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cream of tartar

cream of tartar, white crystalline powder. Chemically it is potassium hydrogen tartrate, KC4H5O6, the acidic potassium salt of tartaric acid. It is used as the leavening agent in baking powders. An impure form, called tartar or argol, forms naturally during the fermentation of grape juice into wine and crystallizes in the wine casks.

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cream of tartar

cream of tartar Potassium hydrogen tartrate, used with sodium bicarbonate as baking powder because it acts more slowly than tartaric acid and gives a more prolonged evolution of carbon dioxide. This is tartrate baking powder. Also used to ‘invert’ sugar in making boiled sweets.

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cream of tartar

cream of tar·tar • n. a white, crystalline, acidic compound, HOOC(CHOH)2COOK, obtained as a by-product of wine fermentation and used chiefly in baking powder.

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