My sister informed me this week that I “fit into my own mold”.

I think she might have been trying to tell me that I’m “weird”.

I chose to take it as a compliment.  🙂

Maybe I am strange, but nothing thrills me quite as much as discovering how to do something that:

  • improves our family’s health
  • saves us money
  • is something I can make from scratch
  • is truly simple

And when I figure out something that does all four???  Well, THAT is something I REALLY get excited about!

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I’m taking the long way of telling you that I love, love, love to make my own baking powder. 

Yep, it really makes me happy.  Really.

Why?  Well, homemade baking powder is:

  • healthier than store-bought baking powder (which usually contains aluminum) 
  • a little cheaper than store-bought varieties
  • is definitely something I can make from scratch
  • is SO simple to make!

I’ve been mixing up my own baking powder for a few years now and I never plan to buy that old Clabber Girl stuff again!  (Although I think the container is chic.)

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If you ever feel the urge to get creative (or if you run out of baking powder while you’re baking, which is what I did!), you might give this little recipe a try.  It’s SO easy! 

Oh, and you might just end up being “weird” like me, so watch out.  🙂

Recipe: Homemade Baking Powder


  • 1/4 C baking soda
  • 1/4 C arrowroot powder (or corn starch)
  • 1/2 C cream of tartar


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bag or bowl until completely combined.
  2. Store in an air tight container.
  3. Powder will keep well for several months.
  4. (I buy my arrowroot powder and cream of tartar in bulk from Azure Standard.)

What do you make from scratch that most people buy?

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9 thoughts on “Homemade Baking Powder {and why it makes me happy!}

  1. Kristy,

    how do you store your arrowroot powder?  I purchased a bunch through amazon, a box of 6 individual packages and I’m not sure what to do with it and how long it will keep.  Thanks for your great ideas!

    Posted on June 9, 2011 at 4:43 pm
    1. Right now, I am keeping my arrowroot powder in a canister on my counter top, right beside the sucanat (ya know, my “sugar” and “flour”).  😉  I use arrowroot A LOT, since it mixes well with our other gluten free flours, so I have to keep it handy.

      You might consider freezing it, if you plan on storing it a long time.  Mine has kept well in our pantry, but it will probably keep “fresh” longer if you freeze it.   

      As far as ideas for using it: any recipe that calls for a thickener (corn starch, flour, etc) is a great opportunity for using arrowroot powder!  It works great in soups, sauces, casseroles, and, as I’m discovering, baked goods as well.

      Posted on June 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm
  2. I make a lot of things from scratch. My recent achievement has been homemade bagels. I also found a recipe for homemade soft scrub with dishsoap and baking soda. It isn’t quite as powerful as the real thing, but I feel better using it in our home. I read once that homemade baking powder must be added right before baking, otherwise it loses its ability to “activate” properly.  Do you find this to be true, or can you use it in say cookie dough you’ve made ahead of time, or pancake batter in the fridge. I’ve wanted to make my own, but that bit of information has stopped me.

    Posted on June 9, 2011 at 3:40 am
    1. I mix my baking powder ahead of time and store it, as well as add it to make-ahead mixes.  I honestly haven’t noticed any difference in my baking from when I used store-bought baking powder.

      I’ll try it in a make-ahead batter this week and let you know how it turns out. 🙂

      Homemade bagels- wow!  Way to go!   

      Posted on June 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm
      1. Thanks Kristy! I’m going to make it from scratch now when my store bought can runs out. 

        Posted on June 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm
  3. I’ve started making my own laundry detergent (and a special no-soap cloth diaper detergent too). Thinking about making my own deodorant after finding a recipe on a website! I’m really enjoying finding ways to save money and live healthier!

    Posted on June 9, 2011 at 3:01 am
    1. Homemade deoderant is one thing I’ve never tried, although I’ve read lots of good things about it from blogging friends!

      Posted on June 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm
  4. When I think about it I make a lot of stuff from scratch that most people buy – yogurt,  salad dressing.  So many people buy processed food today that cooking a meal from start to finish, with each ingredient made by you, might get you the wierd label! 🙂

    Posted on June 9, 2011 at 1:24 am
    1. So true!!  I was recently visiting with a dear lady in her 60’s and she made the comment, “I’m just not a cook”.  I thought, how sad for her and her family!  I realize that cooking and baking may not be everyone’s “thing”, but it is such a wonderful way to bless our families by saving money and providing healthy foods to enjoy. 

      Years ago, ALL women were cooks and homemakers.  Today, the “norm” has become the exception!

      Posted on June 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm