Where can one buy food grade cornstarch &
I bought a ton of Baking Soda at Costco
(sodium bicarbonate), and I want to make
a small amount of baking powder.
Baking powder, as far as I can tell, is
baking soda + cornstarch + "cream of tartar"
which is usually either calcium phosphate
or potassium hydrogen tartrate (KC4H5O6).
I went to Safeway, Trader Joes, and Whole
Foods, but none had the missing ingredients,
only one of which is required (the cornstarch
is optional but the acid tartrate is not.
Where can one buy food grade cornstarch &
Cream of Tartar
Cornstarch is available at any grocery store.
So is cream of Tartar, but if I remember right is seems to cost a fortune
for what it is, and is sold in small amounts. Maybe Smart & Final or
Restaurant Depot, etc. sells in larger quantities for a more reasonable
Yahbut he only wants to amke "a small amoun of baking powder".
Most folks would just buy a can of baking powder but If price is no object there's a recipe or DIY baking powder here:
"Optionally, you may create and store a powdered baking powder substitute for use at a later date. Combine your cream of tartar and baking soda in a 2:1 ratio as you normally would, then add a quantity of cornstarch equal to the amount of baking soda you added. The cornstarch will absorb moisture from the air, preventing the baking soda and cream of tartar from reacting prematurely."
On Monday, January 12, 2015 at 6:27:54 PM UTC-5, Susan Bugher wrote:
2:1 ratio as you normally would, then add a quantity of cornstarch equal t
o the amount of baking soda you added. The cornstarch will absorb moisture
from the air, preventing the baking soda and cream of tartar from reacting
Some of us would simplify that to combine your cream of tartar, baking soda
and cornstarch in a ratio of 2:1:1
Think of all the cumulative time I've saved the folks of the world with tha
Every grocery store I've patronized carries
both "food grade cornstarch"[*] and cream of tartar.
Check the flour section for the former, and the
spice rack for the CoT.
[*] Used to work on the line bagging starch in 100#
bags. For food grade, we had to wear a hairnet.
I just buy Argo at Albertson's Supermarket. It's on the shelf right next to
the cornstarch :)
Clabber Girl bought the Rumford label and it's aluminum free too but
slightly more expensive than Argo.
As for cream of tartar, I wouldn't call them health foods stores exactly,
but a couple of local markets have bulk spices that a much less expensive
than those little McCormick jars. Of course, they have bulk baking powder
too. And cornstarch.
Snuffy \"Hub Cap\" McKinney wrote, on Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:48:29 -0800:
The cornstarch is optional, and only really
needed for storage.
If I make the baking powder on the fly,
there should be no need for cornstarch.
What I REALLY need is the powdered acid,
whether it's calcium phosphate or potassium
hydrogen tartrate (KC4H5O6) from wine casks.
There is none of this at Safeway, Trader
Joes, or Whole Foods.
Are you saying that Walgreens has the
On Tue, 13 Jan 2015 06:16:22 +0000 (UTC), Whitney Ryan wrote:
Then you must be blind. Any Safeway or Whole Foods will have both
those items. Safeway even has their own house brand of cornstarch and
Whole Foods has their own 365 brand of Cream of Tartar.
Juile, is that you?
Nothing more to see here. It's just another time-waster.
Why do you have a bag of flour at home?
Why not just buy bread and cake?
Why do you have eggs at home?
Why not just buy your omelets ready made?
Why do you have a bag of sugar at home?
Why not just buy all your cookies at the store?
Have you ever bought the five-dollar bag of
baking soda from Costco? It's the size of a
bag of cement.
If I buy a similar five-dollar five pound
bag of powdered acid, I can make all the
baking powder I want whenever I want.
On Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:17:43 AM UTC-5, Whitney Ryan wrote:
There is a huge difference in the taste of fresh baked bread
and cake versus store bought, that's why I bake some stuff here.
There isn't any taste difference in baking soda bought or made.
Sure, 99% of it goes into the pool.
To use you logic, why don't you buy the wheat to make the flour too?
Almost everyone I know does at least some baking, cooking, etc.
I don't know anyone that makes their own cream of tartar, much less
in 5 lb quantities. You think maybe that's why the supermarket doesn;t
carry that size?
And for the record, you didn't say you wanted a 5 pound bag of cream
of tartar. If you had, none of us would say to look in the local
supermarket. You said you couldn't find it at all in the supermarket.
All the rest of us have found it, it's in the spice rack, in a little jar.
costs ~$4. You can buy 10 times as much *baking powder*, already made,
at the same store for less. It performs the same as what you're going
to make, so there goes all the bogus food comparisons you made above.
Also, if you use that much, then you can buy *baking powder* in bulk.
A simple google search shows it's available for as little as $7 for a
5lb bag. A similar search shows that cream of tartar is also available
for ~$7 a pound from various suppliers. What exactly is your problem?
Something is obviously not right here. Someone who would need that
much baking powder, cream of tartar, etc to make screwing around worth
it, surely knows where to find all those products in the local
supermarkets. And enough sense to know that if you want bulk volumes
of them, you can find them at restaurant supply stores, online, etc.
What buffoon would expect to find 5lb bags of cream of tartar in
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Baking powder goes bad, expires, loses effectiveness, or however you want to
Kinda makes it silly to make up a large amount of the stuff when it can be
purchased in small amounts far more economically than you can set up to make
a commonly used INGREDIENT.
Note that it's an ingredient, not a finished product. So your comparisons
are not germane as they areall for finished prepared foods. Have you ever
seen anyone eat baking soda?
Seems like that would be obvious.
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