Most store bought baking powders contain aluminum and corn. You can make your own grain free baking powder without aluminum using two key ingredients.
Baking powder. It is essential for any baker’s kitchen. But, did you know many brands of it are harmful for you? There are a variety of reasons why one would want to make the switch to grain free baking powder without aluminum.
Are you allergic to corn? Most baking sodas contain corn. In fact, almost every food and processed item on store shelves has some sort of corn additive.
Perhaps you are not allergic to corn. Removing corn is positive, as with any grain, because it is high in carbs.
Switching to a low carb and grain free diet can have many beneficial health aspects. In the 21st century a large portion of food products are made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
GMOs are a fairly new scientific construct and not much is known of their effects on the human body. If you are looking to avoid GMOs look to making or buying GMO free baking powder.
You may also want to make the switch to homemade baking powder because many store bought brands contain high levels of additives. A common one of these additives is aluminum.
Any metal in your food products can be unhealthy. But, it also reduces the quality of your food product. You will get a tinny taste that will make your food taste bleh.
What is a good brand that is aluminum, grain, and GMO free? Try Rumford. It is a few extra cents than its aluminum counterparts but will be better for you and your family.
Typical ingredients in store bought baking soda:
Homemade aluminum and grain free baking powder
If you would prefer to make it yourself below is an easy recipe to do so.
If you’d rather, you can make the mixture as you go and skip the need for a low carb flour or starch! In this case, substitute 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda for each teaspoon of baking powder in your recipe.
Keep in mind that cream of tartar is derived from grapes. So, if you have an adverse reaction to grapes, this alternative to baking powder could be an issue for you!
You may be able to use a vinegar such as apple cider vinegar (white vinegar is derived from corn), lemon juice or another suitable acid for the cream of tartar in recipes.
For this, you’ll use about 3 parts acid to substitute for 1 part cream of tartar which may require reducing the amount of other liquids in the recipe.
Note that this is single acting baking powder which reacts with the liquid ingredients to form bubbles. Double acting baking powder rises a little when ingredients are mixed, but most of the rise occurs when heat is applied.
When using this homemade version, you’ll want to add the wet ingredients at the end and be sure to quickly get the item in the oven before the bubbles have a chance to deflate.
You can learn more about the difference between single and double acting baking soda here.
It is as simple as that! Two easy steps to having a baking powder that is good for you and your family. Stop adding unnecessary carbs and metals to your baked goods. Make the switch to grain free baking powder without aluminum.
Grain Free Baking Powder without Aluminum
- 1 cup cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup baking soda
Whisk all of the ingredients together
Store in a tightly closed container
- Powder can be made in any 2:1 ratio of cream of tartar to baking soda.
- Used best when liquids are added just before baking as this is a single acting baking powder.