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Cream of Tartar 8 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, is a useful ingredient in a wide variety of formulations. Besides cooking, it is also used 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
And, it is a very useful product around the home.
Used in Cleaning -Cream of Tartar can be mixed with a simple acidic liquid like lemon juice or white vinegar. This will a paste-like cleaning agent for metals such as brass, aluminum or copper.
Cream of Tartar can also be mixed with water for other 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).
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.
Another common use for cream of tartar is for making homemade play dough.
In food, potassium bitartrate is used for:
Cream of Tartar also:
Is Used as a sodium-free salt substitutes, in combination with potassium chloride
Used in Baking powder, as an acid ingredient to activate baking soda
Also useful as a bubble bar hardener and bath bomb hardener when making these fun and fuzzy creations.
Mix your own baking powder, combine 1/4 teaspoon baking soda with 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar.
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