The Many Uses Of Cream Of Tartar Besides Cooking

April 20, 2018

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There are some mysteries in our spice rack. Such as the difference between baking powder and baking soda (FYI: Baking powder causes carbon dioxide to escape at a slower rate than baking soda) and perhaps the biggest mystery of them all, cream of tartar. Besides an occasional holiday recipe, it sits in your spice rack twiddling its thumbs.  Cream of tartar is actually an acidic byproduct of the wine-making process and its main role in cooking is to create chemical reactions: stabilizing egg whites, activating baking soda, and preventing sugar crystals among them. IT also make cream of tartar a good cleaning agent around the house.  IT is great in cleaning stainless steel surfaces.  Dip a cloth in water, sprinkle a little cream of tartar onto the cloth, and use it to spot-clean stainless steel surfaces like small appliances or pots. Make a paste of cream and tartar and either water or hydrogen peroxide to clean stained aluminum pans. Just dip a microfiber cloth or sponge into it to rub off stains. Combine cream of tartar with lemon juice or white vinegar to make an acidic, abrasive paste that can shine up copper pots and kettles. If you have scratch marks on your well-used plates, you can buff them out with cream of tartar. Sprinkle a generous amount over the surface of your dish. Then add a few drops of water and rub gently with a wet dishcloth. Let it sit for a minute or two, scrub, and wash the plate with soap and water. To remove rust from kitchen tools like can openers or cheese graters, make a paste of cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide and let it sit on the stain for a few hours, then scrub off the rust.

SOURCE: The Kitchn

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