One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Milk that has naturally clotted on souring.
- ‘Southerners preferred corn dodgers or pone and pork and clabber rather than Yankee beef.’
Curdle or cause to curdle.with object ‘she needed rainwater to clabber the milk’no object ‘it had to be left to clabber before it could be churned’
bad, gone bad, off, gone off, turned, curdled, fermented, rancidView synonyms
- ‘My mother made cottage cheese from the sour (clabbered) milk.’
- ‘Silky smoked salmon is garnished with clabbered cream, shaved fennel, caperberries, microgreens, and a stack of warm, ethereal buckwheat blinis.’
- ‘At the Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station, specialties such as fromage blanc (tangy, soft, and spreadable) and fresh clabbered cottage cheese are made from organic milk.’
Early 19th century: shortening of bonny clabber.
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