Rick and I talked on GF Radio about his 'ah ha' moments working with baking powder, and Rick wrote a post about how baking powder works on his Rick's Column for GF. I added to the conversation that I had learned about how baking powder works, and why it needs to be fresh, from my friend Charlie, who helped me make this Southern Biscuit Recipe video for GF TV.
Charlie explained to me that baking powder needs to be fresh, and that the can of baking powder the average person has in the cabinet is probably stale. So Charlie made me a convert to making my own baking powder with this recipe:
1 part baking soda to 2 parts cream of tartar
The beauty of this is a lot of recipes call for 1 tablespoon of baking powder, so to make it fresh, just mix together 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar. Its best to buy cream of tartar online, Penzy's Spice has it.
To show just what a difference fresh baking powder makes, check out these blueberry pancakes. I made these using the fresh baking powder recipe and the pancake batter had yogurt in it, which makes baking powder go into overdrive, because of its acid content.
Do you mix baking powder fresh? are there other kitchen products that we should be making fresh instead of buying them in a box or container? Let us know below: