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Cream of Tartar 1 Lb
Cream of Tartar. also known as potassium hydrogen tartrate, or potassium bitartrate, and is an effervescent acid obtained as a by-product of wine making. It is a very useful ingredient in a wide variety of formulations. Besides cooking, where it often adds texture and helps with tastes, it also finds uses as an additive to make popular "Bath Bombs," and "bubble bars," as a hardener.Stabilizing egg whites, - increasing their heat tolerance and volume
Thickening and Anti-Caking
Stabilizing whipped cream, to maintain texture and volume
Preventing sugar syrups from crystallizing
Reducing discoloration of boiled vegetables
Used in Baking powder, as an acid ingredient to activate baking soda . Mix your own baking powder, combine 1/4 teaspoon baking soda with 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar.
Another common use for cream of tartar is for making homemade play dough.
Cream of tartar is also useful as a cleaner. Easy to make just take Cream of Tartar and mix with a simple acidic liquid like lemon juice or white vinegar, to form a paste. Useful as a cleaning agent for metals such as brass, aluminum or copper. Cream of tartar, when mixed into a paste with hydrogen peroxide, can be used to clean rust from tools, like hand files. After mixing, apply the paste and let it sit for a few hours and then wash it off with with a baking soda/water solution to neutralize it. Then rinse again with water , and allow to dry. Afterwards add a light application of oil to protect the tool(s) from further rusting.
Cream of Tartar can also be mixed with water for cleaning jobs- like removing light stains from porcelain. DON'T make the mistake of mixing vinegar and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). These react and neutralize each other, creating carbon dioxide and a sodium acetate solution (it foams like crazy).
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In food, potassium bitartrate is used for:
Cream of Tartar also:
Used as a sodium-free salt substitutes, in combination with potassium chloride
In days gone by, Cream of tartar was often used in traditional dyeing where the complexing action of the tartrate ions were used to adjust the solubility and hydrolysis of mordant salts such as tin chloride and alum.
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