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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Daydreams and Kiwi Sorbet

The other day, my daughter had a wistful look on her face as she gazed out the car window saying, "Mom, I wish unhealthy food was healthy and healthy food was unhealthy."  I smiled . . . I have those days too.  There are moments when I've seen a commercial for, let's say, a granola bar with "10 added grams of fiber and added antioxidants" and I've really wished I could succumb to advertising.  Wouldn't it be nice if that granola bar actually contained the same nutrients as a fresh salad packaged nicely in a bar, ready for storage in my pocket?  Life would be so much easier if I could just get all my daily nutritional needs from the "stuff" added to my food.

Don't get me wrong, I love cooking the way I do, but I'll admit I have those moments, wishing the advertising was completely true.  It would take a lot less thinking and planning on my part. 

A few years ago, when reading through "Nourishing Traditions," (pg. 551) I was shocked to read a list of common ingredients found inside ice cream cartons:

"Diethylglycol: A cheap chemical used as an emulsifier instead of eggs; is the same chemical used in antifreeze and paint remover.
Piperonal: Used in place of vanilla.  This chemical is used to kill lice.
Aldehyde C-17: Used to flavor cherry ice cream.  It's an inflammable liquid also used in aniline dyes, plastic and rubber.
Ethyl Acetate: Used to give ice cream a pineapple flavor - and as a cleaner for both leather and textiles; its vapors have been known to cause chronic lung, liver and heart damage.
Butyraldehyde: Used in nut flavored ice cream.  It's one of the ingredients in rubber cement.
Amylacetate: Used for its banana flavor.  It's also used as an oil paint solvent.
Benzyl Acetate: Used for its strawberry flavor.  It's a nitrate solvent."

Are you surprised?  Fortunately, an increasing number of brands offer ice creams with only a few ingredients - and none ending in "aldehyde" or "acetate."  They're not making unhealthy foods healthy, but they're real foods, delicious even without the added solvents.  I've learned to make my own.

Kiwi Sorbet
You can substitute just about any fresh fruit for the kiwi in this recipe.  Try strawberries, peaches, or pineapple, just to name a few.
Serves 4

3/4 cup water
1/3 cup honey
2 cups peeled and pureed kiwi (about 8-10)
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Heat water and honey over low heat in a small saucepan until honey is dissolved.  Pour honey and water mixture into a blender or food processor along with kiwi and lemon juice.  Process or blend until smooth.   Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. 


Blogger Rebecca T said...

sounds YUMMY! I might make it tomorrow! I bet you could make it out of just about any fruit couldn't you? On Monday, I'm going to start the "Daniel Fast" for 21 days. I might not cut out honey like it says. We'll see how it goes. The whole NO DIET COKE thing is really stressing me out, but I'm going to give it my all. I figure I'll only feel better. MISS YOU!

April 1, 2010 at 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Unplanned Cooking said...

It's just depressing to read what's in our food.

April 2, 2010 at 2:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i didn't realize how easy it is to make sorbet. i recently made strawberry ice cream and now i am inspired to take a stab (an easy one) at sorbet. the question now...which kind of fruit?? :)

April 2, 2010 at 5:00 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

excellent post! The sorbet looks great.

April 2, 2010 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger jenniferhoiyin said...

i share your occasional sentiment for convenient brainless food. but then i go to work, and (if i don't ruin it) love the end product of real food.

thanks for sharing the additive info, it's interesting and shocking.

April 2, 2010 at 10:15 PM  
Anonymous Christina said...

I'd love to be able to let my 16 month old eat this but I'm hesitant because it has honey in it and the whole botulism thing. Anything I could substitute the honey for so she can have some?

April 4, 2010 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

Christina: hmmm...that's a tough one. All of the recipes I'd seen for sorbet used white sugar so this was the only sweetener I could think of that would sweeten the fruit, but not overpower it. You could add the water w/o the honey and omit the lemon so it would basically be frozen/slushy kiwi. She would probably like that. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful! :)

April 4, 2010 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger hannah queen | honey & jam said...

It is depressing to read what is in our food! My family has been moving farther and farther way from any sort of processed stuff. It tastes so much better, 99% of the time. This Sorbet looks really tasty, I love Kiwi!

April 5, 2010 at 7:52 PM  
Anonymous Alisa-Foodista said...

I wouldnt have thought they'd be putting that in ice cream.Thatnk for sharing this. I'm making my own ice cream now.

April 6, 2010 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger Gail said...

I would love to try this. I love Kiwi and all sorts of sorbets...and it's been getting warmer lately that this might be just the thing! Thanks for the encouragement to eat healthy and the insight into the yuck that is out there!


April 6, 2010 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger innBrooklyn said...

That list of icecream ingredients is just disgusting: how can a lice killing agent be used as an approved food substance. thanks for the post: its great to have reminders of why i stick to cooking it all at home!

April 8, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

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