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Beyond Meat substitute
weigand Posted at 2012/06/14 5:28pm reply to

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A company claims to have developed fake meat that can seriously fool regular meat eaters. Price is less than that of real meat (but still pretty high in my opinion) . They say it will have a nation-wide roll-out in another couple of months. Flavors will be chicken at first, then pork, fish, and beef...

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/meat-substitutes-tasty/story?id=16560226

- Steve
peter Posted at 2012/06/14 10:11pm reply to

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Yeah, this has been making the rounds for a while now. Not only were they in the New York Times, but also on NPR. I'm glad they're getting more coverage, and I'm looking forward to trying it.
UTexasMark Posted at 2012/06/15 10:31am reply to

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They're at Whole Foods in California.  I'm hoping we get to try it here sometime soon.  Maybe Rabbit Food or Whole Foods will make us the next market.
Jacob Posted at 2012/06/18 11:57am reply to

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That is interesting, but I think if I tried it, I would get nightmares for at least a week.
Jessica. Posted at 2012/06/18 6:29pm reply to

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It sounds like they're working with prepared foods departments for now. They say the packaged product is coming soon, so we'll have to wait and see!
Josh xvx Topic Posted at 2012/06/19 7:42am reply to

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so stoked on this. not a staple item but it will be a nice treat addition to meals once in awhile.
Ms_Zahra Posted at 2012/06/26 12:52pm reply to

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I think this would be great if cooking for a group of meat eaters and you want to all eat the same meal, however, I don't think I would go out of my way to eat fake meat that tastes like real meat.  Like Jacob said, I think it would give me nightmares!
Josh xvx Topic Posted at 2013/03/03 4:41pm reply to

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finally had this last week. I think it was too hyped up. It's good and better than most mock chicken but it doesn't even come close to comparing to delight soy. If you liked white meat than this is for you but it was a little too dry for me.
UTexasMark Posted at 2013/04/04 9:49pm reply to

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I just bought some at Whole Foods (it's at least at the one off William Cannon).  I really like it.
Ross Posted at 2013/04/04 11:37pm reply to

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ordered a couple packages from rabbit food tonight. looking forward to tryin it out
dangillotte Posted at 2013/04/05 5:22pm reply to

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We've got this at Wheatsville now!
Not Wes Posted at 2013/04/06 6:39pm reply to

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I picked up a couple packages of it from Rabbit Food Grocery last night. I'm thinking one is going into gumbo & the other on single chip nachos.
kayla Posted at 2013/04/09 8:54am reply to

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I really like it! I heated some up and put it in a salad and it was great. It may be a bit dry, but it's not super oily which is a bigger deal for me.
KatieB Posted at 2013/04/10 10:25am reply to

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Wheatsville carries it now. I made it last night and I didn't love the flavor (I made the Southwest flavor sauteed with peppers, onions, and asparagus, with Spanish rice) but my omnivore husband DID. He told me that if he didn't know it was vegan, I could have fooled him into thinking it was chicken. Maybe I didn't love it because I haven't eaten chickens in two years and it was too realistic...I don't know
Not Wes Posted at 2013/04/10 2:40pm reply to

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I noticed the package says something about not overcooking it. I tried it straight out of the package & it seemed like a decent fake chicken. So far I've only cooked it in gumbo & it has a very pronounced pea protein flavor like a gemma protein shake. I'm assuming this is somehow caused by prolonged simmering. I will reserve the rest for cold salads/wraps & continue to use Soy Curls for stews/curries. I doubt this would fool anyone in a blind taste test, which is how Bittman originally hyped it up. Knowing the vegan internet, I knew to curb my expectations. It's a good meat substitute, but not in all poultry applications.
UTexasMark Posted at 2013/04/10 3:30pm reply to

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Apparently I've been eating fake meats too long.  I slightly prefer the texture of Gardein and other fake meats to the tougher (I guess more realistic) Beyond Meat.

I still liked it, but it's very filling.  I'll have to eat less next time.
jen Posted at 2013/04/20 10:34am reply to

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does anyone else think it tastes like bologna?
Not Wes Posted at 2013/05/05 2:00pm reply to

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I finally tried it on nachos by quickly broiling them in the oven & I enjoyed it much more prepared that way. A little salsa and avocado was enough to mask the pea protein flavor. I know some people don't mind a little pea-ness in their mouth, but I find it really distracting.
Ross Posted at 2013/05/06 8:19am reply to

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So I just sauteed it up with some onions for tacos and it's definitely the closest vegan thing I've tasted to grilled chicken. I didn't really taste the pea protein flavor or the dryness, it seemed pretty awesome to me.
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