Introducing: The VeganEgg

The new VeganEgg from Follow Your Heart
The new VeganEgg from Follow Your Heart - it looks (and tastes!) just like real eggs!.

What is the VeganEgg?

Before we go any further, let me unequivocally state, no, eggs are not vegan, and there is some debate as to whether or not eggs can be considered vegetarian. This vegan egg is not actually an egg, but it is actually vegan!

That being said, check out the new vegan egg!

I knew before even trying the vegan egg that I would like it. Why? Two reasons: One, it comes from the fine folks at Follow Your Heart, who are still the producers of my personal favorite vegan mayonnaise, and, while the options for a vegan cheese alternative have grown by leaps and bounds, for a long, long time, Follow Your Heart's vegan cheese was one of the only truly vegan and truly tasty options.

Like, back in 1999, before the word vegan was a household term. And two, because it's been ten years in development.

Let that sink in for a while. Some food scientists spent ten years perfecting this product. After five years, they weren't satisfied that they had created the perfect vegan egg, and even after nine and a half years, they still weren't satisfied (nor did they give up!). Imagine if you had begun studying Mandarin or learning to play the guitar all day every day ten years ago...how good would you be now? Pretty darn good, right? Exactly. 

The VeganEgg is made from algal flour, which is made from microalgae, and is, according to some business and food trend speculators, a future food which will burst on to the food scene - and our plates - by storm in the next few years and start showing up everywhere and in everything, much like quinoa and the gluten-free trend did a few years back.

And, of course, both the VeganEgg and algal flour itself gluten-free, vegan, allergen-free, soy-free and all that good stuff. 

Need another reason to love the VeganEgg? We all know by now that eating vegetarian and preferably vegan is one of the best decisions you can make for your own health and for the future of our planet, but check out this fact: Follow Your Heart can produce 100 VeganEggs with the same amount of water used to produce just one chicken egg.

Oh, and did I mention the entire production facility is almost entirely powered by solar energy?

How to Use the Vegan Egg

While the box suggests using the VeganEgg to make scrambled eggs, this is only a small part of what it can be used for. Their website has a few recipe suggestions, like a nice looking quiche. Check this space again shortly to see what other things I end up creating! I'm hoping to try the VeganEgg to make mini-frittatas (crustless quiches) next. 

How to cook the Vegan Egg to Make "Scrambled Eggs"

The basic instructions for how to cook the vegan egg are as follows, however, keep reading for my personal tips:

  • Whisk together two tablespoons of VeganEgg and 1/2 cup ice cold water
  • Pour into pre-heated and lightly oiled pan over medium-high heat (it should sizzle when it hits the pan)
  • Immediately start scrambling the mixture
  • Cook for about 6-8 minutes, season and eat!

The instructions say to whisk together two tablespoons of vegan egg and 1/2 cup ice cold water, however, in my experience, a bit more water will work better. I use closer to 2/3 cup. Another quick tip is that when the instructions say to immediately start scrambling, they really mean it! My first try with the vegan egg, I waited about 10 seconds before scrambling, and ended up with something more like an omelet, and tasted mediocre.

 

On my second try, I started scrambling as I was pouring the batter into the pan, and almost didn't stop. Worked like a charm. I also found that I didn't really need the fully 6-8 minutes until it looked done - more like 4-5 minutes.

So, how does the VeganEgg taste?

In a word - amazing! As you can see from the photo, it really is a dead ringer for scrambled eggs. The color and texture (so important yet underrated!) are spot on. Spot. On. Much, much more of a doppleganger than tofu scramble. And the taste? Pretty darn good. The VeganEgg tastes very different than tofu scramble, and tastes quite a bit like scrambled eggs. It definitely tastes "eggy".

With a bit of salt and pepper added to it, it took on a really powerful umami-like flavor, which made me want more. After my first taste test (and taking a few photos), I immediately whipped up a second batch.

Enough said. 

Where can I buy the vegan egg?

Right now, the Vegan Egg is available at Amazon.com nationwide. No word on why Whole Foods hasn't yet picked it up for nationwide distribution, but I've seen it at a few smaller local organic and co-op grocery stores. 

Any final words? 

Yes. Definitely add salt. And a bit of pepper. 

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