Um, fellow chefs, tell me the reason for baking soda in recipes???

Here's why. We make our own pancake batter here at home, which calls for 3 tbs. of baking soda. My husband can taste the baking soda and is totally grossed out by the bitter taste.

Can I leave this stuff out? I've cranked it down to 1 tbs. but he can still taste it.

What to do What to do . . .

In your culinary debt,