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Figuring out food facts

Local woman nails annual ingredients contest for third time

Local woman nails annual ingredients contest for third time

October 18, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

CLEAR SPRING - Persistence and a familiarity with food ingredients once again prevailed for Washington County resident June Bishop.

This is the third time Bishop has gotten all 10 answers in the annual Herald-Mail ingredients contest correct and the second time she's won.

The first year her name wasn't drawn to break a tie. Last year she was the only person to get all 10 answers right, and this year her name was drawn to break a tie.

Last year Bishop used her $50 in winnings to take her family out to dinner and said she'll probably do the same this year with her $50 prize. Most likely she and her husband, Rocky, will go to Red Lobster or Outback Steakhouse.

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Eight people entered this year's contest, with two people getting all 10 answers correct. The other finalist was Tom West, a food scientist who lives in West Roxbury, Mass. West was given a copy of the contest by a co-worker who found it online.

Bishop, 49, who lives east of Clear Spring, didn't think she would have time to research product labels to compete in the contest this year because she had been sick.

But she recovered and went to a different local grocery store after work every day for four days to spend an hour checking product labels.

This year's contest listed ingredients for products found in this writer's kitchen.

The one that gave her the most trouble? "That stupid gnocchi. That was horrible. Every year there's one that stumps me, and that was the one this year. I kept thinking frozen fries," she said.

But the ingredient list included dehydrated powdered spinach because it was Bellino potato gnocchi with spinach.

Finding 10 items out of everything in a grocery store gave her brain a workout, Bishop said.

Bishop said the Old Bay Seasoning was the easiest. Between the writer's clue and her job at Deli-licious in Williamsport, that one was answered quickly.

The writer's clue was that one of the products was something no respectable Eastern Shore resident would be caught without in the kitchen.

And now for the answers to the ingredients contest

1. Lemon-Lime Gatorade: Water, sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, citric acid, natural lemon and lime flavors with other natural flavors, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, ester gum, yellow 5.

2. Pistachio-flavored Jell-O Instant Pudding & Pie Filling: Sugar; modified food starch; almonds; contains less than 2 percent of pistachio nuts; artificial flavor; salt; disodium phosphate and tetrasodium pyrophosphate (for thickening); mono- and diglycerides (prevent foaming); yellow 5; blue 1; yellow 6; artificial color; BHA, TBHQ and citric acid (preservatives).

3. Old Bay Seasoning: Celery salt (salt, celery seed), spices - including mustard, red pepper, black pepper, bay (Laurel) leaves, cloves, allspice (pimento), ginger, mace, cardamom and cinnamon - and paprika.

4. Lipton Cup-a-Soup Tomato with Croutons: Tomatoes (dehydrated), maltodextrin, sugar, modified potato starch, croutons (wheat flour, palm oil, salt, yeast, calcium propionate, rosemary extracts), salt, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, monosodium glutamate, onion powder, sodium pyrophosphate, garlic powder, chives (dehydrated), lactose (milk), citric acid, sodium caseinate, natural flavors and red No. 40.

5. ReaLemon Lemon Juice: Lemon juice from concentrate (water, concentrated lemon juice), sodium benzoate, sodium metabisulfite and sodium sulfite (preservatives) and lemon oil.

6. Tasty Bite All Natural/Vegan Bombay Potatoes: Water, potatoes, chick peas, tomatoes, onions, sunflower oil, salt, ginger, garlic, cornstarch, coriander, chilies, cumin, herbs and spices.

7. Rosemary & Olive Oil Triscuits: Whole wheat, soybean oil, maltodextrin, salt, monoglycerides, rosemary, monosodium glutamate (flavor enhancer), onion powder, spices, olive oil, spice extracts and natural flavor.

8. Edy's Fruit Bars, strawberry: Water, strawberries, sugar, carob bean gum, natural flavors, guar gum, citric acid, color (beet juice extract, turmeric color) and ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

9. Bellino potato gnocchi with spinach: Mashed potatoes 70 percent (water, dehydrated potatoes), potato starch, wheat flour, dehydrated powdered spinach, salt, spices, flavorings, dusted with rice flour, lactic acid and potassium sorbate (as a preservative).

10. Slim Jim, mild: Beef, mechanically separated chicken, water, salt, corn syrup, dextrose, flavorings, spice, paprika, hydrolyzed corn gluten, soy and wheat gluten proteins, sodium nitrite and lactic acid starter culture.

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