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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Cream of Tartar

May 14, 2013

Cream of tartar is a natural substance often used to stabilize egg whites and whipped cream. It is derived from tartaric acid, the white powdery substance that forms in the barrels during the wine fermentation process.

While it’s commonly known for it’s culinary uses, cream of tarter also has hidden talents when it comes to cleaning.


Make a paste of cream of tartar and water and use it to polish your stainless steel appliances and cookware.

Mix it with a little lemon juice to polish copper.

Raw carrot in a copper saucepan

Cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide can lift off that nasty bathtub ring.  Apply it to the ring, let it dry, and wipe the solution and the ring right off!

It’s also a great way to remove mildew from grout.

Did you know that you can mix it with baking soda to make baking powder in a pinch?

photo: glasshouse images

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When Life Gives You Lemons

August 24, 2012

When life gives you lemons, there are lots of unusual ways to utilize them!
Lemons, like many other items found in your pantry have a plethora of unexpected uses.

Clean cutting boards:

The acid in lemon makes it an effective cleaner. Squeeze lemon juice on a stained plastic or wood cutting board, and scrub it with the lemon half. Let it soak in for 20 minutes, and rinse it with water. The cutting board will be disinfected, and the stains will be lighter, without introducing harsh chemicals that can seep into your food.


Revitalize Dry Brittle Fingernails:

Soak (nail polish free) fingertips in pure lemon juice for a couple of minutes and rinse well, before applying hand lotion. The lemon will lighten discolored nails making your hands look clean and fresh!


Soften Brown Sugar:

Adding a long strip of lemon peel to the bag of brown sugar will keep it moist and prevent it from hardening into an unusable lump.


Bathroom Cleaner:

A mixture of lemon juice and cream of tartar creates a natural version of “Soft Scrub.” The lemon is a great bleaching agent, and cream of tartar acts as a stabilizer.

Do you have any favorite uses for lemons?

photo: Glasshouse Images


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