August 18 – National Ice-Cream Pie Day
National Ice-Cream Pie Day
Five Food Finds about Ice-Cream
- An average dairy cow can produce enough milk in her lifetime to make a little over 9,000 gallons of ice cream.
- A cow has only 1 stomach with 4 areas where food is digested: the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and the abdomen.
- The udder of a cow can hold between 25-50 lbs. of milk.
- In the U.S., all ice cream needs to have a minimum of 10% milkfat if it is to be labeled “ice cream”. This includes custard based (French Style) ice creams.
- Sorbet, has no milk at all!
Today’s Food History
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1850 Honore de Balzac died. French author. Balzac would lock himself away during creative bursts, drinking coffee and eating only fruit and eggs. When he finally took a break, he was known to consume huge quantities of food. One report recalls that at the Véry restaurant he consumed at one sitting ‘a hundred Ostend oysters, twelve cutlets of salt-meadow mutton, a duck with turnips, two partridges and a Normandy sole,’ not to mention the desserts, fruit and liqueurs he finished up with.
1953 Four cows in Stearns county Minnesota were picked up by a tornado and set down unharmed.
2004 It was reported that it rained fish at about 2:30 p.m. in Shropshire, western England.