Here is a recipe for homemade baking powder, which is an essential ingredient in many baking recipes.
I add it because it can be cheaper to make it in bulk on your own (depending on if you can get cheap cream of tartar – a byproduct of wine making), and because many commercial baking powder products contain aluminum sulfate.
Homemade baking powder also keeps aluminum out of your food.
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon corn starch (optional – used to reduce caking, which what the sulfate does)
- Mix the baking soda and cream of tartar together until well combined.
- Use immediately
If you want to store it, add a teaspoon of corn starch to the mixture, and stir.
This will absorb any moisture from the air, store in an air-tight container.
A lot of people may wonder why go through all the trouble to make something you can easily go to the store and buy and it is hard to explain to them.
Partly the reason is because most of the time homemade is more healthy, but that’s not the real reason.
Sometimes, homemade is cheaper – but that is not it either.
Homemade may be the only thing available in a disaster, and that is a great reason to know how to do it.
But its the same reason some people climb mountains – because it is there, and because I can.