What is cream of Tartar used for?

Australia
December 2, 2007 1:13am CST
Apart from Play Dough what else can you make with it. I have never seen a recepi with that. It is a powder and its says baking but what function does it have. I have a friend in Croatia that has a small boy who uses a lot of play dough and I gave her the recepi to make the home made one only problem is we dont know what that is in croatian. If someone can help us that would be great. Any explanation would be helpful.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
2 Dec 07
Cream of tarter is used when making a meraige for pies...When you make a pie that calls for a egg white meraige you use cream of tarter in the egg whites to make the egg white stand up and hold their shape, it is the m put into the oven and browned and it stands up stiff, actually it stiffens egg white so they will look pretty and not fall.My mother use to make them pies all the time and she told me it makes the egg whites stiff..
• Australia
2 Dec 07
Thanks I am still no closer to the answer but I learned I a lot. I alwats wanted to know how the kept the for (the egg whites) now I know.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
2 Dec 07
I am sorry, I wish i knew what it is you are looking for..As far as i know this is all cream of tarter is good for...I am sorry i could not be of more help
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
3 Dec 07
I do egg whites often, but never heard of using cream of tartar with them. Do you have a measure amount you use? I'd like to try it next time. I use the powder meringue stuff and that works well (instead of actual egg whites) but have never seen a recipe that called for the cream of tartar.
@megumiart (3781)
• United States
2 Dec 07
The only recipes I've ever seen cream of tartar in are angel food cake and meringes. I think it helps whipped up egg white retain their lightness and shape.
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• Australia
2 Dec 07
very interesting apart from geting closer to the answer (I am sure there is someone out there who knows all about it) you hellped me with my meringes I will try that.
@aaidjs (1149)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
2 Dec 07
Tartar Cream from Croatia - Tartar Cream from Croatia,very good cream for fifh and all kind of meat!
Recipe for Tartar Cream from Croatia:/6 doses/1/2 lit. of sour cream,1/2 kg. of sweet onion/purple/,6-7 peaces of caper,2 tea spoon of mustard,25dg mayonnaise,1 spoon of lemon juice,salt,1 spoon of olive oil! Prepare:cut onion in small peaces,mix all together and enjoy!Uslast!! See you Silvana
@aaidjs (1149)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
2 Dec 07
Hi again you think on TARTARIC ACID ,here we have that with name Limunska kiselina i sto god da radis oko plastelina njega dodas da se smijesa zadrzi a nema stetno dijelovanje na dijecu!!To znaju sve tete u vrticima!!Takodjer i nase bake su tako radile plastelin,brasno,voda,limunska kiselina i prirodne boje!!Hajde sad ti nama daj svoj recept!!U zurbi sam pa pisem hrvatski!!Brze mi je!!
@aaidjs (1149)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
2 Dec 07
Hi again !!Here is recipe for Croatian plastelin made at home!Kako da sami napravite plastelin Potrebno je: 4 šolje brašna, 1 šolja limunske kiseline, 1,5 šolja vode i prehrambena boja po želji. Priprema: Svi sastojci se zamešaju u cvrsto testo. U dobro zatvorenoj posudi ono se može cuvati i do nedelju dana. Prednost ovog plastelina je u tome što se može napraviti velika kolicina materijala u razlicitim bojama, pa se deca mogu igrati do mile volje. Napravljene predmete možete osušiti ili ispeci u rerni, oslikati akrilnim bojama, lakirati i slicno. Ovakve aktivnosti, pored toga što su stvaralacke, opuštaju decu i razvijaju finu motoriku. (Iz knjige Verice Sekulic «Budite dobar roditelj svom detetu i sebi» u izdanju «Kreativnog centra»)
• Australia
2 Dec 07
Thanks I think they have powder as well but I have tried the one that I have and its not sour I have a different one that you have to cook.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
3 Dec 07
Not sure but it is a common ingredient. I know I use it i my carmel corn recipe but dont' know what it does! I just use it as told to and enjoy the results!
• Australia
3 Dec 07
I have never used it for cooking anything and I could not find it in any of my cooking books. Intresting
@brimia (6584)
• United States
2 Dec 07
My mom used to have a container of it when I was a kid but I've never bought any myself. I know she used to make lemon meringue pie so she probably used it for that. Also, baking powder is made from a mixture of baking soda and cream of tartar so I think she used it for that in baked goods. I've read that lemon juice or vinegar can be used as a substitute.
• Australia
3 Dec 07
Yes I just read that it is also found in the baking powder. I could see to a point why they would use lemon juice or vinigar it makes sence with fermentation and all.