Reub's journey

31 January 2010

Clabber girl

In the category of "Things I Should Have Known" lies my topic today. The 1st thing I should have known (and one day long ago I was probably told about this) is that baking powder is not a unique ingredient and you can make your own concoction:
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
Combine ingredients and store tightly covered. For double-acting baking powder, use 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar for each teaspoon needed.

Fine. But the other day I was at the grocery store with John when I picked up a can of Clabber Girl Baking Powder, and he asked "What's a clabber girl?" This is why it's fun to have John along when I go to the grocery store. Makes me think, which I ordinarily don't do when I'm there. In fact I did not know what a clabber girl is, or even what "clabber" means. To make matters more confusing, half the time I write "clabber" here, I get little red dots under it (which makes me feel less ignorant) and the other half I don't (odd). Ben had a buddy visiting, a friend feeling tentative about his upcoming move to the heartland state of Indiana, from trendy Portland, OR. The buddy informed me that "clabber" meant a "mixing utensil" or maybe just "to mix." This made sense, but when I looked it up, the dictionary said it simply meant "curdled milk." (Yuck.)

So I went to the Clabber Girl website (everybody has a website, right?) and learned that the
company headquarters is in Terre Haute, Indiana (!), and that they have a museum pictured at the left, and that they are the sponsoring group behind the Indy 500. WHAT? Is this a cover-up of sorts? Am I the first to realize that it should rightfully be named the "Clabber Girl 500"? If it were called that, what would happen? Chrystal, soon to be my adored daughter-in-law, suggested that they would be better off calling it the "Arm and Hammer 500."

Or maybe "Clobber Girl 500"? Would that work?

Artist: Neil Camera


  1. What a fun post and all of it came from buying some baking power! You are a hoot...and educational!

  2. I had no idea!!!!! Baking powder and baking soda are like the mysterious and powerful twins in my cupboard...and don't get me started on cream of tartar...isn't it something that grows on the inside of oak barrels????? i've only ever used it to make play-dough, but it makes me a little nervous every time...

  3. I didn't know ANY of that! I feel much smarter now. Ah the power of blogland!

  4. Kerry great post. there are so many things we don't know the origin. here the VW Beatle is call a FUSCA???? no one can tell me what that means.... may have started as a German word for all I know.
    did you get my email that I couldn't open your DAT file (need a WORD or notepad or PDF - can you please resend.

  5. I knew of the recipe, and this is right up my cooking alley, lol!

    I found the poem and replied to your email!

    I say you are a hoot and a holler, an honorary name where I come from in the south!

  6. Over here in North Wales, GB - clobber means to hit someone or fight them. Its a "slang" word!

  7. This is a great post. I really enjoyed reading it.

  8. Thanks for the recipe. I would never have thought of it. See I learned a couple of things on your blog today. There's my ammunition when Rob tells me I'm spending too much time on the computer. I'll tell him what I learned.

    Hug those two fuzzy rascals of yours (the four footed ones).

  9. Not sure where to post this but I wanted to ask if anyone has heard of National Clicks?

    Can someone help me find it?

    Overheard some co-workers talking about it all week but didn't have time to ask so I thought I would post it here to see if someone could help me out.

    Seems to be getting alot of buzz right now.



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