Thursday, January 3, 2013

Simple Tip: Homemade Baking Powder

I feel foolish even writing a post on this because it really is so simple, but I had no idea until a week ago that you could do this.  I am not the first blogger to cover this, but I am wondering if by some crazy degree of interest if there are some of you out there that didn't know this.  Or maybe you did and you just need a little encouragement or a shove in the right direction to try something new for yourself.

I love becoming more self-reliant, but I must admit sometimes I wonder...seriously why...why am I going to try and do one more thing on my own?  But then there are days when I run out of something I need and I look at my four crazy kids and my upside down house and think...well...doing it myself would be easier than packing up this crazy ship and heading to the store for one thing!  
So now, I can make baking powder.  And honestly, it is more than just being handy, homemade baking powder will be better (not to mention way cheaper!) than the stuff at the store.  Did you know most baking powder contains aluminum which has been linked to Alzheimers?  Also, did you know that even if you pay the extra for the aluminum free stuff it still most likely contains GMO corn.  No thanks!  This is all you really need:


1 part baking soda
2 parts cream of tartar
(optional: for long term storage) 1 part Organic* corn starch or Arrowroot

*Always buy organic anything that contains corn!!!!  85% of corn is GMO and in case you haven't heard that is BAD news!  And by the way corn is in everything..literally.

Mix Ingredients together in the amount you desire.  I did 2 tablespoons per 1 part.  This used my jar of cream of tartar (that by the way was a seasonal item at Aldi and only cost me 99 cents).  Store in an airtight container.  Bake with it!!

I didn't add the corn starch to mine, but I did use all of what I made in about 2 weeks.  Toward the end it was a little clumpy, but still worked.  The last thing I used it to make was my Grain-free Banana Nut Muffins.  See how they turned out!

They rose from this...

To this!!

Each thing I take on making by myself gives me a feeling of control over myself...which of course is false, because I live in a world where four little people make most of the decisions for me!  But I can make baking powder and hand soap and butter and I feel dang good about it!!  But seriously this one is too simple, you should give it a try!

Love and Butter,


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