and desserts. It even has properties that drives away the pesky cockroaches in the house and car interiors.
cynthiann, I always make it a point to save your posts here as they are so enlightening to read. Good one on the floating pancakes! But, dang!! There goes my secret recipe of Fried Strawberries Shrimps where I actually would splash a dash of club soda for this tasty dish! So, my secret weapon (ingredient) has been exposed. So, I have never used club soda in the making of my pancakes but I use water that I boiled over with Pandan leaves in my pancake mix, which not only makes my pancake fragrant - it keeps those pesky cockroaches away from my food!!
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
2 Jul 10
Fried stawberry shrimps? You are kidding me, right?
• Singapore
2 Jul 10
Dom Perignon - Dom Perignon - The King of Champagnes.
cynthiann, I kid you not and I can assure you that it tastes better than the best Chinese sweet and sour pork, you've ever tasted. Also, it goes very well with a glass of Dom Perignon or a bottle if you like.
@oldchem1 (8144)
1 Jul 10
actually this works very well in any batter - especialy tempura batter.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
2 Jul 10
You are the first person who has done his! I am glad that it works
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
1 Jul 10
I have never used club soda when making pancakes, come to think of it, it’s been ages since I made pancakes! I keep club soda in the pantry for removing spills from carpet, it works wonders! I love those old cooking books, I have some from my High School Days and everything is so different and basic; there were no microwaves for a start!
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
2 Jul 10
No, no microwaves. I am glad that whilst at school I id receive coking lessons - it was compulsory. No anything in my case - not even an electric beater.
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@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Jul 10
hi cynthiann oh my club soda in pancakes well I would be one would not get indigestion eating them with all the bubbles. You awakened my silly bone. No I cannot say that I have but I shudder remembering my mom's pancakes, now I loved her with all my heart, but she made the heaviest soggiest pancakes and my dad really loved them. All I can say is that while she made them like that I lost ten pounds and at twelve i needed to so that really helped. maybe she should have got that hint too. I was just thinking of an old book on cooking and it warned the reader not to eat tomatoes as they were posionous. wow. the book was written in 1910 I think it was. All my old books that were sort of collectors items are in storage.sob.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
2 Jul 10
Maybe I would lose more weight if your mother made me pancakes! I thought that my mother made the best Victoria sponge cake in the world - until I tasted someone else'. So I do understand why your father liked them - it was what he was used to. I do hope that you get to see your books again. Many blessings
@mrcol1010 (209)
• United States
30 Jun 10
I have heard of that, but i have never had the courage to try it. I dont want bad pancakes for breakfast ;D
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
30 Jun 10
If you read the second response to this post then you will get the scientific explanation. Welcome to Mylot. I ope that you have fun here.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
30 Jun 10
I have never made pancakes with club soda and it probably never would have occurred to me to try that. I guess it does make sense though. I have made a cake before with nothing but a boxed cake mix and a can of diet Coke. It turned out super moist and fluffy.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
30 Jun 10
Owlwings gave a scientific explanation why it would work.If you try it before me then please let me know if they are really so light and fluffy that they float?
@cbjones (1157)
• United States
30 Jun 10
I've only used club soda to get a stain out of a shirt once. Didn't think it was actually edible. I thought it had some sort of acid in it or something, and that's why it would get the stain out(I'm only a little serious about this.) I won't dare look under my bed right now. I lost a pork chop sandwich a few weeks ago. It might have become self aware, and is waiting to strike from under the bed. I think my Game Boy is under there as well. So at least it has something to do while waiting.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
30 Jun 10
I would be ashamed to tell you what us under my bed. My home is small and my children and grands keep coming back The Christmas tree is there but the other stuff is packed in plastic boxes with lids. Dear God in Heaven - beware of pork chops floating around.That is worse than a floating pancake. The first response gives a detailed scientific explanation
• United States
30 Jun 10
Nope! I've never heard of using club soda in pancakes. Interesting.... But you know some of those hint books have awsome advice. I hope you found other useful tips that you care to try or share w/ us.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
30 Jun 10
There is so much in the book that I am going to read some more tonight. It is called the Giant Book of Helpful Hints. Will keep you all informed. anything to save some money
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
30 Jun 10
Good day, Cynthi, glad u feel well enough to feel silly, that's great. No, i have never done that. I don't ever keep club soda on hand so guess i'll stick to my old method. Don't make many pancakes anymore since the kids are gone. hugs.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
30 Jun 10
Hi Jo - I would love someone to try this with club soda or if I remember to buy some then I will try it. Blessings