Skip to content

How to Make Homemade Baking Powder

How to Make Homemade Baking Powder
Buy at Amazon

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.

Published inDIY Prepper ProjectsKitchen & Farm

One Comment

  1. janey1113 janey1113

    David, a great article. I think baking powder has about the shortest shell life of all my preps. How can I get this old and not know this way of making baking powder?
    As far as the book on animal fats, I don’t know if you are old enough to remember the book “everything you wanted to know about sex, but were afraid to ask”? It was a best seller, but the author of that book also wrote the book “everything you wanted to know about vitamins, but were afraid to ask”. In it he talked of the fact that before the war (I don’t know if it was the first or the second) everyone used butter. During the war, butter was hard to find, so someone came up with margarine. Before this heart attacks were unheard of. He says margarine equals heart attacks. I have eaten butter ever since and no margarine in my house. My grandparents lived on potatoes fried in bacon grease and pinto beans. Butter on their biscuits. They lived to be old, old, old.

Leave a Reply