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19 minutes ago, grounded_dreams said:

Looking for some advise if that is alright, I've always taken a Holland & Barrett multivitamin since going vegan to just top up anything which I may be missing. I'm running out on the one I've always taken and checked and they have discontinued it, now the only vegan version similar to mine  is a High Strength option which I don't really need, plus its more expensive.

Looking at what else they have, I found this one which states its suitable for vegetarians, I tried having a look over the Ingredient and its all rather confusing but can't see what makes it not vegan friendly. Anyone have any idea?

 

The list of the vegetarians version Ingredients:

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Bulking Agents (Calcium Carbonate, Microcrystalline Cellulose), Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid), Corn Starch, Niacin (Nicotinamide), Vitamin E (d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acid Succinate), Vitamin A (Retinyl Acetate), Pantothenic Acid (d-Calcium Pantothenate), Maltodextrin, Glazing Agents (Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA), Carnauba Wax), Anti-Caking Agents (Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Tricalcium Phosphate), Stabiliser (Cross-Linked Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose), Thickeners (Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose), Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol), Vitamin K (Phytomenadione), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B1 (Thiamin Mononitrate), Folic Acid (Pteroylmonoglutamic Acid), Antioxidant (L-Tartaric Acid), Biotin (d-Biotin), Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin).

 

Or if Holland and Barrett do another type which is friendly that anyone can recommend at all, as I get a discount from them? 

Magnesium Stearate may not be vegan. There are vegan sources, but there are non-vegan ones too. Stopped checking there but there may be others.

 

Are you sure you need supplements? In a different thread (I can't remember which) someone posted a list of what was worth taking (assuming a reasonably balanced diet), and the only thing I think I recall maybe needing is Vitamin D, and I can't say I notice any difference now I'm taking it (although it's meant to be good for the immune system, so I'm going to carry on, cos I still haven't caught anything).

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Has anyone tried Dug potato milk yet? I saw some people on facebook raving about it so I gave it a go and it was an absolute revelation. If you've ever tried a plant based milk substitute and thought "yeah, this is ok but it's missing that all important flavour of sugary potatoes", give this a go. You won't be disappointed.

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I got a carton of a new Alpro one reduced on its use-by-date - called This Is Not Milk. Put it this way - I won't be calling Advertising Standards over that. It is apparently oat milk, with some pea protein. It didn't taste of oats particularly, and could possibly have been nice if wasn't so sweet. It was about half-way to a vanilla milkshake. Luckily it cost me 20p, so I didn't mind pouring it down the sink.

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I quite like that one, actually (the blue one) and it's now my preferred choice on the weekly shop.

 

Speaking of shopping, we have a new alt cheese contender that I'll be on the lookout for.

 

https://www.cathedralcity.co.uk/our-cheese/plant-based/

 

It's getting some good feedback, apparently possessing that sharpness that a lot of alt cheeses lack.

 

Just available at Tesco at the mo, I think.

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55 minutes ago, Reynard said:

I quite like that one, actually (the blue one) and it's now my preferred choice on the weekly shop.

 

Speaking of shopping, we have a new alt cheese contender that I'll be on the lookout for.

 

https://www.cathedralcity.co.uk/our-cheese/plant-based/

 

It's getting some good feedback, apparently possessing that sharpness that a lot of alt cheeses lack.

 

Just available at Tesco at the mo, I think.

Will look out for it when I next take a walk out to the large Tesco. The sharpness would be welcome. The "not tasting of Wotsits" is what I'm really after. But I live in hope...

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I've been trying in vain to track down the block of this stuff at a fair number of Tesco branches.

 

Got the sliced version from a large Tesco last night - they had the sliced and grated on the shelf and an empty space for the block.

 

Sliced was on Clubcard - 2 for £4. While £2 for a pack of sliced alt cheese seems reasonable, you do get fewer slices than other brands (6 versus the 10 of most others).

 

They call them 'large/for sandwiches' on the packet but, looking at the weight, the pack is only 150g, whereas I think most others are 200g.

 

So, in sliced form, definitely on the pricier end.

 

Just tried half a slice on its own....I don't know what that reddit post was referring to on the scent front, as it pretty much smelt like most other alt cheeses.

 

Eating-wise....pretty good. I wouldn't say it's massively sharper than other cheeses. Possibly if you eat a chunk of it rather than a slice, it's likely an accumulative effect.

 

Still had the background hum of fake cheese though.

 

My verdict: it's likely the best (better than, say, Violife's 'Epic Mature'), but it's not a world of difference and I'm unsure if it's worth the extra.

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Can suggest a nice cheap frozen multipack pie.  

Used to adore the Birds Eye Green Cuisine Meat-Free Chicken Pies (pack of four), but looks like are discontinued according to their website.  

The Tesco Plant Chef No Meat Pie (pack of four) was great, but all my local stores including an Extra haven't had them for the last few months.  

Tried the Sainburys Plant Pioneers No Steak Pies (pack of four) a while back and was not a fan, they may of improves recently. Marks and Spencers only do (a lovely but not cheap) mushroom pie but they are individual.  

The Linda McCartney's Meat Free Country Pies (pack of two), are quite bland.

 

Iceland don't seem to do any pies in their No Meat range. Nor do the Co-op in all the stores nearby.

I don't have a ASDA, Morrisons, Waitrose near me and places need to be walking distance.

 

Anyone have suggestions of a decent frozen pie that comes in a multipack range at all? Prefer not to do online delivery purely for a single item.

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On 21/09/2022 at 13:35, Reynard said:

I've been trying in vain to track down the block of this stuff at a fair number of Tesco branches.

 

Got the sliced version from a large Tesco last night - they had the sliced and grated on the shelf and an empty space for the block.

 

Sliced was on Clubcard - 2 for £4. While £2 for a pack of sliced alt cheese seems reasonable, you do get fewer slices than other brands (6 versus the 10 of most others).

 

They call them 'large/for sandwiches' on the packet but, looking at the weight, the pack is only 150g, whereas I think most others are 200g.

 

So, in sliced form, definitely on the pricier end.

 

Just tried half a slice on its own....I don't know what that reddit post was referring to on the scent front, as it pretty much smelt like most other alt cheeses.

 

Eating-wise....pretty good. I wouldn't say it's massively sharper than other cheeses. Possibly if you eat a chunk of it rather than a slice, it's likely an accumulative effect.

 

Still had the background hum of fake cheese though.

 

My verdict: it's likely the best (better than, say, Violife's 'Epic Mature'), but it's not a world of difference and I'm unsure if it's worth the extra.


I bought a block of this and blind tasted it against a block of mature cheddar and you could 100% pick out the vegan one, it's texture is just slightly powdery and there's a hint of that coconut based fake cheese taste to it.

 

The difference is very slight though, I can understand why people have been excited, it's much better than the Violife stuff.

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21 hours ago, grounded_dreams said:

Anyone have suggestions of a decent frozen pie that comes in a multipack range at all? Prefer not to do online delivery purely for a single item.

Can't help I'm afraid. The only pie I tend to eat is the one I make each year for Christmas. Usually mushrooms, chestnuts and leeks. It usually turns out nicely.

 

I say pie - it's often more of a huge pasty, because I just buy a sheet of ready made shortcrust, stick the filling on top of one half then fold it over and crimp the edges shut. Might look at doing a different filling this year to change things up a bit...

 

I've just thought - if I wanted to be lazy, I could buy a tin or two of something like veggie curry or chilli and chuck that in as the filling. Would take minutes... I might give that a test this week - I need something to accompany some bits I want to use up.

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1 hour ago, Gigga said:


I bought a block of this and blind tasted it against a block of mature cheddar and you could 100% pick out the vegan one, it's texture is just slightly powdery and there's a hint of that coconut based fake cheese taste to it.

 

The difference is very slight though, I can understand why people have been excited, it's much better than the Violife stuff.

 

Now that I've gotten over the initial (slight) disappointment and have gone through a full pack, I agree that it's definitely better than Violife and will be my go-to for sure (price permitting).

 

In other cheese news, the plant-based Babybel are really good and are currently on offer at Sainsburys: pack of 5 (not 6 like the others....vegan tax) for £1.50.

 

https://www.babybel.co.uk/cheese-snacks/babybel-plant-based/

 

I also bought the new Plant Chef 'Mature Cheddar' alternative, as it would be a well priced one at £2.20 for 200g if it's nice.

 

https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/311786247

 

It's decent, but is mild, not mature at all.

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On 25/09/2022 at 15:36, grounded_dreams said:

Can suggest a nice cheap frozen multipack pie.  

Not fake meat based but Sainsbury's do a frozen vegetable pie with a cheesy sauce that's quite nice considering they're only £2.50 ish for 4. It's located by the normal meat pies. Much nicer than all the other veggie pies. Not vegan though, if that's what you're after. The best part of all these pies is the lid though, isn't it?

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