The secret to crispy, chewy, and crystal clear right in your pantry.

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Crispy Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings

The secret to crispy addictive chicken is sitting in your fridge (or pantry) right now. Tossing skin-on chicken pieces in a baking soda and salt solution helps draw out excess moisture. Left uncovered to air-chill in the fridge, the chicken is primed and ready for high heat cooking and fast-tracked to extra crispy. Whether you deep fry or roast on a rack, the audible results will have you hooked on this hack.

Get the recipe: Crispy Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings

Soft Pretzel Bites

Pretzels get their quintessential chew and golden exterior from a secret ingredient: baking soda. It aids in browning and adds a touch of tang to prepared pizza dough, a smart short-cut you can employ to whip up homemade treats for movie night, game day or a post practice treat. Serve them salted, with mustard for dipping, or dunked in melted butter and rolled in cinnamon-sugar.

Get the recipe: Soft Pretzel Bites

Southern Sweet Iced Tea

Just a pinch of baking soda (an eighth of a teaspoon to be exact) turns a pitcher full of sweetened homemade tea into a crystal clear refresher. Serve a tall glass over ice with a squeeze of lemon and a sprig of mint. Or, If you want to get really fancy, try freezing lemon slices in an ice cube tray and use the luxe cubes to keep your drink cool. The lemons will impart subtle flavor as the ice melts.

Get the recipe: Southern Sweet Iced Tea