This Secret Ingredient Will Make Your Life Easier

We’ve all used baking soda for years as an ingredient in recipes to make baked goods rise. But you might be amazed at all the ways a baking soda can simplify and brighten your life! Clabber Girl’s new Fresh Shaker Multi-Purpose Baking Soda, with its “Shake or Pour” top makes it even easier to use everyday baking soda to clean, deodorize and freshen!

  1. Clean Produce

If you simply don’t trust the produce you bring home from the store to be really clean enough to eat, a washing with baking soda can remove wax, chemicals and bacteria and put your mind at ease. Rinse your fruits and veggies, coat them with baking soda, give them a scrub, then rinse them again for the freshest produce you can serve!

  1. Remove Coffee Stains

Wherever those nasty coffee stains build up–on your counter, under the coffee maker or in your sink–you can quickly and easily remove them with baking soda. Sprinkle liberally on the surface, scrub with a sponge or paper towel and rinse. The job is done, and you can take the time you saved to enjoy a cup of your favorite Rex Coffee!

  1. Freshen the Litter Box

If you have cats, you know how hard it is to eliminate those litter box odors. No matter what you do, it seems there’s always a hint of kitty smell hanging around the house. The solution is already there in your kitchen cabinet. Baking soda absorbs odors naturally, so sprinkle some on top of the litter to neutralize those smells.

  1. Scour Pans

Love your baking pans, but hate that nasty brown coating that they’ve developed? Don’t waste your dough on new ones! Simply pour a liberal amount of baking soda onto the pan, add water to form a paste, scrub and rinse. Your pans will look brand new, and you can get back to baking!

  1. Deodorize

“Whew! What’s that smell?” If you’ve uttered those words when your teenager takes off his tennis shoes or your husband opens his gym bag, there’s an easy, safe and natural way to deodorize all things stinky. Just shake some baking soda inside the smelly bag or shoes and let its odor-absorbing power do the work!

  1. Freshen Laundry

This tip for fresher laundry is so easy, you’ll be surprised you hadn’t thought of it! Simply sprinkle baking soda into the washing machine full of dirty clothes and wash as usual. Baking soda as a laundry additive is a great money saver. It makes your whites whiter and your colors brighter, plus it softens the water, so you can use less detergent and less bleach!

  1. Deodorize the Refrigerator

Probably the best-known use for baking soda, besides baking, is as a deodorizer for the fridge. No matter how well you package food for storage, there will be smells in the refrigerator. Clabber Girl’s “Shake or Pour” canister is a convenient way to absorb fridge odors naturally.

  1. Make Toothpaste

For years folks in the know have been using the special properties of baking soda to remove stains on their teeth and fight the germs that cause periodontal disease. A paste made with two tablespoons of baking soda, a teaspoon of water, one-eighth teaspoon of salt and a couple of drops of mint extract can clean and brighten your teeth, and at considerably less cost than commercial toothpastes. Give it a try!

  1. Clean Sink and Faucets

Shake some Clabber Girl Baking Soda into your sink and on and around your faucets to get rid of dried-on gunk and water spots as a part of your regular kitchen clean-up. Wiping down counter tops and sinks, then rinsing well with water, is an easy and frugal way to remove all sorts of food stains and brighten your kitchen, too.

  1. Make Dog Toothpaste

If baking soda is a great way to freshen and brighten your teeth, it makes sense that it’s a great way to clean Fido’s teeth as well. To make a palatable paste for your pets, mix two tablespoons of baking soda, a teaspoon of beef bouillon, one-quarter teaspoon of water, a pinch of salt, and one of parsley. Use it regularly to brush your doggie’s teeth, and his breath will be fresher, too!

Give these tips a try and let us know how they work out for you. And we’d love to hear from you about the new Clabber Girl Fresh Shaker Multi-Purpose Baking Soda, with the “Shake or Pour” top, and about your favorite ways to use baking soda for cleaning, deodorizing and freshening your home, car, gym locker or wherever!

Chili Soup – Six Ways!

There are so many ways to celebrate the SuperBowl, but we think there’s no better way than cheering your team on with a warm bowl of chili at your side! Just as there are many ways to celebrate SuperBowl Sunday, there are numerous ways to prepare chili. We’ve searched our archives and found six totally different chili recipes for you to try out. Ranging from spicy hot to vegan zucchini, each is unique in its own way. All recipes include our special chili seasoning recipe, which you can add to taste.

Hot Chili

  • 1/4 c. Chili Seasoning
  • 2.5 lb. beef top round, fat trimmed and diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 diced onion
  • 2 diced poblano peppers
  • 2 diced Anaheim chilies
  • 3-4 diced fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 c. Tequila
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 c. lime juice
  • 24 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 c. tomato sauce
  • 1 c. beef stock
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Coat the diced meat with 1/4 cup of the Chili Seasoning. In a large braiser, heat the olive oil and add the seasoned beef. Brown on all sides. Add the onion, garlic and the fresh chilies and sauté until the onions are soft. Add the Tequila and cook until liquid is reduced by half.

Add tomato products and beef broth and bring to a boil then turn down to a high simmer. Simmer until meat is tender. Adjust seasoning as desired. Finish with lime juice and chopped cilantro.

Hot Chili

Mild Chili

  • 2-3 Tbsp. Chili Seasoning (to taste)
  • 3 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 large jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 2 (16-oz.) cans hot chili beans
  • 1 (22-oz.) can tomato juice
  • 1 (15-oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-oz.) can tomato puree
  • 1 (10-oz.) can beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons barbeque Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons Kahlua
  • 4 tablespoons Vodka
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

In a large stockpot, combine ground beef and chili seasoning. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until beef begins to turn crusty brown. Add celery, onion, green pepper and jalapeno; cook until vegetables are tender. Add un-drained chili beans, tomato juice, tomatoes, tomato puree, broth, BBQ sauce, Kahlua, Vodka and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well and simmer, stirring occasionally. May place this chili in slow cooker to keep warm.

Mild Chili

Quick ‘n Easy Turkey Chili

  • 1-2 Tbsp. Chili Seasoning (to taste)
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Two 16-oz. cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • One 28-oz. can whole tomatoes; un-drained and chopped

Combine turkey, onion and garlic in a Dutch oven; Cook until turkey is browned, stirring to crumble. Drain off drippings. Add remaining ingredients; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes stirring occasionally.

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Chicken Chili with Corn and Cannellini Beans

  • 2-3 Tbsp. Chili Seasoning (to taste)
  • 3 1/2 to 4 pound chicken
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups fresh, frozen or canned corn kernels
  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • optional toppings:
    • grated cheddar or Jack cheese
    • sour cream
    • chopped scallions

Combine the chicken, half the onion and enough water just to cover. Simmer for 1 hour and transfer the chicken to a plate. Boil the broth until it is reduced to 4 cups. Discard the skin and bones from the chicken and chop the meat coarsely.

In a large saucepan, cook the remaining onion, green peppers and garlic in the oil, stirring over moderate heat until golden. Stir in the chili seasoning and cook for 1 minute. Stir in 3 cups of the broth, the chicken, cumin and pepper and simmer the chili for 30 minutes.

Stir in the corn and beans and simmer another 15 minutes.

Chicken Chili with Corn and Cannellini Beans

Super Sausage Chili

  • 2 Tbsp. Chili Seasoning (to taste)
  • 2 lbs. hot sausage (May use Italian sausage)
  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans red kidney beans
  • 1 (15 oz.) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (12 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. prepared mustard
  • 2 c. water

In a skillet, brown sausage and onion. Crumble sausage until it is in very small pieces. When sausage is brown, drain grease and add to large stock pot. Add remaining ingredients and cook on medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Turn down heat to simmer and cook at least 2 hours.

Super Sausage Chili

Vegan Zucchini Chili

  • 2-3 Tbsp. Chili Seasoning (to taste)
  • 4 to 6 cups zucchini, unpeeled and grated
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 15-oz. can tomato sauce, plus 1 can water
  • 1 28-oz. can tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 1 15-oz. can kidney beans
  • 1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
  • green olives, sliced (optional)
  • shredded vegan cheese (optional)

In a pan, sauté zucchini, celery and onion in oil for about 6 minutes. Add tomato sauce, water, tomatoes, chili seasoning to zucchini mixture and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours (this mixture can be frozen, and remaining ingredients added later). Add kidney beans, mushrooms and green olives; simmer for 15 minutes.

Vegan Zucchini Chili

Top Ten Recipes of 2016

We are counting down the top ten recipes on our website in 2016! These are the top ten most visited recipes on our website throughout the year in 2016. It should be no surprise that our Old-Fashioned Biscuits (as shown on the back of the Clabber Girl Can) are at the top of our list!

  1. Old-Fashioned Biscuits (as shown on the Clabber Girl can) – This is the classic baking powder biscuit recipe that can be found on the back of the Clabber Girl Baking Powder can. You need to ensure your oven is very hot and ready to go before putting in the biscuits inside.
  2. Clabber Girl Baking Powder Hamburger Buns – Our hamburger buns are quick and easy to make – no yeast and no rising time. Now, admittedly, the dough is sticky, and things can get a little messy when you scoop it out and plop it on the baking sheet. But just keep a bowl of water handy and wet your fingers before you scoop and shape the dough to make it easier to handle.
  3. Baking Powder Biscuits – You can use this basic baking powder biscuit recipe and with a few minor changes make buttermilk, drop, cheese, sour cream or cornmeal biscuits.
  4. Good Ole Fried Chicken – This fried chicken comes out moist with a crispy crust; it’s the ideal old fashioned recipe that has withstood the test of time.
  5. Lemon Drop Cookies – These cookies are bursting with lemon flavor-you actually bake them with lemon zest and use frozen lemonade concentrate as your liquid.
  6. Orange Cake – Originally featured in our Brickyard to Backyard cookbook, this has become a favorite for the holidays when oranges are in season. The cake is light and delicate, the orange glaze is packed with flavor.
  7. Applesauce Spice Bars – There are 3 different spices in this bar, giving them so much flavor! Top them with cream cheese frosting for an extra decadent dessert.
  8. Golden Corn Bread – This corn bread only requires 8 ingredients and first appeared on the back of the Clabber Girl Baking Powder can.
  9. Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake – This recipe is another one of my favorites I have learned from my grandma! I know I have said it before with some other recipes, that I am wanting to learn some family recipes that everyone loves and that are favorites of mine. Texas Sheet Cakes are like a family tradition, you might have eaten it as a kid as well as your parents may have as well. Enjoyable every time!
  10. Irish Cream Bundt Cake – This cake is perfect for fans of Irish cream liqueur; it is an ingredient in both cake and glaze. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or a fun event where a special Irish-inspired cake is called for.

2017 Call for Bloggers, Recipe Developers and Food Photographers

Become a blogger for Clabber Girl!

Please fill out the following form if interested in joining our team as a blogger, recipe developer and/or food photographer.

Clabber Girl is seeking contributors for the following:

  • Recipe developers
  • Recipe testers
  • Bloggers
  • Food photographers

About Clabber Girl: For more than 150 years, Clabber Girl has earned the trust of home cooks and culinary professionals alike, producing a broad range of ingredients, specialty dry mixes and custom leavening systems. We provide scratch recipes for people who love to bake at home. Our blogs often show step-by-step photography to help walk a reader through a recipe containing one of our ingredients. Recipes are posted to both a blog and our recipe database. They are shared across our social media networks and we do tag authors in our posts.

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Top 10 Recipes of 2015

A year of sweets, holiday favorites and of course, biscuits!

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As another year wraps up, so does another year of dinner menus, sweet desserts, holiday parties and kitchen memories. At Clabber Girl, we like to offer you as many recipes as we possibly can to make your baking experiences memorable and delicious. Here are the top 10 viewed recipes from 2015:

10. Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies: These cookies are perfect for any holiday occasion. If you dress them up in festive icing and sprinkles, they’re a little sweeter!

9. Caramel Cheesecake Brownies: Caramel, Cheesecake, and Chocolate, do we even need to say anymore? These decadent brownies are perfect for sweet tooths and chocoholics.

8. Pumpkin Cut-Out Cookies: Cut these pumpkin cookies into pumpkin shapes for double the Halloween fun!

7. Corn Bread: Whether it’s a side dish for chili or a staple in the bread basket during Thanksgiving dinner, it’s no secret that corn bread is a favorite for all!

6. Chocolate Chip Banana Cupcakes: Not only are these cupcakes sweet, but they’re beautiful!

5. Snowball Cookies: A favorite from Mexico, these cookies are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and perfect for holiday cookie exchanges.

4. Blueberry Coffeecake Muffins: Breakfast just got a little better with these blueberry muffins topped with a cinnamony, nutty streusel.

3. Baking Powder Biscuits: These biscuits, topped with butter, smothered in jam or drenched in gravy, are versatile and yummy however you choose to serve them up!

2. Belgian Waffles Made with Clabber Girl Pancake Mix: Who doesn’t love waffles on a Saturday morning? Create a big batch of pancake mix to last you a while. You’ll be whipping out waffles before the coffee is brewed!

1. Old-Fashioned Biscuits (as shown on Clabber Girl can): Of course biscuits are our number one searched recipe! We pride ourself on our famous biscuit recipe and are honored that year after year you choose to put our biscuits on your table.

We look forward to meeting with you in the kitchen again in 2016! Here’s to another year of delicious baking!

We are Resolved

We Are Resolved

We are resolved to love more fully. To love ourselves, body, mind, and heart. To love our family with time and our patience. To love our friends with compassion and joy. To love our neighbors with mercy and understanding. We will strengthen our resolve with warm whole-grain bread, fresh from the oven. Our muscles will burn as we knead, our minds will puzzle as we mix, our hearts will warm as we create. Age-worn hands will guide small, clumsy hands over bowls of batter and frosting. Stories will be shared with laughter over treasured bites. Spirits will be lifted from the work of our souls and our kitchens.

 

We are resolved to seek adventure. To take with us the wisdom of our roots and the curiosity of our childhood. New things will be created from old, and we will taste more of life as we push beyond the constraints of what is comfortable and into the big, beautiful world. Putting aside our anxieties, we will delve into flavors and places entirely new to us and discover parts of ourselves we’ve never met before.

 

We are resolved to make the world better for us being in it.   What gifts we have been given, we will share. It may sting, but our vulnerability will create lasting connections as we share our favorite recipes…and our mistakes. When we can, we will right wrongs. When we cannot, we will learn.

 

We are resolved to cultivate health. To use our ovens for good, and not evil. The nourishment of carefully-chosen grains and the enjoyment of nature’s candies will fill our lives with pinker cheeks and surprising endurance. Our options for delicious and wholesome foods will grow, and so will we.

 

We are resolved to acquire new skills. To try and fail until we’ve gotten it right. To giggle hysterically when we look silly, but to not stop working, not stop dancing, not stop stirring. We will reach a potential we could only guess that we had.

 

We are resolved to laugh more at ourselves. To laugh until our ribs hurt and we struggle to catch our breaths. At our flat singing voices, our flat tires, and our flat cakes.

 

We are resolved to take nothing for granted, especially when a teaspoon of vanilla goes so far.

 

We are resolved rise above where we were before, like popovers in a hot oven.

 

We are resolved to be tough when needed, and tender when it counts the most.

 

We are resolved…to bake.

 

 

The Cookie Exchange: A Great Holiday Tradition

The Cookie Exchange: A Great Holiday Tradition

Hosting a cookie exchange can be daunting as you think about what’s needed to prepare. Holidays can be fast-paced and stressful. It’s easy to wonder – can you slow down enough to stay in touch with those you care for most? Even a cookie exchange can generate stress with its various components. Far outweighing the difficulty, though, are all the good feelings such an event brings to your home.

In this regard, the holiday cookie exchange has a “triple action.” It connects us with family and friends in a festive atmosphere, it saves a little time in creating a variety platter of cookies for our holiday enjoyment, and it allows us to seek out new varieties of cookies. And we get to eat them. Well… maybe that’s four things, but this won’t be the first time where counting is optional.

Here are a few ideas from Clabber Girl if your cookie exchange needs planning or if you’re hosting for the first time.

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  • Know Your Cookie “Audience”

Consider your “audience.” What do they like? Consider tailoring the mood – music, theme, decor – in a way that feels comfortable for your guests. This may be as simple as setting the audio on a Christmas-themed station and lighting a few candles. Or it may involve setting aside a kids arts-and-crafts (cookie decorating?) area if families or mothers with kids will be in attendance. Note from Mom: Since it is the cold and flu season, consider hand-sanitizer, tongs and other accommodations to ensure everyone gets home healthy.

 

  • Know the Cookies

Prior to your event, if your guests are able, ask them to provide you with the name of the cookie they’ll bring. This ensures that you will have a variety of cookies without duplicates and will offer you a chance to set out platters with tags in anticipation of their arrival. Note from Mom: You can also use this correspondence to provide a list of things participants need to bring (containers, etc.) and set down any ground rules.

 

  • Set the Rules of the Cookie Exchange

Speaking of ground rules – you may have some unique to your group. You might ask for everyone to bring recipe cards for sharing. If it’s a reading club or group of girlfriends, perhaps those interests get folded into the cookie exchange. It could be as simple as making each other laugh with a white elephant gift or ugly Christmas sweater contest. Note from Mom: Or it could be a little more genteel, like asking everyone to bring a gift tin or a bottle of wine for trading. The pre-exchange communication is crucial to the end result of having a good event and an amazing and varied landscape of cookies spread across your tables.

 

  • Think Outside the Chocolate Chip Cookie

And finally, don’t be afraid to try something new. Perhaps add some savory to your sweet. There will be plenty of sugar at your party. Adding a few savory cookies or appetizers would be a great way to offset some of the sweetness. Need some new, fun cookie or app ideas? Check out our Pinterest board! Brownie drop cookies, chocolate peppermint cookies, gingersnaps, spiced pecan oatmeal cookies, or almond biscotti would all make delicious choices for a cookie exchange! Note from Mom: Finally, don’t forget the drinks– milk would be an obvious choice, but you could also provide things such as coffee, cider, tea or hot chocolate.

 

  • Have a Cookie. Have Fun!

Don’t forget that it’s OK to enjoy a cookie. Giving is so much fun, it can be easy to forget the enjoyment that can come from savoring the results of our own creativity and delicious ingredients. Note from Mom: Enjoy yourself and each other. Here’s to a wonderful holiday season and a successful cookie exchange!

Gifting Ideas for the Holidays

Gifts that are homemade and from the heart

This holiday season, skip the long checkout lines and crowded stores. Gifts that come straight from your kitchen are simple and delicious! Check out our gifting ideas below and from our kitchen to yours, happy holidays!

Hot Chocolate Mix

Simply mix the ingredients below, pour in a mason jar, tie a ribbon around the lid and just like that you have an oh-so-chocolatey gift! Want to take your hot chocolate gift to a whole new level? Melt chocolate, dip plastic spoons in the chocolate, top with nuts, marshmallows, candy, etc. and let harden on wax paper. Now you have a sweet stirrer for your hot chocolate!

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Cookie-in-a-Jar

The cookie-in-a-jar is a classic Christmas favorite. Start with our basic oatmeal cookie recipe and add your favorite cookie mix-ins! Mix and match so that each one of the people on your list gets their favorite type of cookie! We’ve even taken care of gift tags for you!

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Homemade Muffin Basket

Start with the basic muffin recipe below and then add your favorite mix-ins. Whether the people on your list prefer sweet or savory muffins, there are plenty of options. Whip up several different types of muffins for the ultimate muffin basket!

Basic Muffin Recipe:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons Clabber Girl baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease 12 muffin tins.

In a large bowl, combine flour, Clabber Girl baking powder, salt, and sugar. In a separate bowl, mix together egg, milk and oil. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir to combine. Fill muffin tins ¾ full; wipe off any excess batter from the tins.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until tops spring back when touched lightly with a finger. Cool slightly on a wire rack before removing from the tins. Makes 12 muffins.

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However you choose to gift this year, make it homemade!