4

isn't ketchup (catsup) technically a smoothie?

8
  • You don't typically cook smoothies, where as ketchup is cooked down quite a bit.
    – FoodTasted
    Nov 28, 2010 at 2:58
  • 1
    Okay, the question is a little silly, and wrong, but does it really deserve four down votes? I mean, really? Nov 28, 2010 at 4:39
  • @Daniel: I would hazard a guess that some people view at as a joke question or at least borderline, hence the downvotes. I've always believed that the best way to handle them is to just answer them honestly and not take the (flame)bait - but at the same time that doesn't mean we should encourage it. Maybe the question is actually not a joke, but that is one reason why it helps to be specific and detailed, to avoid negative interpretations.
    – Aaronut
    Nov 28, 2010 at 5:07
  • It was borderline joke/actual question. I honestly did not know what constituted as a smoothie, and ketchup is smooth... I guess... Mostly it was intended to be a little humorous, and as such I expected this type of response. I am grateful for the serious answers.
    – Corey
    Nov 28, 2010 at 7:18
  • 2
    I'm upvoting, not because I think it is the greatest question we've ever had, but I think @Aaaronut's answer shows that it is well posed and valid, so I don't think it deserves the down votes. Nov 28, 2010 at 9:26

2 Answers 2

21

Definition 1:

A smoothie (also known as a "smoothy") is a blended, chilled, sometimes sweetened beverage made from fresh fruit (fruit smoothie) or vegetables and in special cases can contain chocolate.

Definition 2:

[...] a thick beverage of fruit pureed in a blender with ice and milk, yogurt, or juice.

  1. Ketchup is not considered a beverage by anybody I know.
  2. Ketchup is not made only from fresh fruit and ice/milk/yogurt/juice. It has many other ingredients.
  3. Ketchup is probably not made in a blender.
  4. There are plenty of food items made from fruit that aren't smoothies (is applesauce a "smoothie?").

So, no, it's not a smoothie simply because it contains a fruit.

2
  • 9
    I know a two year old that would dispute point (1), but overall, good answer! Nov 28, 2010 at 9:25
  • 2
    @Michael: I'm not quite as far gone as that two year old, but I do consider french fries to be utensils! Nov 28, 2010 at 23:45
3

During the Reagan years, it (ketchup) was allowed to be a vegetable option for school lunches, e.g. if you had french fries and ketchup, that counted as two vegetables.

3
  • Wasn't Reagan, it was one of the Bushes.
    – Marti
    Nov 28, 2010 at 16:52
  • 4
    @Marti: No, it was during the Reagan administration. Nov 28, 2010 at 23:43
  • @Dennis Williamson: thanks, didn't know that. Could've sworn it was in the news in the 90s - in the 80s I was too young to pay attention to such things.
    – Marti
    Nov 29, 2010 at 15:00

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.