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How to Make Self-Rising Flour

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This super easy tutorial teaches how to make self-rising flour from all-purpose flour using simple pantry ingredients.

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Do you love biscuits and gravy? How about banana bread or a nice piece of cornbread? If you answered yes to any of those, then you need to learn how to make all purpose flour to self rising flour.

It is really easy to do, and once you have it made, you will be able to make all sorts of delicious recipes with ease.

What is the difference between all purpose flour and self rising flour?

All purpose flour is a type of flour that can be used for many different things, but it does not have any leavening agent in it.

This means that it will not rise on its own, and you will need to add a leavening agent, such as baking powder, if you want your baked goods to be nice and light.

Self rising flour is a type of flour that has been treated with baking powder and salt, giving it the ability to rise on its own when mixed with liquid.

This makes it perfect for recipes like biscuits, scones, and more.

a bag of White Lilly brand of self rising flour

Why I love Self Rising Flour

I love this flour because you can use it to make so many different things.

It is also very versatile, so if a recipe calls for all purpose flour, you can usually substitute this and it will work just fine.

blue bowl of grated butter and self rising flour with buttermilk, a bag of self rising flour, and a dough whisk shown.

Even if I ran out of stocks of this type of flour, I can easily make this at home with all purpose flour and some baking powder. So it’s really a win-win!

Ingredients Needed

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Equipment Needed

How to make Homemade Self Rising Flour from All Purpose Flour

Prepare. In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients.

Mix. Whisk until the baking powder is evenly distributed.

Enjoy. It is ready to use immediately, or you can store it in an airtight container for later use.

a green bowl with flour and a whisk with a jar and kitchen towel at the side.

How to Store

This rising flour recipe can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.

I like to keep mine in a glass jar to see how much I have left.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make self rising flour without baking powder?

No, you cannot make this without baking powder. Baking powder is what gives this flour the ability to rise.

Can you make self rising flour without salt?

Yes, you can make this without salt, but your baked goods may not taste as good. Salt helps to balance out the sweetness of baked goods and it also provides some structure.

How can I make self-rising flour without baking powder?

If you don’t have any baking powder on hand, you can make your own by mixing together 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

This will work in a pinch, but it’s not as effective as using actual baking powder.

Does self-rising flour expire?

Yes, this does have an expiration date. I like to write the date that I made it on the jar so I know when to use it. This is good for up to 6 months.

Check out these recipes that use self rising flour

close up of easy drop biscuit.


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