The Guardian Organizes Vegan Food Taste Test!
The Guardian recently published a very thorough vegan taste test organized by food editor Susan Smillie. Noting the significant rise for the demand of plant-based foods, most notably with the 360% increase of veganism in Britain, it seemed to be a good time as any to sample some of the ready-made options out there.
While Smillie noted that plant-based options are not as “difficult – or joyless – as the old jokes imply”, she wanted to focus on convenient options and treats that exist. She writes:
“Cooking from scratch isn’t always practical. Whether you’re coming home from work late, are off to a barbeque, fancy a guilty treat, or if you’re just not a natural star in the kitchen, there ought to be good options for prepared vegan food.”
She enlisted the help of three taste testers, including long-time vegan Jill Wooster, Saoirse Christopherson, a recent vegan who converted from vegetarianism, and omnivore Felicity Cloake. They sampled everything from vegan burgers, steaks, cheeses, eggs, condiments, ice creams, milks, caramels, truffles, and more. The brands included Follow Your Heart, Oatly, Amy’s Kitchen, Mighty Bee, Tofurkey and many others.
While there were many triumphant successes, it was very interesting to see how three people could have such drastically different opinions on one product. On the overall outcome, Smillie stated:
“Once a grim and limited sector, vegan products are improving in range and quality, and some actually trumped the animal-derived originals.”
The most unanimously agreed upon category in this taste test were desserts, with cheese proving to be “better than expected”. The meat alternatives and the egg substitute, according to the panelists, could still use more work to be perfected. For the latter category, perhaps the “bleeding” Beyond Meat burger would have been a hit amongst the panelists?
To see the full review of all the products, follow this link. Don’t be surprised if reading the positive reviews and descriptions makes you want to do some experimenting on your own!
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