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cream of tartar

Type

Chemical additives

Also known as

tartar, tartaric acid, cremor tartari

Description

Generic for the common name of potassium hydrogen tartrate, an acid salt, historically used in hot drinks as a "binder" for the other ingredients - and especially to stabilize and emulsify beaten egg whites.

Availability

Generally available. Distributed world-wide. Available for on-line ordering in some markets.

Substitute

white vinegar in similar proportion

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