What is the difference between baking powder and baking soda?

Baking soda is pure bicarbonate of soda also known as sodium bicarbonate. It is an alkaline ingredient, and when mixed with acidic ingredients, it reacts and releases bubbles of carbon dioxide. Baking soda is single acting, it only reacts once it is combined with moisture. It has baking and household uses.

Baking powder is used for baking. It is made up of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda); an acid salt which reacts with moisture or heat, or both – such as tartaric acid, mono-calcium or combination of acid salts; and cornstarch (used to keep ingredients separated). Baking powder is double acting, it reacts once when mixed with moisture and again when it is exposed to high temperatures.

Are Clabber Girl products Gluten-Free?

Here is a list of our naturally Gluten-Free products:

  • Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • Clabber Girl Corn Starch
  • Rumford Baking Powder
  • Rumford Corm Starch
  • Davis Baking Powder
  • KC Baking Powder
  • Hearth Club Baking Powder
  • Hearth Club Corn Starch
  • Royal Baking Powder
  • Fleischmann’s Baking Powder
  • Rex Coffee

All of our baking powders are below 20 ppm for presence of gluten.

Why was the allergen testing process changed?

Clabber Girl initiated the process to test for peanut proteins when cookie mixes were being manufactured; the cookies were sold in schools and there was a greater concern among consumers over products that were finished goods (or close to finished goods). Clabber Girl ceased manufacturing cookie mixes in early 2014.

How was the decision made to eliminate testing for peanut proteins and peanut-free logo?

Consumer research was conducted with consumers impacted directly by a peanut and/or nut allergy. Only 1/3 of survey respondents read baking powder labels. Most shoppers participating in the study were concerned about finished baked products, significantly more than the baking powder as an ingredient. Most considered “product made in a nut-free facility” as a product safe to purchase.

What steps does Clabber Girl take to ensure food safety?

Clabber Girl maintains the highest level of food safety standards and allergen protocols. Clabber Girl follows GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) which include hand washing, correct allergen labeling, and shoe covers. Segregation of allergens is required in order to maintain SQF certification. All manufacturing team members wear hair nets, uniforms and shoes specifically for the manufacturing facility. All visitors to the manufacturing areas wear hair nets, lab coats and shoe covers.