That said, Irish soda bread is ancient. Supposedly there ARE natural sources. Guess seawater or something? It would be interesting to know how they acquired it in 'ye olden days'... seems like it would be a valuable bargaining chip should it come to it. Same for salt. Salt was very valuable in the middle ages... still is in the desert. There are families that make salt pillars for a living. Without salt in the desert, you die.
Sadly Baking Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate isnt easy to "make" unless you have some Chemestry back ground.....
A quote from YahooANswers
""As far as the history part....in 1861 Ernest Solvay developed a process to make sodium bicarbonate..
His process involves heating so it releases CO2....the CO2 vapors are bubbled through an aqueous solution (meaning dissolved in water) of ammonia and sodium chloride (table salt..dissolved in water)....Sodium bicarbonate will precipitate (come out of solution)...
This process isn't really possible because ammonia isn't really available in a grocery store...nor would it be safe to work with at home & by someone who doesn't really know what he/she is doing...
Sodium bicarbonate occurs naturally in minerals found in dried up salt water lake beds....which is how it could have been obtained from the "pre industrial age" .....""
Your best bet is to use SourDough style starters for breads.... And learn to make unleavened breads..... There are quite a few out there.... Just about all countries have their own version. I make one that is very yummy good with Beans.... Hoe Cakes.... Which involves two ingredients. Cornmeal and boiling hot water. Mix em up till you cant stir any more let it set so the corn can absorb the water then form it into Patties and fry them. OMG.... YOu can add chiles or herbage of your choice if you want.
With regard to cleaning.... I personally use vinegar Its easy to make and a very powerful disinfectant. Plus it dissolves calcium for hard water issues. There are several sites devoted to vinegar and its use.
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