Self-Rising Flour Substitute

Dear Home Ec 101,

Crap girls. I can’t figure out which is better between self-rising and all-purpose.


~Flummuxed by Flour 

HeatherHeather says:

Self-rising flour is nothing more than flour with a little salt and baking soda already included.  For every cup of flour mix in:

1 1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

Self-rising flour loses its potency with time and exposure to humidity.  It must be kept in an airtight container.  Do not use self-rising flour to make bread.

Personally I never bother with purchasing self-rising flour, I am of the opinion the occasional thirty-seconds saved isn’t worth the loss of pantry space.  I need to have baking soda and salt on hand for other things, anyhow.


  1. Deb on December 12, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I'm a scratch biscuit maker, in my late 50's, and I'm rather embarrassed I didn't know this! Thanks, Heather!!!!! I bought self rising flour just because my Southern Mama did!

  2. Margo on December 8, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    That’s one of those things I never knew, but just figured I’d look stupid for not knowing – so I never asked. I sure wish my mama had told me. 😉

  3. Kathy T. on December 8, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    🙂 thanks!

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