Baking Powder and Cornstarch… your holiday helpers
As you make your Thanksgiving grocery list this year, make sure you have two very important ingredients at the top: baking powder and cornstarch. These ingredients have their obvious uses in side dishes such as cornbread and biscuits. But there are also other, nontraditional uses for baking powder and cornstarch that will make your life in the kitchen a little easier and your Thanksgiving dishes a little more delicious. In fact, you may find these two ingredients working so hard on Turkey Day, that you might just give them a seat at the table! Here are a few ways to use these ingredients for your big feast:
The turkey: For a juicy turkey with crispy skin, stir a little baking powder into your turkey rub. Add one tablespoon of baking powder per four pounds of bird and let it sit out overnight. Note: do NOT use baking soda for this.
The stuffing: Whisk baking powder into your eggs before mixing into your stuffing for a little extra lift. Dense, chewy stuffing is now a thing of the past!
The cornbread: Everyone loves cornbread! Whether you’re serving it as a side or making cornbread stuffing, baking powder is the perfect leavening to make your cornbread extra nice and airy.
The gravy: Going into the science would get boring, but ultimately cornstarch is a better thickener than flour for your gravy because it better absorbs the fat from your turkey drippings. The result: a super savory gravy. No complaints there!
The mashed potatoes: As crazy as it sounds, adding a little bit of baking powder to your mashed potatoes makes them extra fluffy. Who doesn’t want that?
The cranberry sauce: Use cornstarch to thicken your cranberry sauce. Another tip? Add orange to give a little zing to your cranberry sauce, making it a new family favorite.
The pie crust: No worries! Adding a little bit of baking powder to your pie crust won’t make it rise, but it will help it not have any doughy places in the middle. A little goes a long way so just add ¼ teaspoon to your pie crust recipe. Perfect pie slices for everyone!
The pumpkin pie: Calling all vegans… this one is for you! Thicken your pumpkin pie filling with cornstarch. Your Thanksgiving dessert can be just as delicious and decadent as pies with egg and cream!
And last but not least…
The biscuits!: A favorite side dish to many, baking powder is a must in your biscuits. Whether you choose traditional buttermilk biscuits or go a little crazy with cheeses, spices or herbs, if they’ve got baking powder in them, they’re bound to be a crowd winner!
Thanksgiving is only the start of many holiday celebrations this season. Keep those cans of baking powder and cornstarch handy for all of your holiday baking!