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How to Tell if Your Baking Powder is Still Good

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Less-than-fresh baking powder can be the difference between the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies and hockey pucks. Baking powder is a leavener—it produces carbon dioxide bubbles that help dough rise and make for tender baked goods. Here's how to make sure the stuff in your pantry is still fresh enough to do the job.


How to Test Baking Powder from EDF Editors on Vimeo.

If it falls flat, try making your own! For the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of baking powder, combine 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar with 1/4 teaspoon baking soda.


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    It would be really helpful if you also showed what bad baking powder looks like. Is there no reaction? Are there varying degrees?

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