I recently was able to eat a meal that my new daughter in law prepared. Not bad I must say. that my son is a very lucky person. One thing I learned though is that she did not know a lot about her ingredients. We discussed the difference between all purpose flour and self rising flour and when to use each. We also discussed the difference between baking powder and baking soda. So I decided to complete an experiment with her and share with all of you. Exactly how can you make baking powder if you only have baking soda.
There are three main ingredients in this recipe
cream of tarter
Cream of tarter is simply potassium bitartrate or tartaric acid that has reacted with potassium hydroxide. Tartaric acid is transformed into a type of salt when combined with potassium hydroxide. This mixture is found naturally in wine barrels after fermentation as well at the bottom of wine bottles over time. Cream of Tarter can be expensive in the grocery store so making your own baking powder is not necessarily frugal.
Arrowroot Powder is the natural alternative to cornstarch. Works great in gravies or any recipe that calls for cornstarch. If you are making up a small batch of baking soda to make right away then arrowroot is not necessary. The arrowroot works to absorb moisture so that you can keep the baking powder in an airtight jar and store it with spices on the shelf
Now For The Recipe:
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp arrowroot powder
Larger Batch (Makes 2 cups or 16oz)
- ½ cup baking soda
- 1 cup cream of tartar
- ½ cup arrowroot powder
- Combine all ingredients and store in an air tight jar in your cupboard.
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