Friday, April 5, 2013

Nut-Free Supermarket Find Friday: Clabber Girl Baking Powder! (Plus some nut-free recipes)

Clabber Girl® brand baking powder makes nut-free baking a lot easier. 

Nut-Free Supermarket Finds Friday on The Nut-Free Mom blog is back! This week's focus is Clabber Girl Baking Powder, a company that has been around quite awhile and has been displaying a "made in a peanut-free facility" symbol on their baking powder for years. Still, many people are not aware of the product's nut allergy-safe status. I use this baking powder not only for  the peanut-free symbol, but also for its excellent quality. Since I'm a frequent baker, I use it a lot.

Next time you are at the supermarket, take a spin through the baking aisle and look on the back of the Clabber Girl canister. You'll see a symbol that says "peanut-free facility." Look carefully--it might be gray or red, but it's there. Usually, Clabber Girl features a yummy recipe on the back of the canister as well, so be sure to check those out, too.

Companies are not required by law to label in this way, so I appreciate seeing this symbol.Of course, since I deal with tree nut allergies as well, I investigated Clabber Girl's practices with regard to tree nuts. Here is an excerpt from the most recent customer service interaction I had with the company on February 7, 2013:

"Our facility is peanut free, however we do manufacture products with tree nuts.  These products (gelatins, puddings and cookies) are not manufactured in the same building as the baking powder and baking soda that we produce, so they are segregated.
Any and all baking powders produced by the Clabber Girl Corporation do not contain any spices, flavors or colorings. They do not contain any of the following commonly recognized sources of allergenic responses: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean, mollusks, tree nuts, wheat, barley, rye, peanuts, and soybeans.  Examples of the food products most commonly known to cause allergic reactions as stated above, are not present in any of the ingredients which are in any of the baking powder formulas produced by the Clabber Girl Corporation, corn starch, bicarbonate of soda, sodium aluminum sulfate, acid phosphate of calcium."
Does reading about baking powder make you feel breaking out your baking ingredients and whipping up something good? Me too. If you're so inclined, here are two recipes from my site in which I use Clabber Girl baking powder. Either one would be perfect for Mother's Day! Here you go:

Nut-Free Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Heart-Shaped Scones

For more information on Clabber Girl's peanut-free policies, please check out their  web site. If you have any questions about their facility, you can fill out a contact form, also available on their web site.

Note: If you have concerns about any food item and need more info, please contact the company directly. Manufacturing practices can change over time, so be sure to get updated information as needed. It's up to the consumer to decide what is the best option for their situation. And thank you!


Gratefulfoodie said...

This is a great resource: Grocery store tips on products! I truly appreciate this. GREAT job.

Funny you addressed baking powder. I had a minor panic two weeks ago when I grabbed a can and then stop and thought, when was the last time I called to double check for any factory changes. It had been years. I think sometime it is to let things slip by, so thank you!!!

Becky Elmuccio said...

Are most baking powders not nut-free? We are new to being peanut allergy parents, so it's not a spot I thought to look at yet.

Jenny said...

Hi Becky, You ask a great question which is one of the biggest when you find out your child has a nut allergy. What foods are "safe"? The issue is the way that our mass-marketed foods/ingredients are produced. Even a seemingly basic food can be produced on shared lines with nut-containing products or in the same facility which presents cross-contact risk depending on how the company manages allergens. I like to point out foods that display the "peanut-free" or "nut-free" symbols as these products do save us some time! Since you are new to nut allergies, I hope you'll consider checking out my e-book: which is a guide that discusses food shopping and labels among many other important topics. Thanks for reading and all the best to you! Jenny

Jenny said...

Thank you Caroline, @Grateful Foodie. I'm glad you found the info helpful!

Best, Jenny