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Why Carrots Are Orange and Not Purple — Food History

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At the grocery store you probably see only two kinds of carrots: baby carrots, and the long ones with the green tops. Both of them are orange. If you're lucky you might see a couple colorful carrots at your farmers market that are white, yellow, and purple (maybe).

But did you know that orange carrots weren't always the norm? In fact, purple carrots were much more prominent before the 16th century. The history of orange carrots is surprising and a little mysterious. Here's the story on how they came to be.

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How To Make Creamy Ice Cream with Just One Ingredient! — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

A few years ago I shared my favorite magic trick in the kitchen: creamy ice cream made with just one ingredient. Yes, that's right — just one ingredient, and no ice cream maker needed!

What is this one magic ingredient that can be whipped into rich and silky ice cream, with no additional dairy, sweeteners, or ingredients needed whatsoever?

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Every Wheel of Comté Cheese Starts Here: The Cows of Jura, France — Comté Cheese Tour

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Giant wheels of Comté cheese measure three feet across and clock in at 80 pounds by the time they've made it through months of aging and are ready to eat. But each one of those hefty rounds starts out right here, with these lovely ladies.

These are Montbéliardes, the main breed of cow responsible for producing all the milk that goes into a wheel of Comté cheese. If they look a bit confused, it's only because we interrupted their breakfast.

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How To Clean Butcher Block Countertops — Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn

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A quick search online for pros and cons of butcher block countertops will give a long list of pros on beauty and function, and one definite con: maintenance. It's a forgiving surface, to say the least, since it can be sanded and oiled to be made like new, but what a project!

The overall chorus, however, suggests that everyday cleaning is far easier and simpler, and doesn't require harsh chemicals or cleaners. Here's the best way to clean your butcher block countertops after using them.

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What’s the Difference Between Sherbet and Sorbet? — Tips from the Kitchn

Did you ever order rainbow sherbet as a kid? I know I did, but mainly because someone had the ingenious idea to name a food rainbow. I remember it tasted fruity and creamy, but not as rich as ice cream. Then I encountered sorbets and got confused — were they really just the same kind of fruity frozen dessert?

The names sorbet and sherbet have been used interchangeably to some extent over the years, but there are distinguishing differences between the two, so let's demystify them now.

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Recipe: Blackberry Chia Jam — Pantry Recipes from The Kitchn

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A low sugar, all-natural jam that takes only minutes to prepare? Yes, there is such a thing! All you need is fresh fruit, lemon juice, chia seeds, and honey and you can have a batch of homemade jam that is not only quick but quite low in sugar too.

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