Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to switch to an aluminium-free baking powder.
When I first heard about aluminum potentially causing Alzheimer’s, I was very surprised that it was in baking powder. When I got home and checked, I did not have aluminum-free baking powder on my shelf! I decided, baby step style, to wait until mine was almost empty and then look up the homemade version. I knew it used cream of tartar, so I even bought some in bulk to prepare.
As the moment neared, I decided to check out the aluminum-free baking powder in my regular grocery store. I assumed it would be much more expensive than the conventional baking powder. Much to my pleasant surprise, it’s only $0.20-30 more. I bought some.
Does it Affect your Baking?
I haven’t noticed any difference in my baking yet (I’m always a little hit and miss anyway!). When researching I found using aluminum-free baking powder may actually improve the taste of your baked goods. The aluminum in baking powder has been known cause a tin flavor, yuck! A simple switch is better than that taste, and it can improve your future health.
One thing to note. Since aluminum-free baking powder reacts to liquid and not heat you’ll want to be sure to get your baked goods in the oven soon after mixing the dry and wet ingredients to get the full rise.
Does Baking Powder Go Bad?
Baking powder doesn’t last forever and can lose its rising power. If you find you don’t use a lot of baking powder stick to buying it in small amounts. Make sure you keep your baking powder in a cool, dry place (not the refrigerator), with a tightly sealed lid.
Before using, test any baking powder you are unsure about.
Simply add 1/2 tsp of it to a 1/4 cup of hot water. If it begins to bubble you’re good to go.
If nothing happens it’s time to toss it and get a new batch.
Making Homemade Aluminum-Free Baking Powder
Just in case you want to try homemade aluminum-free baking powder – here are two options:
- 2 Tbsp. cream of tartar
- 1 Tbsp. baking soda
- 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 1 part baking soda
- 1 part cream of tartar
- 2 parts arrowroot starch (a corn-free option is important to have!)
- UPDATE: this is the one I tried and ended up using for years.
- Sift ingredients together. Then simply store in an airtight container.
- One teaspoon of this is equal to 1 teaspoon store bought baking powder.
- You can mix it in bulk in advance and then put it in your old baking powder container.
- It’s only frugal if you buy cream of tartar in bulk though! Those tiny grocery store containers will not save you money. Try a warehouse store or a store that sells many items in bulk, like an Amish grocery store. (from Cooks.com)
Now if I run out of my aluminum-free baking powder, I know where to go. I won’t let my cream of tartar go to waste, either. It’s an ingredient in our favorite homemade playdough!
Looking for more ways to remove aluminum from your life?
Looking for other ways to remove aluminum from your daily life and why you should consider it? Check out all my posts in my Analyzing Aluminum Series below.
- Monday Mission: Analyze Aluminum FOIL
- Analyzing Aluminum Cookware and Bakeware
- Food for Thought: Why Analyze Aluminum? (Research on Dangers)
- Analyzing Aluminum in Antiperspirants: Hazard or Hoax?
- My Deodorant Story
- Monday Mission: Switch your Baking Powder to Aluminum-Free
- Vaccine Notes
I hope that’s a simple Monday Mission for your last Analyzing Aluminum in August mission.
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