DIY Baking Powder
Did you ever have a “gotcha moment”? I don’t know about you but we try to eat healthy, watch what we put in our bodies and on our bodies. By that I mean doing laundry with harsh chemicals in both the detergent and dryer sheets. Then with shampoos, makeup, etc. whenever you bathe you’re into chemical overload. I don’t know how one does dry cleaning any more with the chemicals in the cleaning fluids, then it’s covered in plastic to hold the chemicals in! Enough already! Well we’ve corrected all of the above, but the battle to have good health never ends. Ditch the chemicals!
Both my wife, Mary and I enjoy cooking and baking very much. There’s a couple of reasons. One, is we fix what we enjoy and we know what’s in the foods we prepare. It also helps us watch our weight. Second, it’s much less expensive.
We do go out but not to often and mostly with friends or family. So before I get any more sidetracked let me tell you why I’m writing this post. It’s because of baking powder!
We were getting low and since we do a lot of DIY I thought I would look up diy baking powder. Did I get my eyes opened!
ALUMINUM IN YOUR BAKING POWDER!
I found that one of the least expensive, and most effective, things you can do to improve the taste of your cakes, breads, cookies, and muffins is to switch to aluminum-free baking powder. What! Aluminum in my baking powder. Yep, sure enough.
As I was looking for directions I noticed that one of the ingredients on our container of baking powder contained aluminum sulfate in addition to cornstarch and baking soda. So the alarm bells started going off again and more research began.
Here is another thing I discovered. Aluminum is a neurotoxin that may lead to neurological problems, for example, Alzheimer’s disease. It turns out that in testing the brains of the deceased that levels of aluminum were much higher than in normal patients of the same age.
Knowing that metals as additives are not good for the body, this is what I learned: The human body is able to excrete aluminum in it’s natural form but aluminum, like mercury, as an additive is toxic to the body, specifically to the brain and it is a poison. So with a bit more research I learned that I can make my own baking powder and that the aluminum isn’t necessary.
A small adjustment is necessary so it’s good to understand the properties of the ingredients and how they work.
Here’s a short summary of baking powder. Baking soda is an alkaline substance and cream of tartar is an acidic substance, and they react together to make carbon dioxide gas bubbles causing leavening when combined with a liquid. So when baking powder is added to a liquid it starts the leavening process.
In the early 1900s aluminum sulfate was added to baking powder because when heated the aluminum will react with the baking soda and cream of tartar and start another leavening process hence “double-acting” baking powder. Homemade baking powder is “single-acting” because it will only have one leavening action.
Homemade Baking Powder clumps together so some people add cornstarch to the mixture. If you have corn allergies you can also substitute Arrowroot and it will prevent clumping.
DIY BAKING POWDER RECIPE
Baking Powder is super easy and inexpensive to make, and making it for us cuts out the toxic aluminum so baked foods taste better. Our bodies will thank us.
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Homemade Baking Powder:
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder/corn starch (optional-to prevent clumping)
1.In a small bowl, combine the cream of tartar and baking soda and stir.
2.Using a sifter or fine sieve, sift together 3 times. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. (Double or triple the recipe-your choice)
Note: In a pinch I used equal amounts of Arrowroot and Cream of Tartar and it worked exceptionally well without sifting!