Sody Saluradus

Sody Saluradus

The Apple Seed

Silly and Smart

Episode: Silly and Smart

  • Jul 21, 2016 7:26 pm
  • 10:52 mins

A Donna Washington variation on a classic Appalachian tale. Saleratus appeared on the market in 1840, replacing pearlash as a baking ingredient to produce rising in dough. By the start of the 1860s baking soda in turn replaced it. For a short time some people called the new baking soda ‘saleratus.’ This story, then, probably dates from that period when both terms were used simultaneously: “soda/saleratus.” To learn more about Donna Washington visit

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