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Old 03-19-2007, 01:17 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Cream of Tartar

Have you ever wondered; I know I have; where cream of tartar comes from. After all where would our meringues be without it.

Well here goes: Wine is aged in a cask and when the wine has matured and is poured out; what is left round the sides of the cask is Cream of Tartar. They just scrape if off, clean it up and Walla! there you have it.

I thought this was interesting and hope you do too!


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Old 03-27-2007, 01:41 AM   #2
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I thought it was the crystalized precipitate in the casks in particular. Do they scrape out the other stuff as well?

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Old 03-27-2007, 03:42 AM   #3
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ewww....I had no idea. Very interesting.
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:17 AM   #4
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Cream of tartar ( potassium bitartrate) is the crystallization in wine casks but it goes through a process of purification before it is the white acidic powder we see in the stores.
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:47 AM   #5
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wow thats awesome. i didnt know that.

i only used C of T a few times in my merquies. I seem to be ok with out it.
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Old 10-06-2008, 12:16 PM   #6
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Other uses for Cream of Tarter of the non-food solution:

The third way to clean a burned pan is to add 2 to 3 Tbsp cream of tartar to enough water to cover the burned surface. Bring to a boil and simmer until the burned food begins to flake off from the pan.

Brighten Copper

Freshen up the copper with a paste made from cream of tartar and enough lemon juice to moisten. Rub the mixture on the copper, and let stand for five minutes. Wash in warm water and dry.
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Old 10-06-2008, 01:15 PM   #7
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So, in order to get the price to drop in the stores for Cream of Tartar we must make and drink more wine??
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Old 10-06-2008, 01:48 PM   #8
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:23 PM   #9
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I just used it today (a pinch) in the pumpernickel color I make for bread.
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:26 PM   #10
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The tartar Im used to is found on teeth

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