Can you think of anything that hasn't got a vegan version?

lion

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I was thinking with all the great vegan versions of products - cheese, meat, cakes, marshmellows, jelly and so forth, there's really not any reason for somebody to not go vegan purely because they'll miss a product.

Is there even anything that hasn't got a vegan version? :) I'm curious.
 

Connie

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Whilst there are many vegan versions of things, I think it is the taste that is the issue.

Cheese is probably the best example. I have yet to find any vegan cheese that tastes even vaguely like some of my favourite cheeses. Mature Cheddar is the most obvious example, but I also used to use a lot of Comte, Jarlsberg, Capricorn Goat's Brie just to name one or two examples. I make homemade cashew nut cheese and can change the flavour by using different probiotics and by changing how long I age the cheese, but the favours are not the same. It also really does not melt the same way even when making 'melting' versions using Xantham gum etc.

I do now have a new book to try to experiment more with - not that I don't already do a lot of that. It is "The Non-Dairy Evolution Cookbook" by Skye Michael Conroy (ISBN 1499590423) and I am hoping to be able to come up with a good version of buttermilk for my Irish soda bread which I miss.

But I do agree that there are few reasons, if any, for not being a dietary vegan if the argument is simply 'what can't be replaced' and just because I miss it. (Incidentally, bacon has never been a 'thing' for me. I never really was that in to it.)