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What Are The Alternatives To Cream Of Tartar

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Cream of tartar, an acidic white powder can be used in our kitchens to stabilize and give more quantity to beaten egg whites. If you don’t have reserved cream of tartar you can use few best alternatives to cream of tartar.

Usually cream of tartar can be derived from the residue left after making wine. If cream of tartar is mixed with baking soda it can become baking powder.

Here are few most preferred alternatives to cream of tartar;

Baking powder:  Baking powder can be considered among the best alternatives to cream of tartar. If a recipe needs both cream of tartar and baking soda you can substitute it with baking powder as it combines both the ingredients. Using baking powder as one of the cream of tartar alternatives will not alter the quality of results.Tartar Cheese

Vinegar:  Another one among the best alternatives to cream of tartar is vinegar. Vinegar is an acid and it is also a best substitute.  You can use   1/4 tsp. of vinegar for every 1/8 tsp. cream of tartar. This ratio will help to create baked goods with the same quality and volume.


While using vinegar as one of the cream of tartar alternatives, you should take care of the taste as it shouldn’t get altered.  But the draw back in using vinegar as an alternative to cream of tartar is, it can be used only for savory recipes, not in preparing sweets.

Lemon Juice:  Lemon juice can also be used as a good alternative to cream of tartar. Lemon juice can be used in baking process as vinegar. Lemon juice is a best option when you do not want the sour taste of vinegar to alter the food.  Even though lemons are sour, the juice can provide ample sweetness, contrasting the vinegar option.

Using both lemon juice and vinegar as cream of tartar alternatives requires more practice because altering the liquid in baking can alter the quality of the end product.

Eventhough there are many alternatives to cream of tartar nothing produces the same result as the actual ingredient can produce. Cream of tartar is easily available in the market and we can order cream of tartar on the internet also. Before using cream of tartar alternatives, you should be aware the alternatives to cream of tartar may give the preferred smoothness and quality but they may not able to give same taste to the final product. If the taste matters to you it is best not to use any alternatives to cream of tartar.

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