How To Tell If Baking Powder Is Still Good

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Did you know there’s an easy way to test to make sure your baking powder is still good?

Yep, and using just water. So when you find that container of baking powder in the back of the pantry, don’t chance it ruining your recipe. Do this simple test first.

Do you wonder if that container of baking powder is still good? Here's a quick & easy test to show you whether it's safe to use or you should throw it out. #TexasHomesteader

I was baking some Beer Bread recently. As I pulled out the ingredients for my bread I noticed I was dangerously low on baking powder.

But wait, didn’t I see a large container stashed  way in the back of the pantry just the other day?

I dug around until I found it. Wow, it’s apparently been in the pantry for quite some time. But it’s a large container. It seems such a waste to just throw it away.

I wonder if it’s still good… So I decided to run a quick test.

Testing Baking Powder

I heated about 1/2 cup of water in the microwave until it was very hot.

Then I measured 1/4 teaspoon from the older container of baking powder and dropped it into the hot water.

Do you wonder if that container of baking powder is still good? Here's a quick & easy test to show you whether it's safe to use or you should throw it out. This baking powder is no longer good. #TexasHomesteader

Hummm… Not much reaction at all. I wonder how that compares to the reaction I’d get with my current albeit low reserves of fresh baking powder.

So I repeated the experiment, this time with 1/4 teaspoon of fresh baking powder.

Do you wonder if that container of baking powder is still good? Here's a quick & easy test to show you whether it's safe to use or you should throw it out. This baking powder is still good. #TexasHomesteader

Wowser! The reaction was much more dramatic, immediately bubbling like crazy!

So although I hate to waste this huge mammoth container of baking powder I’d found in the pantry – out the door it goes!

Yes I hate food waste, but I’ve just saved myself the time, expense & heartache of a flopped recipe in the future.

If you have baking powder in your spice cabinet and wonder if it’s still got any ooomph, this is a quick & easy way to find out.

I’ve also heard you can do this same experiment with baking soda if you add a splash of vinegar to the hot water.

But heck, baking soda is used so often around our homestead whether Cleaning our Coffee Mugs or just general Non-Toxic Scrubbing Power when cleaning our home, it never has a chance to get old here. LOL.

~TxH~

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2 thoughts on “How To Tell If Baking Powder Is Still Good

  1. Patty

    Thanks for this timely reminder! I am planning to do some baking this weekend – my can is dated use by 7/5/2016 (yes, I don’t bake much, lol). I tested it, and it is still good, so that’s one thing off the list.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Yea Patty – one unnecessary purchase eliminated and a couple of bucks saved. I daresay my baking powder was even older than yours(eh hemmmmm…) LOL I’d forgotten it was in the pantry and DANG it was such a large container to waste. Pfffft! ~TxH~

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