What is milk

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March 10, 2018 8:59pm
If you pour milk into a glass, and then drink it, it is a beverage.

If you pour milk into a measuring cup and bake with it, it is an ingredient.

Now, if you pour milk into cereal, what is it?

Is it still a beverage? Or an ingredient? Is it a broth? And if it's a broth, then is cereal a soup?

Discuss.
March 11, 2018 3:57am
Well, by definition, a broth is a "soup consisting of meat or vegetable chunks, and often rice, cooked in stock" and/or "meat or fish stock".

So that rules out broth.
March 11, 2018 6:13am
milk is an ingredient in cereal >:0
March 11, 2018 10:08am
I would like to propose that milk is a fox. It looks great and tastes fine at first but leaves a sour aftertaste. Also, doesn't last long.
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March 11, 2018 7:26pm
Milk being a beverage, ingredient, or broth is a subjective classification based only upon what people want to use it for at a particular time. In different situations, it can be all or none of these things. All you can truly say of milk's objective existence is that is has the possibility to be a beverage/ingredient/broth. If you wish to actually give it an objective label, you must refer to it by traits it always has- liquid that comes from the mammary glands of mammals.

... although, it is still milk if it's frozen, right? do we have to just call it a substance that comes from the mammary glands of mammals?

and if you could chemically reproduce something that is indistinguishable from milk, but did not come from a mammal at all, is it still milk? Can we truly define something based upon its origins? Is an object's history a part of what defines its present?

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March 11, 2018 7:39pm
also cereal is absolutely a soup, next question

March 11, 2018 7:52pm
Okay, here's a serious response for the debate board.

Though Frosti's right that "beverage", "ingredient", and "broth" are all subjective labels for milk depending on the situation, Tox did specify the particular situation of milk being used in cereal. So we could, based on that situation, come up with a subjective label based on its function.

In the case of cereal, I would argue that milk's function is closest to that of broth. Or, as bovin pointed out that "broth" seems to refer to vegetable and meat stock, maybe just "soup". The milk isn't really a beverage, at least not until you eat all the cereal and drink the remaining milk; the cereal is the meal rather than the drink.

It could be called an ingredient, like Twiggy said. Of course, it isn't quite an ingredient in the same sense as like, pouring milk for baking, because in that case you're adding the milk during the preparatory stage, before you stick the cake in the oven. Of course, then that leads us to ask what the preparatory stage of cereal is.
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March 11, 2018 9:13pm
I suppose if you're the sort of person who puts milk in the bowl before the cereal, then milk would be part of an incomplete mixture, therefore making it part of the preparatory stage and an ingredient. Of course, that calls into question the proper way to prepare a bowl of cereal.
March 11, 2018 9:15pm
@tox, that's what I had in mind! let's not even get into the proper way to make a bowl of cereal though because I am very passionate about this and WILL come to blows.
March 12, 2018 11:32am
its obviously a sauce
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March 23, 2018 1:35am
what is milk? the answer: delicious
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