How To Tell If Baking Powder Is Still Good

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

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 seems such a waste to just throw it away. I wonder if it’s still good… So I decided to run a quick test.

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 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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