Cream of Tartar

Cream of Tartar
Cream of Tartar
100132 001
Net Weight:
3.9 oz
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Cream of Tartar is an odorless acidic powder that is white or off-white; some say it has a metallic taste while others say it is essentially tasteless. It has an endless stream of kitchen uses but is most famous for adding the lift to meringues and angel food cakes, and smooth creaminess to icings.

Chemical reactions are the basis for Cream of Tartar’s effectiveness, so pull out your high school chemistry texts and take notes. Cream of Tartar is a byproduct of wine production; hard crystal salts adhere to the sides and bottom of wine casks during fermentation. When these salts are strained out, powdered, and refined of impurities, potassium hydrogen tartrate remains. When it is used in an eggy recipe like angel food or meringue to create lift, Cream of Tartar changes the pH balance in the albumen—the egg whites—so the protein strands align but do not coagulate, which results in tall angel food and extra-fluffy meringue. In icings, Cream of Tartar once again causes molecules to fall into line. It prevents sugar from clumping together in irregular clusters by breaking sucrose, which would bond to itself, into glucose and fructose. Once separated, these components are less likely to draw together into a tight chemical bond, resulting in icing that is smooth and creamy. Hard candies, like peppermints or candy canes, also benefit from Cream of Tartar. By inhibiting the formation of clumpy crystallized sugar, candies end up glossy with a flawlessly hard texture, rather than turning out crumbly and uneven.


Tips From Our Kitchen


Add a pinch of Cream of Tartar to cooking or steaming water to prevent vegetables from losing their color during cooking. Add to whipping cream for high whipped peaks that will last, rather than deflate in your refrigerator before you’re ready to serve dessert. Cream of Tartar is a non-yeast leavening agent so when you're baking, add to cookies that you want to have rise, like snickerdoodles. When you need a break from all this cooking, get some flour, salt, and Cream of Tartar and make homemade play-dough. Then mix Cream of Tartar with some water until it’s a paste and clean up after yourself.

This product is certified kosher.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate2.8g1%

Dietary Fiber0.0g0%

Total Sugars0.1g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

5 out of 5
5 total ratings.

William H. (Verified buyer) 03/26/2022
The Rise of the Cheese Soufflé The addition of a relatively small amount (1/8 tsp/ large egg white) of Cream of Tartar ( potassium bitartrate) is very important in my cooking. In a Cheese Soufflé, for example, this byproduct of whine making, stabilizes the air bubbles in the egg whites as I whip them. The strengthened bubbles full of air stay inflated as the soufflé gets cool😎 This also works in making fresh whipped cream, and meringue. The Spices Inc. Cream of Tartar is a great product! It works very well, every time. I order the Cream of Tartar in glass Spice Jar. I must also add, Spices Inc. provides excellent personal service to all my orders! The spices are packed carefully in inner zip-locked bags and sealed in a outer plastic shipping bag. My order is exact! And always with the addition of a surprise seasoning! If my order is sent to Spices Inc. in the morning ( local time) it is packed and shipped the same day! To summarize: For my cooking, and baking, Spices Inc provides me with the freshest, best tasting spices and seasonings available anywhere! My orders are accurate, timely shipped, and the folks at Spices Inc are friendly. Professional and willing to answer questions about products and their use! What more could you want? No, they won’t come cook for you!

Alison S. (Verified buyer) 09/21/2021
Works well So I had a house fire and had to replace everything I had. This includes all my spices. I chose to replace everything with SpiceInc. products. I do not regret my decision. I have not gotten to try out all of them yet but I have used quite a few and they are great! You can smell the freshness when you open them. None of that bland what could it be spices from the grocery store. Definitely give them a try you won’t regret it.

Daniel N. (Verified buyer) 02/18/2019
Very creamy Even more creamy than expected. Great in tartar sauce or steak tartar.

Colleen M. (Verified buyer) 10/17/2018
Great customer service This is an admirable company to do business with.

Carol D. (Verified buyer) 03/09/2018
Quality This is a great quality product.