Saltines are sometimes called “soda crackers” because of the baking soda used in them.
Saltines or Soda Crackers are square crackers, 2 inches by 2 inches (5 x 5 cm), that are salted. Tiny holes (called “docker holes”) are punched in them before baking to allow the steam to escape. They are sometimes sold as individual squares; sometimes sold in perforated sheets from which you break off the ones you want.
They are very crisp, but still tender. They taste just like Water Biscuits, only they are shaped differently and salted.
Saltines used to be saltier than they are now.
Crumbled Saltines can be used to thicken soups, but hold back on salting the soup until after the Saltines are in as they will add a fair bit of salt.
Generally, for crackers to serve with good cheeses, you should use other types of crackers or biscuits that aren’t as salty so that they won’t interfere with the taste of the cheese. Saltines, however, work fine with most generic North American cheese, whose blandness actually benefits from the salt on the Saltine crackers.
In parts of America such as southern Texas and Nebraska, people will crunch up Saltines into their chili: they even make the chili a bit waterier to allow for the addition of the Saltines at the table.
High in sodium (unless you buy the low-sodium varieties), but low in cholesterol and saturated fats.
2 crackers = 6g = .2 oz
28 soda crackers = 1 cup of crumbs = 3 oz = 85g
Saltine crackers can be stored indefinitely. Just keep them well-wrapped to keep moisture out of them.
The Josiah Bent Bakery invented crackers close to what we know as Soda Crackers today in 1801. They were different from their progenitor, “pilot bread”, sort of a navy tack, which was being made by their competitor, Pearson & Sons Bakery in Newburyport, Massachusetts as of 1792.
Premium brand Saltines were launched before 1876. They used the slogan, “Polly wants a cracker”.
During the Depression, it became very popular to base recipes on Soda Crackers because they were so cheap.
Nabisco introduced computers in the 1960s to oversee the Cracker production process.