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Do Dry Beans Go Bad?

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Short answer: Yes, dry beans go bad, it just takes a long time. Longer answer…If you’re storing beans in a reasonable location (dry, sealed off), dry beans are unlikely to get moldy, even after years. It is possible, so check for any weird looking beans before cooking them. The issue is that over time, dried beans become harder to cook. The older dry beans are, the longer they take to...

Are Wendy’s French Fries Vegan?

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The answer to this question depends on how strict of a vegan you are. That might sound weird, but it’s pretty clear when we look at the nutritional information and ingredients for fries at Wendy’s: Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Contains One Or More Of The Following Oils: Canola, Soybean, Cottonseed, Sunflower, Corn), Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (To Maintain Natural Color). Cooked...

Is Burger King’s Veggie Burger Patty Vegan?

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I’ve already written about whether or not Burger King’s french fries are vegan, but what about their veggie patty? Here’s a PDF with nutrition and ingredient information for all Burger King products. If we scroll down to the “Veggie Burger Patty” section, here’s the full ingredient list that we see: Vegetables (Mushrooms, Water Chestnuts, Onions, Carrots, Green...

Are Burger King Fries Vegan?

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At most places, fries are usually a safe vegan option. But at fast food restaurants like Burger King and McDonald’s, it doesn’t hurt to double-check. French fries at Burger King, contain over 10 ingredients. Here’s the full list that we need to examine: Potatoes, Soybean Oil or Canola and Palm Oil, Modified Potato Starch, Rice Flour, Potato Dextrin, Salt, Leavening (Disodium...

Is Smart Balance Vegan?

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We’ve got a few things to look at here. The short answer is that all Smart Balance spreads appear to contain palm oil, which makes them not vegan friendly. While technically that allows a few of their products to pass certification standards and put the little vegan symbol on them, many ethical vegans do not eat palm oil. You can probably stop reading there. But let’s say you’re one of the few...

The 3 Best Agar Agar Substitutes

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Agar agar is a gelling agent derived from seaweed used mainly in vegan recipes to replace gelatin. It’s fairly easy to find now, but if you don’t have it on hand for a recipe, there are a few alternatives. The best alternatives at this point are xantham gum and guar gum. You can substitute these in a 1:1 ratio (e.g. 1 tbsp of either gum for 1 tbsp of agar agar). It won’t give...

Are Raw Cashews Poisonous?

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At one point I read that raw cashews were poisonous and rightfully got concerned about it. After all, I’ve been eating “raw” cashews for years. Turns out that the cashews you buy from stores aren’t actually raw. They are not poisonous in any way. The source of this confusion is that raw cashew plants have an outer shell (called a cashew apple) that is actually poisonous...

Can Vegans Eat Peanut Butter?

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“Real” peanut butter literally only consists of peanuts ground up, maybe with a little salt added. That type of peanut butter is always vegan-friendly. When it comes to the cheaper peanut butters with other added ingredients that you find in grocery stores, most are vegan, but some aren’t. Let’s go through an example to root out trouble ingredients to look out for. First...

Is Teriyaki Sauce Usually Vegan?

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Ideally, you check the ingredients on the label, or ask the restaurant if their teriyaki sauce is vegan. However, if that’s not possible for some reason, it’s usually safe to assume that teriyaki sauce is vegan. The main ingredients of a typical teriyaki sauce are: Soy sauce Sugar Ginger Garlic (optional) Sake (optional) – This isn’t common in “Western”...

Is Lo Mein Vegan?

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While there are vegan versions of lo mein that you can make, typical lo mein is not vegan. The noodles in traditional lo mein are egg noodles, which of course have eggs in them. So it’s already not vegan, before you consider any other ingredient. Usually lo mein also contains vegetables and some sort of meat. Obviously the ones with meat are not vegan. There’s plenty of Asian food...