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Dried Beans to Canned Beans Conversion

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Buying and cooking dried beans is about as cheap as food gets. Unfortunately, most recipes don’t give measurements in terms of dried beans. Instead, they list the amount of canned (and cooked) beans you’ll need. To make things more complicated, different legumes expand to different sizes when cooked. So, I did some experimenting to figure out how to convert an amount of canned beans to dried...

The Best Vegan Comfort Food to Eat When Sick

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The best food when you’re sick is somewhat bland, but also tastes good. It’s a tough combination, and even tougher when you’re vegan. But you still have quite a few options. I’ve collected a bunch here, in no particular order. Soup! Soup is an amazing food when you’re sick. It goes down easy, and helps you stay hydrated. You can easily find vegan soups at most stores. Look for Amy’s...

The 4 Best Vegan Substitutes for Evaporated Milk

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Evaporated milk is a versatile ingredient for any cook. And while vegans obviously don’t eat (or drink I suppose) it, there are plenty of alternatives that give you a similar result. Essentially, any non-dairy milk can be used in its place, you just might need to boil it lightly for a few minutes to thicken it to a similar consistency as evaporated milk (that’s how evaporated milk is made in the...

How to Cater For Vegans (And Not F*ck it Up)

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Vegans don’t eat anything that came from, or involved, an animal. It sounds simple, but if you’re not vegan, you can easily end up serving them animal products without even realizing it (they’re hidden everywhere). To make things more complicated, different vegans have different personal definitions of what veganism is. For example, some consider palm oil to be vegan, and some don’t. So...

Can a Vegan Go to Culinary School?

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Vegans and culinary school don’t go well together. Most “standard” culinary schools will compromise a bit with vegan cooks. They still have to cook with animal products, but don’t have to taste them. That still sucks in my opinion. But as the demand for vegan chefs grows, there’s a slow shift in culinary schools happening. There aren’t too many options, but there are a few accredited...

How to Cook Beyond Burgers in the Oven

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Beyond Burgers are typically fried, but if that’s not an option for some reason, you can certainly cook them in the oven. I bought a bunch of them recently and experimented with this in order to find the ideal cooking temperature and time. The general procedure is simple: Preheat your oven to 400F Put thawed Beyond Burgers on a cooking tray (no oil needed) Cook for 12-15 minutes (or until an...

4 Great Vegan Grilling and Barbecue Cookbooks

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There isn’t a huge selection of grilling cookbooks for vegans to choose from, but I have come across some. I’ve even found a few in my local library, worth trying if you live in a big city. Here are the 4 best vegan grilling cookbooks in my opinion.  I’ll give you a quick summary of what you’ll find in each book, and why one book may be a better choice than the others for you. Best...

Cruelty-Free and Bone Char-Free Sugar Brands in 2019 [Vegan Friendly]

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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 Molasses Vegan? Here’s What You Need to Know…

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The short answer is that yes, molasses is typically vegan, but isn’t always. But there’s one aspect of molasses manufacturing that you might not consider vegan. I’ll keep it as brief as possible, but you do need a bit of background information to understand why. How Molasses is Made The sugar products we use today have been made for hundreds of years by boiling and...

Can Ground Flax Go Bad?

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As I’ve recently experienced first hand, yes it can. But it’s not always easy to notice. Because you’re likely only eating a tablespoon or two at a time, eating rancid flax typically won’t cause more than mild stomach issues. How to Tell If Ground Flax is Expired There are really only 2 ways to tell if it’s gone bad: Smell – This is the most reliable way. If it smells weird (almost...