I've been on a homemade tortilla kick for the last few weeks. And as a result, I've been burning through my store bought baking powder like crazy!
So when I was testing a new recipe recently, with all the other ingredients in the bowl, I realized I only had a 1/4 tsp of store bought baking powder.
Fortunately I had an easy recipe for homemade baking powder on hand and ready to go. Plus, I had all the ingredients in my pantry!
Store Bought Baking Powder Substitute
If you are out of baking powder, or are just trying to create an organic baking powder option, then this is the recipe for you!
In this baking powder recipe I use three simple ingredients: Baking soda, cream of tartar, and arrowroot powder.
Super easy! Plus, it allows me to control the quality of each item. With the exception of the baking soda I was able to use all organic ingredients!
And, since I have a corn allergy, this DIY baking powder recipe allows me to avoid the cornstarch that is usually in store bought baking powder.
An Update on Organic Cream of Tartar
Until a few months ago there were two companies that offered organic cream of tarter. The one I used was McCormick - but they stopped making the organic version available.
Spicely also had an organic cream of tartar that was available until a few months ago... which makes me wonder if something happened to the supply of organic cream of tartar!
My local health food store still had some in stock and I bought it all, so I have some for a while. So, if you are looking for organic cream of tarter, you might check your own local health food store to see if they have a back stock of the older stuff.
Homemade Baking Powder FAQs
How do you store DIY baking powder?
You can keep it in an air tight container in the pantry, just like store bought baking powder.
I have kept it in a glass jar or simply used the homemade baking powder to refill the old container from the store bought version.
How long does this baking powder substitute last?
Generally, I have found that this baking powder will last until it's gone. But that's probably because I go through it pretty quickly!
If you don't bake often, you will want to test it for freshness before using it. If you use "flat" baking powder your recipe will not turn out well.
How can you tell if baking powder is expired?
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking powder with 1/3 cup of water. If it fizzes then it is ready to use for baking!
Do I have to use arrowroot powder?
Nope! You can use cornstarch instead in a 1:1 ratio in place of arrowroot. We use arrowroot due to a corn allergy.
- 4 Tbsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 cup Pure Cream of Tartar
- 4 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder (or GMO-free cornstarch)
- All all ingredients to a medium bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Store in an air tight container in the pantry.