Ammonium bicarbonate is a white crystalline powder that is commonly used in various industrial and food applications, including as a leavening agent in baked goods and as a fertilizer.
In the food industry, ammonium bicarbonate is used as a leavening agent in baked goods such as cookies, crackers, and flatbreads. It releases carbon dioxide gas when heated, which causes the dough or batter to rise and become light and airy.
In agriculture, ammonium bicarbonate is used as a nitrogen fertilizer to provide essential nutrients to plants. It is particularly effective for use on crops that require large amounts of nitrogen, such as corn and wheat.
Ammonium bicarbonate is also used in the production of some specialty chemicals, such as pharmaceuticals and fire retardants.
Ammonium bicarbonate is generally considered safe when used properly. However, it can be a skin and eye irritant, and proper protective equipment should be worn when handling the powder. It should also be stored in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated area away from heat and moisture.