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Cocoa Powder Guide: How to Buy It, Store It, and What Even Is Dutch-Process, Anyway?

Cocoa Powder Guide: How to Buy It, Store It, and What Even Is Dutch-Process, Anyway?

Cocoa powder is made from dried and ground cocoa solids—what’s left over after most of the fat (a.k.a. How to store cocoa powderLike your spice collection, cocoa powder should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, such as your pantry or cupboard. “Natural” signifies that it is unprocessed beyond the initial separating from the cocoa butter and grinding into a powder; it is also sometimes labeled on packaging as “unsweetened cocoa powder” or “pure cocoa powder.” It is fruity, complex, and bitter in flavor, and light brown in color. Cocoa beans are naturally quite acidic, and regular cocoa powder is as well, with a pH level between 5.3 and 5.8. Ghirardelli Unsweetened Premium Baking Cocoa Powder, 8 oz $4 at AmazonDutch-processDutch-process cocoa powder is made by soaking cocoa beans in an alkali solution—a process developed by a Dutch chemist in the 1800s—which neutralizes the acidity and cuts a bit of the bitterness.