Plain old seltzer water is a lot cooler than you think. There’s a lot more to do with the fizzy stuff than just enjoying it as a drink. It’s lesser known as a fantastic addition to enhance many recipes. Cooking with seltzer is as fun as cooking with beer, wine, or champagne for a whole lot cheaper.

The secret is all in the bubbles. The fizzy bubbles in seltzer water expand when heated, and foods have a lighter and fluffier texture as a result. So pop open a bottle and see how your favorite foods can benefit from a bit of bubbly.

1. Cake

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Adding a few splashes of seltzer water to your cake batter at the end will give you the fluffiest cake. The tiny bubbles of air expand while baking giving the finished product a very light and moist texture.

2. Boiling Vegetables

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Cooking vegetables in boiling seltzer water decreases cooking time and helps them stay crunchy and retain their original, vibrant color.

3. Waffles

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Substitute one part milk for one part seltzer water in your favorite waffle recipe. Get ready for the most ridiculously delicious and crunchy waffles you’ve ever had.

4. Scrambled Eggs

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Tired of constantly making rubbery and stiff scrambled eggs? Seltzer water is your answer. Add 1 tablespoon of seltzer water to every 2 eggs cooked for some eggs-tra fluffy eggs.

5. Pancakes

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Sub seltzer for tap water or milk with your favorite pancake recipe (or even crepes) resulting in an even lighter, airier texture. Perfect for Sunday brunch in bed.

6. Dumplings

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Get your dumpling dough fluffier and light with a boost of seltzer. This will give you the perfect bouncy, chewy dumpling texture you always wanted to achieve.