Cream of Tartar

Cream of Tartar: Uses in and Beyond the Kitchen

How many of you have this wonder ingredient in their pantries? I will take a wild guess and say nearly everyone. But, you probably haven’t discovered ALL its amazing uses yet. Well, don’t fret, I have chosen the three best “in the kitchen” uses and the 3 best ones “around the home”.

But first of all, let us say a thing or two about cream of tartar itself. This powdery product that is also known by the name potassium hydrogen tartrate is the acid salt of tartaric acid (a carboxylic acid). It is formed during the fermentation of grape juice in the wine making process. It appears in a crystal form (known as beeswing) which is purified to produce the powdery white, odorless, acidic substance known as cream of tartar.

Cream of Tartar Uses in the Kitchen

This incredible product has been a valuable asset to cooks over the years. It can be used for many different recipes to perform different functions:

Stabilizer

Cream of tartar can be used as both stabilizer of egg whites and stabilizer of whipped cream. In both cases, it will prevent flattening. So, preparing recipes whose successfulness depends on how fluffy, leavened, and well-defined peaks they have after baking, will need the aid of this stabilizing agent. As little as 1/8 (per egg) of potassium bitartrate will do wonders in these cases! In the case with whipped cream, adding cream of tartar will ensure a foamier, creamier and whiter mixture.

Inhibitor

Although this might sound as too strong of a word, one of the main uses of cream of tartar is preventing the formation of sugar crystals. This means that whenever you are preparing icings, frostings, or syrups, a pinch of cream of tartar will prevent the sugar crystals from re-bonding

Cream of Tartar Uses Beyond the Kitchen

Cream of Tartar

While you can use a solution of lemon and cream of tartar to clean burner dishes, as well as copper dishes, polish porcelain and shine steel appliances, there are several uses that go beyond the kitchen.

Say your favorite pants got stained. Get a teaspoon of potassium bitartrate and add a squeeze of lemon over it. This is a great cleaning solution for stained clothes.

When combined with white vinegar, on the other hand, cream of tartar can find a place in cleaning the bathroom. Mildew and mold have nothing on this mixture!

Cream of Tartar Substitutes

In case you don’t have a can of this magical substance in your pantry you can use lemon juice, vinegar, or baking powder. Although that would be a shame, since if securely closed in an air-tight container and kept in a cold, dark place (such as your kitchen cabinet), cream of tartar can last forever.

You can read all about cream of tartar, including the different uses and many recipes that call for it in this article, I found it eye-opening and pretty interesting, so I hope you will too!