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  • Is Velveeta Dairy-Free

    Question: Is Velveeta cheese dairy-free? Answer: No, Velveeta is not dairy-free. The top four ingredients of Velveeta are milk, whey, skim milk, and milk protein concentrate. All of these ingredients are milk or derived from milk. Additionally, Velveeta is not low in lactose content. Per The Really Big List of Lactose Percentages, Velveeta contains 9.3% lactose. As a reference, dairy products with 2% lactose or less can be tolerated by many people who have issues digesting lactose. Velveeta’s 9.3% lactose puts it at the higher end of  lactose content for cheese and other dairy products. Velveeta may not be tolerated

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  • Is Sour Cream Dairy?

    Question: Is sour cream dairy? Answer: We love sour cream for things like baked potatoes, nachos, and dips. While many people enjoy the tangy and creamy flavors of sour cream, some aren’t quite sure of its exact ingredients. Specifically, many people wonder if sour cream contains dairy. Yes, sour cream is a dairy product. Sour cream is made from only cultured cream in its simplest form. A light sour cream is often made from a combination of cultured cream and milk. Additionally, several brands contain thickeners, preservatives, and additives like carrageenan, guar gum, locust bean gum, and food starch. There are

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  • Is Ricotta Cheese Pasteurized?

    Question: Is ricotta cheese pasteurized? Answer: Pasteurization involves heating a liquid (milk, whey, etc.) to a high temperature in order to kill off harmful bacteria. The temperature and heat time of the liquid depend on the type of pasteurization used by the manufacturer. There is debate over whether pasteurization kills vital nutrients and good bacteria (probiotics) in milk. The FDA’s stance is that pasteurization does not reduce milk’s nutritional value. In most cases, the ricotta cheese that is found in grocery stores is pasteurized. Popular ricotta cheese brands like Polly-O, Maggio, 365 Everyday Value (Whole Foods) and Frigo all are pasteurized

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  • Is Butter a Condiment?

    Question: Is butter a condiment? Answer: A condiment can be defined as a food flavor enhancer or a substance used to complement food.  However, there is some debate on what food products are actually condiments. Almost all of us can agree that ketchup, mustard, and relish are common condiments. But, what about butter? Yes, butter is a condiment. It is used to enhance the flavor of many foods from vegetables to sandwiches and beyond. Go back in history to the first published sandwich in America. In the 1837 cookbook titled, Directions for Cookery, the author provides a recipe for a ham sandwich

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  • How Long Can Sour Cream Sit Out?

    Question: How long can sour cream sit out? Answer: Sour cream is made from milk. Like many dairy products, sour cream can quickly succumb to bacteria growth if left outside of the refrigerator for too long. There is an idea that sour cream is already “soured “, therefore, spoilage is not a big concern. This is not true. Sour cream is highly perishable and can cause food poisoning if left outside of the refrigerator for too long. Let’s look at the details. How Long Can Sour Cream Sit Out? If possible, you should return sour cream immediately to the refrigerator after use. While this

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