Categories: Vegan

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Matthew · November 27, 2008 at 1:24 pm

Sausages: Linda McCartney stuff is generally widely available, so that’s annoying/disappointing that you can’t get them in your local supermarket – even my local Spar sells the sausages! You should be able to find them if you hunt around in other supermarkets. If you can’t find them, there are a lot of other vegan sausages available. The two main brands are Redwood – http://www.redwoodfoods.co.uk and Fry’s – http://www.frys-special.com/Default.asp
Both of them do a range of different flavours and styles of vegan sausages and other products.

If you’re lucky, you can find these in some mainstream supermarkets (including Asda and Tesco), but if not, you will always be able to find at least some of them in Holland & Barrett, in Fresh & Wild (the organic supermarket chain) or an independent health food /organic shop. If you’re really unlucky and don’t have any of these near you, you can try mail order, or Redwood have a phone line: 01536 400557 to find your nearest stockist. Another unusual meat substitute is Yagga: http://www.yagga.co.uk/ but that’s not so widely available, and is quite pricey.

Cheeses: The same goes for dairy free ‘cheese’. Redwood do some, their brand is called ‘Cheezly’. Personally I prefer another brand, ‘Sheese’. Both should be stocked in health food shops like H&B, and Sheese is in some branches of Sainsbury’s, and again there’s a range of different flavours/styles and they do soft, spreadable versions as well as hard versions. yet another brand is Tofutti: http://www.tofutti.com/cheese.shtml They do slices and soft ‘cheeses’ too – again, H&B/health food shops might stock them.

You could also try making your own at home! Here’s a simple recipe:
Equal quantities (by weight) of vegan margarine and soya flour (you can also get soya flour in H&B or other health food shops)
Yeast extract to taste (e.g. Marmite)
Melt the marge in a saucepan, when melted, stir in the flour, mix well, and stir in yeast extract to taste. Put in a container and place in the fridge until cooled and set. It should produce a firm-ish but still spreadable consistency with a cheesy sort of taste. You can also flavour it by stirring in herbs, chilli powder, mustard, pepper, etc. It might sound weird but I like it! In fact I prefer it to the brands – it’s cheaper too.

From Matthew

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