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What is Cream of Tartar used for? (1 Viewer)

Cream of tartar, what is it, I hear you ask? Well, although it's probably something that's been shoved to the back of your cupboard, it's worth knowing it has many uses for baking right through to cleaning.

So just to give you a little insight, here are a few facts about what it is and what you can use it for.

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  • Even though its name in part is cream, it doesn't actually contain any and is, in fact, a dry powdery ingredient.
  • Cream of tartar is an 'acid powder', so if you don't have any in the cupboard (and it's required in your recipe), you can substitute a little lemon juice (which is also an acid) instead.
  • If you use about an ⅛ of a teaspoon of it per egg white when foaming, it will hold the shape, keep the structure and prevent collapse when creating your meringue.
  • Cream of tartar prevents sugar crystals from forming, so it's great to use when working with sugar.
  • You can make a super light and fluffy Angel Food Cake with it.
  • It's sometimes used in winemaking as it helps ferment the grapes into wine.
  • A little sprinkle in a pan can help steamed/boiled vegetables retain their colour.
  • And you can make baking powder with it.
So as you can see, this one little pot has many uses and is definitely worth keeping around.

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