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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 you 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 not as good as the ones you can make yourself. Alternatively, there are quite a few substitutes you can make yourself...

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...

Dried Beans to Canned Beans Conversion

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Buying and cooking dried beans is about as cheap as food gets (particularly for vegans). 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...

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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Being a chef is probably the most obvious vegan career idea. Unfortunately, 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...

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...