Last Updated on 17th December 2021 by Pauline
Did you know that you can make your own baking powder using common kitchen ingredients? If you run out while you are in the middle of baking something, then don’t despair. You don’t have to drop everything in order to make a run to the store. You can make your own baking powder, and it isn’t that difficult either.
Baking powder is really important to all kinds of foods, creating a chemical reaction when cooked. The components in the baking powder will activate when heated up, forming gas bubbles that raise or lift your baked goods. You would use baking powder in cake, cookies, and other foods to make them fluffy. Without that baking powder, they will be flat and dense. The baking powder spaces them out a bit more, giving them a light and fluffy texture.
Baking powder is used in wet mixtures, like batters or doughs. As the mixture is heated, the carbon dioxide gas in baking powder expands into bubbles. You need that in a variety of baked goods, and you don’t want to try to bake anything without baking powder that calls for it in the recipe. It will not look or taste quite right, and the biggest difference will be in the texture.
Imagine if cornbread was thick and heavy instead of light and airy. Imagine if your cookies all came out dense and hard. You would have very different baked goods, so instead of trying to make foods without baking powder when you run out, just mix together a few key ingredients to making baking powder.
Baking Powder- Make Your Own
So, how to make your own baking powder? I’ll show you with this simple, handy recipe.
Baking Powder- Make Your Own
- 2 tsp of cream of tartar
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 1 tsp of cornstarch
- Begin by mixing together the cream of tartar and the baking soda. Mix them until they are completely combined. This makes baking powder on its own, and the corn starch is not absolutely necessary.
- Mix in the cornstarch and stir it fully to make a better storing baking powder. This is essential if you are going to store up your homemade baking powder over the long term. If you are only making baking powder for immediate use, then don’t bother with this step. It isn’t necessary for you.
The baking powder we are making using cornstarch is great at absorbing moisture from the air, and that helps the baking powder not clump together. It keeps the powder light and airy, perfect for baking with. Make sure you store your baking powder in an airtight container, otherwise the baking soda inside it may go bad.
How long does this store for? It should be fresh for up to month and you probably don’t want to make a bigger batch of homemade baking powder than what you can safely use up in a month. Be sure to use high quality ingredients, because the quality of your baking powder and how effective it is at its job will only be as good as the quality of the ingredients that are used to make it.
Make Your Own Double Acting Baking Powder
You might have heard about double acting baking powder and wonder how you can make that for yourself. What you may not realise is that the regular baking powder you make is really double acting baking powder. All baking powder you buy in stores will almost always be double acting baking powder. That is considered the default, normal baking powder.
So, if you make baking powder according to the method I gave you above, you are really making double acting baking powder.
Is there such a thing as single acting baking powder? Yes, there is, but it isn’t something that is widely available or widely used.
Use Homemade Baking Powder to Remove Stains
Baking powder isn’t just useful for baking with. It is also a component in some powerful home cleaners and stain removers. Can you make your own Shout out of baking powder and water?
You can, and I think the homemade version is even better and safer than the official Shout stain remover. Why is that? It’s because you can make your own at home using fewer chemicals. It will still be every bit as effective, but it will be safer for the environment and for you and your family.
Homemade Baking Powder to Remove Stains
Just mix together all of the following ingredients:
- 2 cups of warm water
- 6 tbsp of baking powder (your homemade oven will work fine)
- ⅔ cup of ammonia
- ⅔ cup of dish detergent
- Just mix all of that together and put it into a spray bottle. Be careful about working with ammonia, as it can cause harmful fumes when you use it in an enclosed space. Make sure you mix this in some place that has plenty of ventilation to protect yourself.
How to Make Protein Powder for Baking
There are some other great products you can make using homemade baking powder, but don’t confuse it with protein powder that can be used for baking certain foods. How to make your own protein powder formula for baking?
You can use your protein powder to make an instant breakfast or an instant meal for anytime. A lot of protein powders are milk based, and you will need milk to make up your own. To make it, just mix together dry milk powder, dry oats, and almonds. You can add in your own flavours to that to make it the way you like it, such as vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, blueberry and more. However, the base protein powder made with almonds, dry milk powder and dry oats can be used in baking, and you can make cakes, cookies, breads and more with it.
Using Baking Powder to Make Shirataki Noodles
Let’s cover one more use for homemade baking powder before I leave you. I want to share with you how to make your own shirataki noodles using baking powder.
Konjac shirataki noodles are delicious and can be made at home with basic ingredients. You can use your own homemade baking powder in this recipe and enjoy an extra big feeling of accomplishment.
Just mix together 2 teaspoons of Konjac powder, a gram of baking powder, and 2 cups of cold water. You can just mix together the water and baking powder and then add in Konjac powder after those two have combined. Warm that in the microwave for 20 minutes, let it cool and then cut it into noodle shapes.