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Friday, October 31, 2008

Is there life in your baking powder??

Every time I bake something that calls for baking powder I always cross my fingers and think I sure hope this is still good. Here is an easy way to test baking powder to see if it is still active. Dont take a chance on ruining a holiday baking project!! All you do is add 1 teaspoon of baking powder to 1 cup of warm water. If it starts to bubble away, then the powder is still active and can be used. If not, you should toss it.
STORAGE: Once you've opened the container, be sure to put the lid on securely after each use to help the powder stay active. It will stay usable for about 6 months or so if store in a cool, dry place.
SUBSTITUTION: In a pinch, for most recipes you can substitute 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar for each tablespoon of baking powder. Only make as much as you will need for that particular recipe because this doesnt store well.

I keep mine in a small tupperware with a tight fitting lid and it seems to work great.

Happy Halloween everyone!!!


BillGent said...

That is a great tip about the baking powder. I made a couple of door stops last week because my powder was bad. Thanks for commenting on my blog!

Mommy's Kitchen said...

I never Knew that Joan, See you learn something new everyday. I will keep this in mind.