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Finding the White Stuff: basic kitchen needs

I already know your pain before you say a word. It’s a hair-pulling experience to know you need something simple like baking power or icing sugar but just can’t find it because you don’t know what to look for. As I’ve mentioned before, everything in and about Mexico is different, including these basic but necessary everyday kitchen foods.

It took me forever (that could be a slight exaggeration, but you get the picture) to figure these things out. It felt like such a slow process, but I did manage to get things sorted. So to help you along, here are the products and words you need to learn and find to properly stock your kitchen:

Baking Power: Polvo para hornear (literal translation: dust for bake)

Baking Soda: Biocarbonato de Sodio Puro

Cornstarch / Rice Starch: Maicena / Harina del Arroz (literal translation: flour de rice)

Icing Sugar: Azucar Glass (literal translation: sugar glass)

As you can see below, I’ve marked the products with their English names. With the exception of the Arm & Hammer soda, the others truly are a guess and are not obvious.


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These products are also the better brands. I’ve bought things like bulk baking soda before (from Dac) and found it absolutely useless for baking but great for cleaning. I’ve also checked out generic versions of baking power and found the Royal brand to be the best, but don’t be afraid to get out there and try what you want!

I hope this little tidbit of information helps make your Living in Mexico better. Enjoy your day!

Love, Roaming Canadian