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April 29, 2011

Why is Cream of Tartar so expensive? In my local grocery store a regular sized jar, the kind you see in the spice section holding oregano, cumin, bay leaves, etc. cost eight and a half dollars. I was looking at not to cook with but to unclog a drain–but the recipe I found online for doing that called for half a cup of cream of tartar.

Interestingly, Cream of Tartar is an acidic powder that is a byproduct of wine’s fermentation in barrels.

I think I’ll just call the super to snake the thing out instead.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2011 7:58 pm

    Half vinegar/half baking soda mixture is your friend …. and a cheaper friend at that 🙂

    • April 29, 2011 8:25 pm

      Tried that and it worked for a while, but it didn’t power through whatever is down there. Maybe I’ll give another shot.

  2. Fat Al permalink*
    April 29, 2011 8:27 pm

    This is a very strange post. Why was cream of tartar what you thought of in the first place? Even weirder, I had deja vu when I read it, like you had posted about cream of tartar before, which you haven’t.

    As for the expense, well it appears that people have been discussing that for centuries:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=ddPNAAAAMAAJ&lpg=PA202&ots=RlSk21Pucr&dq=cream%20of%20tartar%20expensive&pg=PA202#v=onepage&q=cream%20of%20tartar%20expensive&f=false

  3. April 30, 2011 12:24 pm

    I found a home movie of Fat Al and anonymous271 from years gone by (which explains Fat Al’s deja vu). You guys haven’t changed at all!

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