Uses for Cream of Tartar

Cream of tartar is used not only in cooking, but is also useful in some cleaning jobs. This is a page about uses for cream of tartar.



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September 16, 2011

The best way I've found to prevent fudge from turning gritty (a direct result of the recrystallization of sugar) is to add 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar for every 2.5 pounds of sugar used. Cream of tartar actually inhibits the sugar recrystallization process.

Follow all other instructions for the recipe. Add a cap of vanilla extract if you notice an odd aftertaste (not everybody is able to taste the cream of tartar).

Source: The French have been using this solution for ages to prevent the sugar from recrystallizing in fondant recipes. I tried it on fudge and it worked wonderfully.

By The Mad Rob from Martinez, CA

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December 6, 2011

You can easily remove brown stains from ceramic by wetting and then sprinkling area with something from your spice rack: cream of tartar. Rub with cloth or rough sponge. For tough spots try again and add lemon juice if necessary. Makes surface shine.


Source: Was told this by my mom when I was little.

By Lynn from Bridgeville, PA

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I have a large bag of cream of tarter that I purchased from a bulk store. I am looking for suggestions for other uses.

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October 24, 20090 found this helpful

Hi From The Republic Of Ireland. If you see any recipe which requires baking powder such as Irish soda bread or Barm Brack ( great Irish delicacies ), use 2 parts cream of tartar to 1 part baking soda instead. A pinch in egg-whites make meringues better too.


A paste made with it and water cleans brass and copper and removes tarnish and washes away with clean water.
sprinkle it anywhere you have an ant problem and they just go away ! Boil a little in water in aluminium pots to bring back the shine also.

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October 24, 20090 found this helpful

These pages have some alternative uses for cream of tartar other than baking.

I have made cookies with cream of tartar and they had a great delicate airy type texture. This recipes sounds similar:

About adding to other recipes:
Luckily it has an indefinite shelf life if kept from heat/light.

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October 26, 20090 found this helpful

Make Homemade Playdough and put it in Halloween zip lock bags and hand out as treats to the kiddos. They will love it.


You can google homemade playdough recipes. It's really easy to make and doesn't dry quickly out like the real play dough does.

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October 27, 20090 found this helpful

You can make some great Snickerdoodles cookies to pass out at Christmas.

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