Member for 9y & 10mon
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.