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Fri Apr 4, 2014, 11:17 PM

Fake Meats, Finally, Taste Like Chicken

Last May, Whole Foods recalled two types of curried chicken salad that had been sold in some of its stores in the Northeast.

The retailer’s kitchens had accidentally confused a batch of “chick’n” salad made with a plant protein substitute with one made from real chicken, and reversed the labels.

Consumers buying the version labeled as having been made from actual chicken were instead eating vegetarian chicken salad — and thus inadvertently were exposed to soy and eggs, allergens that must be identified on labels under federal regulations.

“None of the customers apparently noticed the difference,” said Ethan Brown, founder and chief executive of Beyond Meat, which made the substitute in the product that was recalled.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/03/business/meat-alternatives-on-the-plate-and-in-the-portfolio.html?_r=0

It's a good read.

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Response to flvegan (Original post)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 11:27 PM

1. Excellent article.

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]K&R.



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Response to flvegan (Original post)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 11:28 PM

2. I actually liked Quorn products a lot better than supermarket chicken

which has always had an off flavor to me and a mushy texture. Quorn tastes more like chicken than chicken does.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 5, 2014, 09:27 AM

3. I love Quorn.

I wish they'd make a breakfast sausage substitute. I liked Morningstar Farms' sausage but their GMO soy gives me the creeps.

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Response to beac (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 5, 2014, 11:27 AM

4. I wish they made a vegan version.

I'd love to try it.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 5, 2014, 08:55 PM

6. I do wonder why they couldn't find/use a non-egg binder that would work just as well.

I do think that with veg'ism becoming more popular and "trendy" we long-timers will benefit with expanded choices (both vegetarian and vegan) in the coming years. In the meantime, try writing Quorn. They actually responded when I did.

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Response to beac (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 6, 2014, 10:59 AM

7. The morningstar farm list of ingredients on the package is pretty crazy.

I ate it once in a while when I was a vegetarian.

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Response to beac (Reply #3)

Mon May 26, 2014, 11:18 AM

9. Gardien is pretty good.

http://gardein.com/products/

I love their 7 Grain crispy tenders & my husband loves their sausage patties. I would like to try the fishless filet but it's not in my area yet.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 06:27 PM

8. That's because chicken is no longer made with chicken.

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Response to flvegan (Original post)

Sat Apr 5, 2014, 03:18 PM

5. Nobody, but NOBODY, beats Taiwan's Vegetarian Plus.

Well, Veat did. But they disappeared.

I almost cried.

All right, I cried.

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Response to byronius (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 9, 2014, 08:49 PM

10. Can you post a link

for that? I googled and can't find that brand-

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Response to JanMichael (Reply #10)

Tue Jun 10, 2014, 01:22 AM

11. Here you go. So good. I have to go to the Davis co-op for it, though.

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Response to JanMichael (Reply #10)

Tue Jun 10, 2014, 01:23 AM

12. The specific page --

http://www.vegetarian-plus.com/

It's still cycling -- maybe this link doesn't work. I'll check back.

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Response to byronius (Reply #12)

Tue Jun 10, 2014, 03:59 PM

13. you must have sent a lot of traffic there!

I can't get the specific link to come up- but, like you, will check back! Thanks for the referral- we are always on the lookout for something new to try

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Response to flvegan (Original post)

Sat Aug 2, 2014, 10:09 PM

14. We tried the grilled and the lightly seasoned chicken...

Sorry, this isn't the be all - end all holy grail of meat substitutes. It was okay, don't get me wrong, but wasn't amazing.

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