What is Cream of Tartar?

Structure of potassium bitartrateImage via Wikipedia

So, I decided it times to make my own baking powder.

A 1.5 oz container of Cream of Tartar is close enough to 1/4 cup, that I decided to just use the size of the container as a recipe guideline, for myself.

Then I got to BiLo, to buy more cream of tartar. BiLo’s brand is significantly cheaper than McCormick’s, but comes in a 1 oz container. There goes my simple recipe idea.

But, then I was asked, “What is Cream of Tartar?”

I started to think about this.. I had no idea if the two brands of Cream of Tartar were really like comparing apples to apples.

Years ago, I would have said, “I only keep Cream of Tartar for Snickerdoodle cookies.” (and, in my opinion, there is no substitute.)

But, now I’m fiddling with baking powder, to eliminate the whole alluminum chemical crap in commercial baking powder.

So, when I got home, I turned on some Google Juice.

Okay. Cream of Tartar is Potassium Acid Salt. (KC4H5O6 to be specific.) It is also known as Potassium Hydrogen Tartrate or Potassium Bitartrate.

So, my new baking powder is Potassium Bitartrate and Sodium Bicarbonate (2:1.) I’ve chosen Arrowroot Powder as a substitute for Corn Starch, although I can’t really figure out the function of the filler, other than drying or anti-caking. I added it because I don’t have to adjust recipes.. and I don’t have to think to only use .75 HM Baking powder per 1.00 teaspoons suggested.

This may all change after my first recipe trial, in muffins, though.

Can’t get away from the chemicals.. Please don’t tell me what bad these chemicals are, if any.. I need to not know for a while. :)

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What is Cream of Tartar?

Structure of potassium bitartrateImage via Wikipedia

So, I decided it times to make my own baking powder.

A 1.5 oz container of Cream of Tartar is close enough to 1/4 cup, that I decided to just use the size of the container as a recipe guideline, for myself.

Then I got to BiLo, to buy more cream of tartar. BiLo’s brand is significantly cheaper than McCormick’s, but comes in a 1 oz container. There goes my simple recipe idea.

But, then I was asked, “What is Cream of Tartar?”

I started to think about this.. I had no idea if the two brands of Cream of Tartar were really like comparing apples to apples.

Years ago, I would have said, “I only keep Cream of Tartar for Snickerdoodle cookies.” (and, in my opinion, there is no substitute.)

But, now I’m fiddling with baking powder, to eliminate the whole alluminum chemical crap in commercial baking powder.

So, when I got home, I turned on some Google Juice.

Okay. Cream of Tartar is Potassium Acid Salt. (KC4H5O6 to be specific.) It is also known as Potassium Hydrogen Tartrate or Potassium Bitartrate.

So, my new baking powder is Potassium Bitartrate and Sodium Bicarbonate (2:1.) I’ve chosen Arrowroot Powder as a substitute for Corn Starch, although I can’t really figure out the function of the filler, other than drying or anti-caking. I added it because I don’t have to adjust recipes.. and I don’t have to think to only use .75 HM Baking powder per 1.00 teaspoons suggested.

This may all change after my first recipe trial, in muffins, though.

Can’t get away from the chemicals.. Please don’t tell me what bad these chemicals are, if any.. I need to not know for a while. :)

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