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The 4 Best Vegan Butter Substitutes for Baking

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Vegan substitutes keep improving. Milk and eggs are easy to find vegan alternatives for. And it turns out that butter is fairly easy too. Think about what butter adds to a recipe, and that will lead you to the substitutions. It mainly adds 2 things: flavor and texture, both of which are mainly a result of its fat content. That’s why the best vegan butter substitutes are...

What To Do With Leftover Non-Vegan Food: 3 Options

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While it’s not extremely common, you might be in charge of the food at an event, which will likely include some non-vegan food. And while I wish I could give you some clever solution to all of these situations, it doesn’t exist. Really, there are 3 options that you have, pick the one that seems the best for your situation. 1. Donate It To The Less Fortunate The best solution is to give the non...

Does Vegan Cheese Melt? [Experiment + Pictures]

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Vegan cheese, also referred to as “Gary”, can be a strange thing if you’re not used to it. The taste isn’t quite as good as “real” cheese still, but it’s come a long way in recent years. Similarly, while vegan cheese even a few years ago melted really poorly, it’s improved. To give a look at what to expect, I made a few vegan grilled cheese...

Vegan Substitutes for Whipping Cream: 2 Good Options

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I’ve tried to whip up many vegan heavy cream substitutes since going vegan, and most don’t work, or don’t work well. The only vegan alternatives that actually whip up well are coconut cream and aquafaba. I’ll go over how to whip each effectively, and how the results compare to actual whipped cream. Using Coconut Cream as a Whipping Cream Substitute This is the ideal...

Making Aquafaba From Beans Other Than Chickpeas? [Experiment]

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I, like you, wondered why do aquafaba recipes always call for the liquid from a can of chickpeas. Why not lentils? Or white beans? After all, all legumes seem to produce that foam at the top when you cook them. This is because they all contain saponins, which is a main part of that chickpea (or other bean) foam. So, I tested whipping up the liquid from a few other types of legumes. I...

The ONLY Vegan Substitute for Coconut Cream That Whips Up

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Almost every recipe that calls for coconut cream needs it so you can make a vegan version of whipped cream. That makes it pretty special, because most other vegan heavy cream substitutes do not whip up at all or very well. If at all possible, use coconut cream (the thick part of refrigerated canned coconut milk). But if you can’t, there’s one other option – aquafaba. How to...

The 5 Best Vegan Heavy Cream Substitutes

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Whether you’re vegan or just lactose intolerant, heavy cream might not be an option for your diet when cooking. Unfortunately, there’s no perfect replacement you can buy in stores. You can use one of Silk’s creamers as a decent substitute, but it’s really intended as a coffee creamer, and not a heavy cream. Alternatively, there are quite a few substitutes...

The Best Vegan Egg Substitute for Breading: I Tested 3

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Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy many of the same breaded foods you did before. Although it won’t be the exact same. None of these are perfect substitutes for eggs in breading, but most do a pretty good job. Some people actually prefer them. I did my research, and there were 3 breading substitutes for vegans that kept being recommended. So, I tested these 3...

Cruelty-Free and Bone Char-Free Sugar Brands in 2020 [Vegan]

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Yes, some white sugar still has bone char, even though there are cruelty-free ion exchange alternatives. Many large sugar companies have made the switch, but a few are lagging behind. So while it’s not too hard to find bone char-free sugar, it’s good to know which brands to look for. Quick reminder: Bone char is only a worry for non-organic white and brown sugar, made from...

Is Being Vegan Expensive?

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Many people, both vegans and non-vegans, see expensive specialty vegan food, and assume that being vegan has to be expensive. But nothing is further from the truth. In fact, most vegans find that they spend less on food after the initial transition period. At first, it makes sense to buy those pre-made foods for convenience, especially if you went vegan cold turkey. But when...