How To Bake Without Baking Powder

Baking powder has a limited shelf life, but with How To Bake Without Baking Powder, you will be able to create your own leavening power through basic kitchen chemistry. Discusses the science of leavening and baking powder, plus a variety of common kitchen substitutes for the two primary ingredients of baking powder: cream of tartar and baking soda. Includes how to make sour milk, buttermilk, and sourdough starter, plus the author's hardwood ash baking experiments. The recipes and science behind them will be of interest to homesteaders, preppers, permaculturists, do-it-yourselfers, homeschoolers, living historians, and historical reenactors. Available in paperback and eBook.


What is Baking Powder?
Baking Soda (The Alkali)
Cream of Tartar (The Acid)
Common Kitchen Substitutes for Cream of Tartar
How To Make Sour Milk
Buttermilk: Cultured Versus Traditional
How To Make Cultured Buttermilk
Cocoa Powder: Natural Versus Dutch
Not So Common Kitchen Substitutes for Cream of Tartar
How To Make Sourdough Starter
Are There Substitutes for Baking Soda?
Baker's Ammonia (Hartshorn)
Before There Was Baking Soda: Potash, Pearlash, & Saleratus
Hardwood Ashes
Experiments in Baking with Wood Ash
Ash Water Vs. Lye Water Vs. Lye Water: Are They All the Same?
Other Historical Leaveners
What About Eggs?
The Little Things Matter

Charts (print version):

Homemade Baking Powder (how to)
To Test the Potency of Baking Powder
To Substitute Cream of Tartar & Baking Soda for Baking Powder
Common Kitchen Substitutes for Cream of Tartar
To Substitute Natural or Dutch Cocoa Powder
To Substitute Sourdough Starter for Baking Powder
To Substitute Eggshell for Baking Soda
To Substitute Baker's Ammonia for Baking Powder or Baking Soda
To Substitute Potash or Pearlash for Baking Soda
Chart of Baking Powder Substitutes
The pH of Various Foods, Bases
The pH of Various Foods, Acids


54 modern and historical recipes
Extensive index (print version only)

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Paperback USD $6.99
eBook USD $3.99

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