We all know how hard becoming a vegan can be, especially in Australia. Most Vegan cookbooks are from the US and ingredients are listed by brand rather than product a lot of the time. In Australia not many products are labelled as "VEGAN", so a lot of label reading has to be done and unless you know almost every non vegan food additive you are bound to make a few mistakes along the way.
Being Vegan isn't a competition and i'm not the vegan police but just remember to be the best vegan you can be.
So, my lovely vegan friends I shall list you my top vegan items.
Number One and by far the best source of vegan "milk" is BONSOY.
If you're really lucky your local cafe will make you a delicious soy latte with this stuff. Tastes nothing like it's nutty counterparts and doesn't leave that weird coating in your mouth. Can be used in all kinds of baking or just enjoy a glass with a nice choc chip cookie.
Number Two and an essential to every VEGAN kitchen is the non dairy spread, NUTTELEX.
Also gluten free, soy free and nut free. Perfect for baking or just spreading on some toast. Nuttelex has a few different varieties - Original, Lite, Kosher, Olive and Pulse. All of which are found easily in the cold food aisle near butter and milk.
Number Three will satisfy your VEGAN sweet tooth. SWEET WILLIAM are a dairy free, VEGAN friendly company intent on saving all our VEGAN treat cravings. They come in Bars, Spreads, Blocks, Multi Packs, Cooking Chocolate and even Easter Bunnies and Eggs.
SWEET WILLIAM are also Dairy, Nut and Gluten Free, Kosher and Halal. Available at most national supermarket brands and found in the health food aisle.
My personal favourite is the cooking chocolate. Perfect for making cookies with.
Number Four is perfect for making those delicious "cheese" sauces in Lasagne, Macaroni Cheez, Pasta, Casseroles, Nachos and Gravy. SAVOURY YEAST, not to be confused with Brewer's Yeast, is packed full of those wonderful B Vitamins and gives a delicious savoury cheese flavour without the cholesterol. This is usually found in Health Food Stores in the Yeast section.
Number Five is a delicious treat used in a lot of my baking. MAPLE SYRUP comes in pure or imitation form. I use the PURE on pancakes and pikelets and the IMITATION in cooking, especially when a recipe calls for 1/2 cup or more. Pure MAPLE SYRUP is expensive but it's imitation tastes just the same in baking, so save the good stuff for topping crepes and waffles.
Maple Syrup can be found in the baking aisle near golden syrup and treacle.
Of course there are plenty more VEGAN Essentials but these are the items that i use on a weekly basis and are an important part of all my cooking. I hope this helps you find brands in your local store and even if you aren't Vegan these are all still great products to use in your cooking.
Coming up on the next installment of VEGAN HELP-
Stace's favourite VEGAN cookbooks.