Edy’s – The Best Brand of Orange Sherbet

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As an ice cream connoisseur, I’m often trying different ice creams, sorbets and gelatos – yes, they’re all different things! There is, however, a distinct lack of quality sherbets on the market for us to delve in to. I haven’t really found many that I thought were good enough to share with you guys – until I tried Edy’s Orange Sherbet, that is.

If you’re curious about what the difference between the different types of ice cream are, then the basics is this;

  • Sorbet is fruit based.
  • Sherbet is essentially a sorbet with a little milk added
  • Ice cream is mainly cream based – sometimes with milk depending on the recipe.
  • If it uses milk, then technically it’s a gelato!

Anyway, this Edy’s orange sherbet is pretty delicious and I haven’t managed to find any other sherbets that can match it in terms of flavor and texture. Let’s have a look at why I think it’s the best brand of orange sherbet.

Low Calories

Whenever you consider ‘low calorie’ anything, you’re usually automatically thinking “this probably won’t taste as good as the regular version”. The good thing about Edy’s is that this really isn’t the case. Even though it’s not the richest sherbet I’ve ever tasted, I think it matches it’s competitors in terms of taste. Which is great, because it’s actually made with skim milk. This means that you don’t need to be too concerned with calories – half a cup of Edy’s is only around 120 calories. Pretty great right?

Strong Taste

I don’t know about you, but if I want an orange ice cream or sherbet, I want it to taste strong. I wanna have a aftertaste in my mouth after I’ve finished eating. This is definitely what you’ll get with Edy’s, as one of the main ingredients is orange juice from concentrate. This is great for those of us who like a strong tasting sherbet!

Soothing Texture

If you read other reviews on this blog, you’ll probably know; I’m super critical. Well, I can’t be too critical of this one, especially the texture. It really is one of the better sherbets I’ve tasted store bought, and I should know; I’ve tried a lot!.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Edy’s are one of the better brands out there when it comes to quality and taste. I’d have no trouble recommending them to a friend, so if you’re interested in Edy’s Ice Cream then I recommend this the first flavor that you try!

When are Peaches in season?

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When are Peaches in season in the US?

Like many other summer fruits, the best time for producing peaches is between May and August. Though in California, the peach season starts a month earlier than that in April, and can extend further by a month or so. This isn’t true for all brands of peach, but usually the freestone peaches that are extremely popular.

Whilst many people assume that many of the United States peaches are grown in Georgia, this isn’t totally true. Whilst Georgia does still grow a considerable amount of peaches, this isn’t as much as some areas of South Carolina and mainly California. In fact, California has consistently produced a significant amount more peaches than anywhere else in the United States for many years now.

When are Peaches in season in the UK?

Although you can find peaches available starting in June, they really enter the prime of the season throughout July, August and September. The heat of those summer months really enable the peach to grow as one of the most popular summer fruits in the UK.

Peaches are one of the less common fruits to be grown in the UK, though it is entirely possible. Check this video out of a delicious peach tree being grown in the UK;

Are peaches good for you?

Like many other fruits, peaches have certain characteristics that are certainly advantageous to anyone looking to get some nutritional benefits. Interestingly enough, they originate in China, where they actually are a symbol of friendship and long lasting life.

They’re relatively low in calories, which is always something that is a bonus of eating copious amounts of fruit. A small peach may only have 30 calories, whereas a larger peach can often be double that. They’re full of anti-oxidants, which helps to protect your cells and keep you healthy. Whilst they aren’t the lowest in carbohydrates, an average peach will only have around 10 grams of crabs, with 8 of those carbs coming from sugars. This isn’t bad for those on a low carbohydrate diet.

Peaches have also been noted to have a positive on your hair, and the selenium in the peaches has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer. They’re a natural diuretic, which means that they’re good for cleaning out your kidneys and bladder from all of the waste that gets trapped. Peach tea is extremely popular in China and is known as a kidney cleanser.

There are many other benefits of eating peaches, including reducing the risk of gout and other diseases. They’re also a natural aphrodisiac, so stock up on peaches before any late night love-making sessions.

Are peaches acidic?

Yes, peaches are acidic, though they aren’t as acidic as some of the other fruits available. They measure at a PH of around 4, which isn’t too acidic. If you’re worried about your peaches being too acidic, it’s a good idea to limit the amount of citrus fruits that you eat, though a peach isn’t a citrus fruit,

Favorite Peach recipes

  • Peach Cobbler – It stands to reason that the peach cobbler is the first recipe that we’ve suggested. The cobbler is the staple dessert in many houses, a with good reason; it’s delicious. This recipe is super simple for any newbies to making desserts.
  • Spicy Peach Chutney – Whilst Mango Chutney is the one that gets all the attention, a nice peach chutney is a surprise for the tastebuds. You won’t find any other flavors quite like a spicy peach chutney.
  • Two Crust Peach Pie – It seems peaches were made to be enjoyed in delicious desserts. Peach pies are a great alternative to the more popular options of apple or cherry.
  • Peach Avocado Salsa – Maybe our favorite recipe, peach avocado salsa is revolutionary for the tastebuds. This goes great with fish, chicken or just simply with tortilla chips.

Where does salt come from and is it bad for you?

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Salt is one of the most common ingredients that you’ll find for cooking in the United States today. You’ll pretty much find it in every savoury recipe going, whether that’s whilst you’re cooking it or after it’s cooked and for seasoning. But where does this magnificent mineral come from? How is it produced, and how did it become so popular in modern society? Well, lets have a quick look at what makes salt one of the most popular ingredients today.

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Where does salt come from?

Well, when talking about salt, there are two main different variations that really need to be considered. The most common is table (rock) salt, the stuff you’d buy at your local supermarket, and sea salt (pure). Table salt has other stuff added to it to help increase its shelf life. Things that are commonly added to table salt are very small amounts of glucose, potassium iodide and various different anti-caking ingredients.

With table salt being the most commonly known salt, there are other types. Whilst there are many variations of salt, the likelihood is that you won’t have heard of most of them. Of the lesser known salts, Himalayan salt is probably the best known as it has become increasingly popular in recent years. It is a type of rock salt, and it comes from the mountains of Pakistan; around 220 miles from the Himalayas. It has a pink color, which it gets from certain impurities in the salt.

Though Himalayan salt is popular, it is really a variation or types of rock salt. Rock salt, or Halite, is commonly used to de-ice the frosty road, but is also an extremely popular ingredient in cooking. Table salt is a form of rock salt, though it often has stuff added to it to support the thyroid (iodine) and reduce impurities.

What’s the difference between rock salt and sea salt? Well, the obvious answer is that rock salt comes from mines and different salt domes around the world. Many countries in the world have their own salt mines, including the United States. They are scattered all throughout central North America, as well as through Europe and the United Kingdom.

Where does sea salt come from, though?

The salt that you’ll find in your ocean is pretty much the same as table salt; well, 90% the same anyway. But how does it get into the ocean? Well, it actually gets into the ocean from stones and rocks on the land. When rains lands onto rocks and mountains, it erodes the rocks slightly and extracts salt from these eroded rocks that will eventually spread into lakes, rivers and eventually into the ocean.

Originally though, salt was made from gas and dust clouds. Sodium and Chlorine were made from nucleosynthesis in amongst the stars, and when a supernova occurred and the Stars died, materials like water, salt and other compounds were formed. The remains of some supernovas came together to make up the gas/dust which formed the solar system as we know it. Check this cool video out for a in depth process guide;

Is salt really bad for you?

The answer to this is something that has been considered for many years now, with scientists seemingly changing their mind and offering different opinions. The truth is though, that much of the bad press that salt has gotten in the past is just a major technique to push foods that have little salt in them. Ever seen those “low sodium” or “reduced salt” foods in your supermarket? Yeah, there’s a reason for that.

Truthfully, too much salt can be dangerous in regards to your blood pressure. And this is all because salt makes your body retain water, which isn’t great for you if you’re worried about your blood pressure. When your cells fill up with too much water, this can cause issues resulting in heart problems.

How much salt is too much? Well, it’s hard to tell, but it’d certainly be a substantial amount. There was a case of a man who entered into a coma from drinking too much soy sauce; he did drink the whole bottle however. Most of the salt that you’ll intake would be from processed foods, so we wouldn’t worry too much about adding a little bit to your cooking. Of course, we would recommend a diet on mainly whole foods to avoid any complications.

5 Super Interesting facts about salt

  • Up until fairly recent years, salt was actually used as a currency in some countries in the world. The most recent example of this is in Ethiopia, where until 100 years ago bars of salt were used with a monetary value.
  • The saying ‘not worth his salt’ is said to derive from Ancient Greece, where slaves would often be sold in exchange for salt.
  • Hypotranemia is a real and dangerous thing. It is where one consumes so much water, that all the salt in your system is flushed out. It can result in death, due to the cells in your body swelling well above their normal size.
  • In the 19th Century, salt held an abnormally high price due to its ability to maintain health and regular sodium levels. So much so that it’s said to have been worth 4 times that of the cow, due to an abundance of livestock readily available.
  • Salt has many religious attachments, including the Jewish remembrance of sacrifices by dipping their bread into a bowl of salt.

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When are Strawberries in season?

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When are Strawberries in season in the US?

Depending on what continent you’re living in, the season for strawberries will vary somewhat. In the United States, strawberry season can vary throughout the summer months, from April all the way through to October. April is considered peak strawberry picking time in the South. Though if you carry on into the deep south, May is prime time for strawberries.

Wondering where you’ll find the bets strawberries in the US? Well, California makes up more than 80% of the United States strawberry production. So , if you’re looking for the best place to get some delectable strawberries, then heading to Cali is a good bet. Though later in the year towards September and October time when the heat gets less intensive, Florida takes over as the prime strawberry producer due to their climate.

When are Strawberries in season in the UK?

In the United Kingdom, strawberries will grow consistently through May, June and July. The peak season has always been considered May, spreading through to the start of June. This is part of the reason why strawberries are the food of choice at Wimbledon because this is when they’re at their most delicious!

In terms of location of the UK in which strawberries are grown in, this is varied due to the climate being fairly similar through the UK in the summertime. Of course, regions like Somerset and Devon are fantastic places to grow strawberries due to the Southernly location. There are many places in the South West of the Uk that you can actually go and pick your own strawberries from farms. This is a great day out for the kids and a good option for the whole family. There’s also the option of growing the strawberries yourself, which is becoming more and more popular as people become aware how easy strawberries are to grow.

Although Elsanta is most popular variety of strawberry, many people choose to go for a different brand if they are growing them themselves.

Strawberries are healthy, right?

Yep. Strawberries are considered by many to be one of the healthiest fruits that you’ll find, due to their low calories and nutrient profile. Each cup of strawberries is only around 50-60 calories. This makes them an extremely good option if you’re looking for something filling that you can eat copious amounts of. That means for every 500g of strawberries, you’re only eating around 140-160 calories. That’s insanely low, right?

If you’re worried about their potential high sugar, that’s another benefit of easting strawberries. As a rule, they’re pretty low in carbohydrates and sugar, with roughly 7 or 8 grams of sugar per 100g. That makes them an ideal snack for someone doing a ketogenic diet.

There are many other benefits that you can get from eating strawberries aside from their calorie count. They’re a fantastic source of vitamin C; you’ll get your whole daily requirement of Vit C for each cup of strawberries that you eat. They also contain a decent amount of potassium and magnesium too, which is one of the most commonly recorded electrolyte deficiencies occurrent in recent years.

Strawberries also help to increase the blood flow in your body, boost your memory and can help you to lose stored fat. Pretty great, right?

Are strawberries berries?

Technically, no. Strawberries are technically not berries, though we will certainly forgive you for thinking that. Believes it or not, technically a banana is a type of berry, though a strawberry is not. This is due to the fact that to be considered a berry, the berry must grow from one flower with one ovary. This is not the case for the strawberry, as it’s flowers have more than one ovary.

Can I freeze strawberries?

Yes, certainly. This is one of the best things about strawberries, and is something that I often choose to do in the summertime when they are cheapest! If you’re freezing them whole, try to pick the dark red, ripest ones as they certainly freeze the best. Whack them in a freezer back, squeeze the air out and they’ll be ready to freeze.

Our favorite strawberry recipes

  • Strawberry Shortcake – This strawberry shortcake is a great example of a delicious dessert that doesn’t take too much time to create. Crumble in your mouth delicious.
  • Strawberry Vinegar – A great choice for those looking for a healthier alternative to jam and other possibly processed condiments. Mmmm.
  • Strawberry Ice Cream – You really can’t go wrong with a delicious strawberry ice cream in the heat of summer.
  • Strawberry Cheesecake – The classic. Okay, none of the recipes are healthy; stick to eating strawberries solo if you’re health conscious! But sometimes you just have to indulge in a good strawberry cheesecake, right?

When are Cherries in season?

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When are Cherries in season in the US?

Like strawberries, cherries are extremely popular throughout California. The prime of the season begins in April, continuing through to around June, where then the cherry chase progresses in a Northernly direction wit the weather. The prime time for the cherries in Cali is around June, towards the end of their prime season cherry producing time.

Washington is another prime cherry producer, taking over from California in June and producing cherries all the way through to August. Their peak time is around July, when the temperature is just perfect for some delicious cherries. Unlike some other fruits, cherries do not last well in storage. This makes them an entirely seasonal fruit, unlike many other fruits that can be stored for several months and age well.

Can cherries grow in Florida?

The answer? Yes and no. Traditional cherries cannot grow properly in Florida due to the tropical temperature. Though, it’s this same tropical temperature that helps produce some of the other, less known types of cherries that can be grown down in Florida.

Though the types of cherries that are produced in Florida are stereotypically not eaten normal; they’re used in wines, jams and delicious cakes. The most common types of this cherry are the black cherry and the Barbados cherry, which grown extremely well in certain areas of Florida.

When are Cherries in season in the UK?

Due to the temperature of the UK, cherries are only really available to be picked during the height of summer in July and August. This makes this the bets time to buy cherries, and they can command high prices throughout the other months of the year. Though because cherries are less produced than other fruits, they often command a high price anyway.

Cherries are a great fruit to pick your own, though it’s not easy to find cherry farms in the UK. They’re scattered throughout the UK, with a large concentration of them being in central England. Check here if you want to find a farm where you can pick your own!

Are cherries good for me?

Cherries are relatively low in calories, containing around 50 calories for every 100g (roughly half a cup). This isn’t the lowest however, as they do have a fairly high sugar count. Though of course, this sugar is incomparable to unhealthy sugars from other unnatural sources. It does mean that they aren’t great for those following a super low carb diet, as each cup of cherries has around 26g of carbohydrates, with two thirds of that being sugar. They do contain a fair amount of fiber to compensate, though.

Unlike other fruits, cherries contain a good amount of melatonin. Melatonin is an important factor in helping you to get to sleep. So, if you’re struggling to get to sleep every night, then a few cherries before bedtime could be a good option to help you drift off.

Cherries are also a great antioxidant, filled with Anthocyanins and Cyanidin that will help prevent cell damage. They’re great for protecting you against stroke, and helping your body fight against pains such as arthritis.

Our favorite cherry recipes

  • Fresh Cherry Cake with Cinnamon – Although it’s not the healthiest thing you can make with your cherries, it’s no doubt one of the most delicious things you can make!
  • Cherry Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Eager to prove that you don’t just have to keep it sweet with cherries, this is a great savoury lunchtime option. The cherries elevate these chicken wraps to the next level!
  • Truffle Cherries – These truffle cherries are the most luxurious cherry recipe that we’ve ever seen. A great choice for any party or hosting event.
  • Cherry blondies – These cherry blondies are a welcome addition for any dessert lover. They’re also ridiculously easy to make, which is a bonus.

Ice Cream vs Sherbet

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One of the less common variations of a frozen dessert is  sherbet. Whilst you might not be fully aware of what a sherbet is and how it differs from ice cream and sorbet, stick around; I’ll go through all the differences between them.

Essentially, a sherbet is a sorbet with one difference; there’s a drop of milk added. This milk makes all the difference in taste and texture. A sherbet is somewhere between a sorbet and a gelato, though you could probably notice the difference pretty easily if you eat them often enough like I do. Lets have a quick look at the differences between the two.

Quick Roundup

If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to check out the full article, I’ve decided to round it up in this quick list of Pros and Cons of both gelato and ice cream. These are;
[column type=”1/2″]Sherbet

Much lower in fat content than ice cream. Must be below 2% fat content to be served as a sherbet.

Because of this less fat, it’s usually much lower in calories

Doesn’t use cream traditionally (thought it can), just milk or buttermilk. This minimizes the fat content.

Great for making alcohol fused dessert (Champagne Sherbet, mmmm).

[/column] [column type=”1/2″ last=”true”]Ice Cream

Made with the same churning process as sherbet, but usually thicker consistency due to it’s ingredients

More fat due to the use of cream

Served colder than sherbet traditionally

Must be minimum 10% fat to be classified as ice cream

Much more common than sherbet, though many sherbets masquerade under the name ‘low fat’ ice cream.[/column]

These are the primary differences between ice cream and sherbet. Whilst they aren’t significant, they will undoubtedly give you a different tasting result at the end of their production. Let’s delve a little deeper into what sherbet really consists of, and how it compares to ice cream.

Ingredients

You won’t notice much of a difference in the ingredients of a sherbet and an ice cream. Generally, the only difference between the two is that a sherbet does not use a cream like ice cream. Instead, sherbet is a more fruit based dessert with a touch of milk – think a sorbet with a little extra! Here’s an idea of the basic ingredients of a sherbet;

Of course, this is just the basis of your sorbet and you can decide yourself what kind of fruits and additional flavors you’d like to add.

Carbs

Sherbet has significantly more carbs and sugars than ice cream. This is because it is primarily made up for cane sugar and fruit juices, whereas ice cream has a larger ratio of fat content. For this reason, you should probably avoid a sherbet if you’re on any sort of low carb or ketogenic diet, as a sherbet will probably have your daily allowance of carbohydrates in one serving!

Fat Content

This is the primary difference between a sorbet and a sherbet. Whereas a sorbet is just fruit puree, water and sugar, a sherbet has a little milk added. This increases it’s fat content, but it still pales in comparison when compared to the high fat content of ice cream.

The fat content of your sherbet will depend on the type of milk that you use. Usually, it’s advised that you use whole milk for the best results, though this is entirely down to you. I personally wouldn’t use skimmed milk, as I don’t think that it gives a good result – the point of a sherbet is that it’s a little creamier than a sorbet!

You should probably avoid eating ice cream if you’re on a strict low calorie diet and opt for a sherbet or a sorbet instead.

Protein

Both ice cream and sherbet have a low protein content, though a sherbet will have a little bit more due to the fact that it’s made with more milk (this isn’t set in stone and depends on the recipe that you use).

One thing that I like to advise if you’re trying to increase the protein content of your desserts is to add a little whey protein. This can dramatically increase the amount of protein in your dessert, without having too much effect on the taste. Make sure to get the same flavor whey as your dessert though, or you could opt for an unflavored whey protein that will work with any flavor of sherbet.

Which is better for dieting?

Neither! Haha just kidding! Both sherbet and ice cream should be eaten sparingly if you’re on a very strict diet, although you can still eat ice cream every day and lose weight!

In terms of which is better for dieting, it would have to be sherbet as it has a much lower fat content than ice cream, therefore usually slightly less calories. Of course, this all depends on the brand and type of ice cream/sherbet that you purchase. FYI, it’s never going to be okay to eat Ben & Jerrys on a diet, stop trying to convince yourself(!).

Taste

 

Texture

Texture wise, a nice sherbet will actually combine both the creaminess of a traditional ice cream whilst allowing you to get the same refereshing feeling that you get from eating a sorbet. Remember that to be considered a sherbet, it has to be less than 2% fat. This means that your dessert will undoubtedly be lighter in texture than an ice cream, because it lacks the same amount of fat.

Variety of Flavors

Generally, you’ll find the same amount of flavors in both sherbet and ice cream. However, this is not the case if you’re looking at alcohol infused desserts.

Things like champagne work perfectly with a sherbet and you’ll often see it as an option in restaurants around the country. This is because a champagne sherbet has a certain lightness that you won’t get from ice cream. Saying this, fuller alcohols like Baileys work better with ice cream, as they complement the creaminess.

Allergies

You’ll come across the same allergy issues with sherbet as you will with ice cream. If you have an intolerance to dairy, you can always look at using a soy milk as opposed to a whole milk in your sherbet, though it will undoubtedly have an effect on the taste and texture of your dessert.

Top Brands

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If I’m going to eat a tub of sherbet, I always make sure to stick with a flavor that I know. The most commonly eaten sherbet is undoubtedly orange. If I’m going to eat orange sherbet, I’ll definitely go for an Edy’s Orange Sherbet . It’s pretty low in calories as it’s made with skim milk – not my usual choice, but it’s seems to work with this sherbet.

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As usual, for ice cream I always tend to stick with Breyer’s as my favorite brand of ice cream. I think it’s just because I like the texture; you can’t go wrong with Breyer’s!

My favourite Gelato recipes

If you’re looking to make your own gelato, I thought I’d better round up some of my favorite options.

Overall Verdict

To conclude, a sherbet and an ice cream aren’t particularly similar. You’d be more accurate comparing a sherbet to a sorbet, as they are both based on fruit purees. Remember; a sherbet is essentially just a sorbet with a little milk added!

Why does ice cream upset my stomach but not milk?

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This is one of the more commonly asked questions that I get from friends. “Why does ice cream upset my stomach, but I’m absolutely fine drinking milk?”. You wouldn’t believe the amount of times I’ve been asked that throughout my time making ice cream.

The answer is actually pretty simple. Usually, ice cream is higher in fat content than milk. Much higher, in fact. You body may be able to process small amounts of fat, so you’d notice even more of a difference if you regularly consume skimmed or semi skimmed milk.

If you didn’t already know, ice cream doesn’t actually have any milk in it. If you’re making your ice cream with milk, you’re actually making gelato! And whilst I love gelato too, there’s a big difference between the two and the way that they’re churned.

There’s also the fact that whilst gelato doesn’t have a minimum fat content, ice cream does. Currently in the US, ice cream must contain a minimum of 10% fat to be classified as ice cream. This high fat percentage explains why you might be having issues digesting the large amounts of lactose that you’ll find in an ice cream.

Issues Digesting Lactose

If you’re having issues digesting lactose, then trying a gelato is a good way to minimize any issues you face if you find yourself with an upset stomach. If you’re having issues even with gelato, then you can look at trying a nice sorbet to completely avoid dairy altogether.

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Another option that many dairy lovers opt for when they’re trying to avoid ice cream itself is to go for another variation of milk entirely. As veganism increases in popularity year on year, it’s not surprise that many people are looking for an alternative to regular milk.

Now, there are many alternatives that you can try, but here’s some of the best alternatives that work well with ice cream.

Soy

Soy is probably one of the most common alternatives to milk, not just in an ice cream sense, but for milk too. If your child has a strong dairy allergy, then the likelihood is that they won’t be able to stomach milk either. To combat this, soy is usually a safe bet to go for. Though, it does come with an acquired taste that you’ll need to get used to.

Coconut Milk

If you’d like to try something with a plainer taste than soy milk, then coconut milk might be a good option for you. It’s a great choice for anyone looking for something a little different.

Almond Milk

Ah, the new(er) kid on the block. When you’re looking to cut milk out of your diet, it’s typical to switch to soy. Well, it was until almond milk came and dominated the scene a few years ago. Almond milk is an awesome alternative, and you may noticed that you’re seeing morealmond milk ice creams at your local store, too. This is great for those people out there who are looking to avoid the stuffiness build up associated with lactose and dairy products.

Conclusion

So, to conclude; it’s pretty normal for you to find that you can’t digest ice cream the same way that you can digest milk or other dairy products. This is because of the high fat content in ice cream that makes it specifically hard to digest (I’m guessing you probably have the same issues with cheese too right?).

To avoid this, you can always try and find lactose free ice cream or take a lactase tablet if necessary. Personally, I’d just switch over my eating habits to sorbet – you know that you’re completely avoiding all dairy with sorbet and you won’t need to worry about getting an upset stomach.

Is Ice Cream Food?

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It’s a pretty popular question to ask yourself; does ice cream technically count as a food or a drink? Well, we’ll answer that pretty definitively today.

Firstly, let’s look at this from a technical perspective. Ice cream is by definition a solid. This is because of it’s form; it is not a liquid. It’s a solid, which makes ice cream technically a food.

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However, there’s more to this question that just; is ice cream food? This is because it really depends on the temperature that your ice cream is. Is there a certain low temperature that your ice cream goes to, that it transforms from a food to a drink?

If you’ve ever had an ice cream and left it on the side for a half hour, you’ll probably notice that after a while, it will undoubtedly be more like a milkshake than an ice cream. This is because as the temperature  of your ice cream gets lower and lower, it really transforms from a food to a drink. So much so, that you could say that ‘ice cream’ is a food, but ‘melted ice cream’ is actually a drink. So, you can’t definitively say that all ice cream is a food (I know, we’re getting quite deep into this!).

Now, what’s the magic temperature that your ice cream will transform into a drink?

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Ice cream is stored best at minus temperatures for long periods of time. If you want to store ice cream for a shorter period of time, then you can store it at 0 temperature just fine.

And if we say that the sweet spot for scooping ice cream is around 10 degrees (some people may argue that it’s higher or lower than that, but not by too much) then we can say that as the temperature gets to around 15-20 degrees, your ice cream will in fact transform from a food to a drink.

To take things a little further, we actually decided to ask 100 people whether they thought ice cream was a food or a drink. Although we already know technically that ice cream is a food, we wanted to see what the public opinion was on whether this delicious dessert was classed as a food or a drink.

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Out of the 100 people that we asked, 96 of those people confirmed that they thought ice cream was a food and not a drink. That’s an astonishing percentage, and far more than we had originally anticipated! That means that only 6 people out of 100 people thought that ice cream was a drink and not a food.

Now, this is where it gets interesting.. We also asked the same 100 people whether they thought melted ice cream was a food or a drink… are you ready for the results?

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It was 50/50. Dead on. 50 people thought that melted ice cream was a food, and 50 people thought that melted ice cream was a drink. Crazy, huh?

Ice Cream Variations that are definitely Foods

Now, there are several different variations of ice cream which we’d definitely consider as a food. Here are a few of the variations of ice cream that are definitely considered a food.

Ice Cream Cake – There’s no denying it, an ice cream cake is undoubtedly a food that you should consider trying if you haven’t already. There are some awesome ice cream cake recipes around if you haven’t seen them already, so be sure to scour the website if you want to try.

Ice Cream Sundae – Is a sundae more of a food than a traditional ice cream because of the syrups and cherries that are on it? Well, that’s really up to you to decide, but I like to think so.

Ice Cream Rolls – A Thai favorite, ice cream rolls are one of the better options you can choose if you’re looking to stick to ice cream but want it presented differently. They’re also pretty conclusive evidence that ice cream is a food – I mean, can you really roll a liquid? Didn’t think so.

Conclusion

To conclude, it really doesn’t matter too much whether you think that ice cream is a food or a drink. Technically in our eyes, it’s undoubtedly a food – but this is up for debate! Let us know in the comment section whether you think ice cream is classed as a food or a drink!

Calories in Oven Chips

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If you’re conscious about the amount of calories in oven chips, then you’re right to be so. They’re fairly high in calories, as they’re primarily made up of carbohydrates but also have a substantial amount of fat in them too. Though we do think that oven chips get a fairly bad rap in comparison to other foods. It seems that the most common criticism is that they’re very ‘more-ish’, and it’s easy to eat a lot of them. But, if you’re good at portioning out your meals and have some self control, oven chips aren’t the worst thing in the world by any means.

There’s a lot of talk about the best way to cook your chips to make sure that they’re low in calories. Whilst this can be true, we also think that it’s kind of a fad. You can reduce the amount of fat in your chips but home cooking them, but the calorie count isn’t going to be massively different by any means.

So, with all of these chips compared to each other, what can we really conclude from this information? Well, the calories in oven chips is pretty similar in all of them. With the most calorific being the McCains oven chips, this is only because they have a higher amount of carbohydrates in them, likely meaning they are made up of more potato.

What we can see though is that the homemade chips aren’t actually lower in calories than any of the others. Of course, there might be other recipes that lower the calorie count slightly, but that won’t make too much of an impact. The likelihood is that homemade chips won’t be any lower in calories than the ones you buy from the store.

Unless we’re talking sweet potato chips, but that’s a whole other story!

Do Toasters Cook as well as Toaster Ovens?

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If you’re looking at getting a new appliance for your kitchen, it’s worth doing some research before you buy. Perhaps your old toaster has broken down and you’re wondering whether you should invest in a toaster or upgrade to a fully fledged toaster oven. But is it an upgrade? Do toaster ovens cook as well as toasters, or will it just take up more space in your kitchen?

It’s clear that a toaster oven offers far more options than your regular toaster would. In a normal toaster you’re confined to the world of breaded delights such as bagels, pop tarts and regular, boring toast (no offence toast). But with a toaster oven, you open up a whole new world of possibilities. You can cook everything, from chickens to chickpeas – okay, not many people will cook chickpeas in a toaster oven, but at least it’s a possibility.

Before you purchase either, you should really assess what your criteria is. What do I need? Do I need the convenience of a toaster, or the sheer power of a toaster oven? Lets have a look at the pros and cons of both and see what the verdict is.

Toaster Ovens

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Pros

  •  Versatility – The toaster oven can cook pretty much anything. Here’s 8 toaster oven recipes that show just how versatile it is.
  •  Self cleaning – Whilst cleaning a toaster can be arduous, you won’t have to worry about this as much with a toaster oven. Many of them have features that are specifically designed to self clean the toaster oven by heating it to a high temperature. This helps to burn away any grime inside the toaster oven.
  •  Adjustable racks – Toaster ovens usually have adjustable racks that make it easy to adjust to whatever you’re cooking; toast, chicken, it’s all possible.
  •  Don’t just compare it to a toaster – This is where many people fail in there assessment of a toaster oven. It ISN’T a toaster! If anything, a toaster oven is in more direct competition with a microwave or a convection oven. It’s just a bonus that it can toast as well, combining what two appliances can do into one.

Cons

  •  It takes up half your kitchen – Okay, this one isn’t necessarily true and is kind of a misconception. Toaster ovens aren’t as big as people assume they are, though they are significantly bigger than toasters.
  •  Dimensionally challenged – The biggest issue with the toaster oven is that for it’s size, you might as well invest in a microwave and use your grill for toasting. Over at consumerreports.org they found that most of the time, you couldn’t even fit 6 slices of bread in your toaster oven. That’s not great for something that takes up so much size if your kitchen.
  •  Dry toast – Another one of the primary criticisms about toaster ovens is that because the actual heating elements of the oven are so far away from smaller foods like a slice of bread, it doesn’t toast well. In fact, it leaves the toast ending up dry and lacklustre.

 

Toasters

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Pros

  •  Convenience beats everything – Whereas a toaster oven might take a little while to heat up and cook your toast, a toaster can have this done in seconds. Average Russell Hobbs toasting times are anywhere between 45 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on how you like your toast.
  •  Adjustable slot sizes – Though this isn’t true for all toasters, many have adjustable slot sizes that compress around your bread. This makes for an even and thorough toast.
  •  It’s quiet – One thing that people don’t say often about a toaster is how quiet it is. Apart from when your bread pops up to let you know it’s done, it goes about its business in relative subtlety.
  •  You’ll actually use it – If you eat toast every morning, then it’s a no brainer for you to get yourself a toaster as opposed to a toaster oven. It’s not unusual for people to buy toaster ovens and never, ever use them.

Cons

  • You don’t have many options – So apart from toast and bagels, there aren’t too many other options that you have for toasting. This is made worse by the fact that many toasters won’t even fit a slice of bread that’s too large.
  • Toasters are more likely to catch fire? – Is this a myth or is it really fact? Well, apparently toasters are dangerous. This is only the case if you’re using your toaster inappropriately, like in the bath or something.
  • Toasters nowadays are lacking in quality – According to the NY Times, toasters have been devolving ever since the 60’s. Whilst this might be true if you pick up a cheap toaster, you can still find some pretty high quality ones around.

Overview

After running through the pros and cons of each appliance, the question still remains; do toaster ovens cook as well as toasters? The answer? Well, it depends on what you’re cooking. In our opinion, a toaster will almost certainly cook toast better than a toaster oven. This is due to the proximity of the toast from the heating elements; a toaster is designed to just cook toast. Whereas a toaster oven is designed to do a multitude of different things. If you’re cooking anything larger than toast, you might be better off looking at a toaster oven for your needs.