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2 Vegan Alternatives to Shrimp Paste

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It’s difficult to find vegan substitutes for uncommon ingredients like shrimp paste. That leaves you with using alternative ingredients that are “close enough” to the taste and texture of it. There are 2 vegan pastes that have a similar flavor profile and texture. They won’t be perfect, but should do in a pinch (especially since shrimp paste isn’t usually too crucial of an ingredient). 1. Miso...

Vegan Alternatives to Ghee

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I’ve yet to see a “vegan ghee” sold in stores. That means that you’ll be left either making your own, or using a substitute. I’ll go over the most common options. 1. Use a Vegan “Butter” Instead There’s a reason that cooks use ghee instead of regular butter in the first place. Still, butter is an okay substitute if needed. There are plenty of vegan butters that you can find in stores...

Is Natural Butter Flavor Vegan?

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Natural butter flavor isn’t the most common ingredients, but I have seen it in some foods and recipes. Considering it’s supposed to be used when butter isn’t an option, that suggests that it might be vegan. While it depends on the brand, most natural butter flavor seems to contain: Alcohol, water & natural flavors For example, this butter extract on Amazon is made of “Water...

Is Lactase Enzyme Vegan?

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You’ll find lactase in medicine, multivitamins, and certain types of food. It’s a pretty common instinct to think that it’s not vegan, because it sounds like lactose, and we associate lactose with milk. However, most lactase is indeed vegan; let me explain. Lactase and Lactose Both these compounds are related. Lactose is a sugar that comes from dairy, it is indeed not vegan...

Is Fondant Icing Vegan?

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Fondant has a fairly short ingredients list: Sugar Water Gelatin Vegetable fat or shortening Glycerol Gelatin is never vegan. On top of that, shortening isn’t always vegan, and glycerol may or may not be vegan. So that’s a whole lot of reasons that let us conclude that fondant icing typically isn’t vegan. Vegan Alternatives to Fondant Icing Unfortunately, there’s almost a 0% chance...

Is Store-Bought Food Coloring Vegan?

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Food coloring is an umbrella term. Basically any ingredient (or mixture of ingredients) that changes the color of food when added is called food coloring. This means that there’s no single “food coloring,” so whether or not it’s vegan will have to be determined on a case by case basis. To make things more complicated, food dyes that you find in stores usually have a mixture of “natural” and...

Is Shortening Vegan? (Vegetable or Otherwise)

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There are all sorts of shortening products because “shortening” is just a general marketing term. It covers any type of fat that’s solid at room temperature and is typically used to make baked goods. Some shortening is mainly made of lard, suet, and butter, all of which come from animals and are not vegan. But the majority of shortening that you’ll find in stores today...

The 3 Best Vegan Alternatives to Worcestershire Sauce

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I’ve only accidently bought one non-vegan product since going vegan over 2 years ago now – worcestershire sauce. I didn’t look at the ingredients close enough and missed the anchovies. Since then I’ve learned that anchovies are a staple ingredient in most worcestershire sauces. However, there are alternatives for us vegans. Some are store-bought, look for worcestershire sauce...

Are the Enzymes in Bread Vegan?

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Look at the ingredients label for most commercial breads and you’ll see it… Enzymes. Enzymes can be derived from either plant or animal sources. If you want to be 100% sure that a particular bread is vegan, you’ll have to contact the manufacturer. However, in the case of bread, I think most vegans will find it acceptable to assume that the enzymes are vegan. The Majority of Enzymes in...

Is Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate Vegan?

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Sodium stearoyl lactylate isn’t the most well-known ingredient, but once you start reading ingredient labels, you’ll see it everywhere. It’s used as an emulsifier (to encourage mixing), a foaming agent (creates bubbles), and can strengthen dough as well. You’ll find it in everything from baked goods to whipped cream when it comes to food, and in a lot of beauty products. What’s Sodium...