cream of tartar

noun phrase

: a white crystalline salt C4H5KO6 used especially in baking powder and in certain treatments of metals

Examples of cream of tartar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because baking soda neutralizes acid, baking powder, which is also a base but includes acidic cream of tartar, is also used in the batter. Genevieve Ko, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Feb. 2024 Using it for vegan meringue, for example, requires a powerful mixer and a stabilizing agent like cream of tartar or xanthan gum. Charlotte Druckman, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 Make Vanilla Meringue Cookie Ears: Beat egg whites, cream of tartar, salt, and vanilla extract at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 7 Feb. 2024 Combine the egg whites, cream of tartar, salt, vanilla and almond extract into the bowl of an electric mixer; beat on medium speed with electric mixer until soft peaks form. Bill Daley, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 24 Nov. 2023 To help create this ideal texture, cream of tartar is paired with baking soda. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 24 Nov. 2023 In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, half the spice mixture [about 1 tablespoon + ½ teaspoon], baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. 4. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Step 2 Make the cookies: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 tablespoon of the pumpkin pie spice, the baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Farideh Sadeghin, Saveur, 26 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1662, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cream of tartar was in 1662

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“Cream of tartar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cream%20of%20tartar. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

cream of tartar

: a white salt used especially in baking powder and in some ways to prepare metals

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