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Did you know that you can make your own baking powder?! This is one of those baking ingredients that you just assume must be impossible to make yourself but it really is quite simple to make your own!
Of course, you are probably wondering why in the world you would want to make your own…
Reasons to Make Your Own Baking Powder
You Ran Out
We’ve all been there! You were making muffins and mid-mixing you realized you are out of baking powder!
Store bought includes cornstarch which will be an issue for those with corn allergies.
Assuming you use arrowroot or gmo free cornstarch, your homemade baking powder will be free of GMO’s!
Tin Free Taste
I’m not sure if that tin taste is from the aluminum or the metal container that store bought baking powder comes in but it doesn’t exist in homemade!
Yes, unlike my baking soda post, I can say that there IS aluminum in baking POWDER. Hiding under the ingredient name: sodium aluminum sulfate; aluminum is in many baking powders. Here we are trying to avoid aluminum cookware and yet we toss in aluminum with every muffin we bake.
In case you’ve never heard that aluminum is bad…. aluminum is a toxin. It is generally considered not as toxic as some other substances like mercury however, Aluminum is more persistent, that is it accumulates over time.
Not to mention, who cares how toxic it is? I mean if it’s toxic then that’s enough of a reason to avoid it, who cares where it is on the toxic scale? Aluminum is a toxin concern for bones because it competes with calcium for absorption and thus can lead to growth problems, which is of particular concern for infants and children.
Aluminum can also cause neurotoxicity and can alter the function of the blood-brain barrier. The blood-brain barrier is what keeps bacteria and toxins from getting to the brain.
Lots of great reasons to make your own baking powder! So scroll down to get the recipe!
If you do not want to make your own baking powder but would still like to avoid the aluminum, you can buy aluminum free baking powder. Rumford and Bob’s Red Mill both make aluminum free baking powders.
Both of these baking powders do contain cornstarch but Rumford is GMO free.
Homemade Baking Powder
Makes 1 tbs. baking powder. Use the same ratios to make larger batches
Mix together and use.
You do not need to use the arrowroot/cornstarch if the baking powder will be used immediately.
Arrowroot/cornstarch is only needed if it will be stored.
Note: Homemade baking powder is single-acting. This means you get a lift when you mix it into your batter but that’s the only time.
Most baking powders are now double-acting meaning you get that first lift and then another once it bakes. This doesn’t mean the homemade baking powder doesn’t produce good results it just means that you can’t let your batter sit around before baking. Single-acting means bake immediately.