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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:59 pm 
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I've been trying various spreads that are in my local supermarket but am not loving anything I've found so far.
I remember trying Biona olive oil spread at a friends house vaguely recently and liking it. Attempted to pick some up at a health food store this afternoon, but realised that it was nearly five euro for a small tub!

Earth balance seems to be flavour of choice in the States, but it doesn't exist in these parts. Anyone have any tips on a suitable butter replacement? I've seen vitalite being mentioned, but I've not found it anywhere in or around Dublin.

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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:19 am 
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I like Vitalite because it's cheap, but there's also a brand called Pure that's not bad. I think it tastes a little bland, but that probably just means there's not enough salt in the grease :D

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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:52 am 
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My favourite is the Marks & Spencer Dairy Free Spread. I buy the low fat version for toast / sandwiches but I always have a tub of Vitalite or Sunflower Pure on hand for baking as low fat isn't great for that.

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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:04 am 
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Hello fellow dubliner!

I generally use the Pure Soya spread, because it's the most widely available in supermarkets etc. I did find Vitalite here before, I think in a Dunnes, but haven't seen it recently, and I've been keeping an eye out! If I spot it, I'll let you know where. It has a kind of 'fake buttery' flavour, as opposed to the blandness of Pure.

I think Gulliver is right about the saltiness - whenever I use Pure to make garlic bread or something, I end up adding a bit of salt.


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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:29 am 
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Aloha Tigerpants!

Thanks guys, I might try out a tub of Pure then, bearing the salt thing in mind. I know that my local shops have the sunflower and soya versions, which is nice. I'm finding this whole process of replacing dairy quite tough tbh. Having more hits than misses, it seems, as I find things that work for my tastebuds and pocket at the same time.

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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
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I love vitalite but can't really help with advice of where to get it in Dublin. I think it has more taste than most butter alternatives. I love it on toast/ crumpets/ in baking etc and it's on offer quite often in supermarkets.


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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
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Aloha!

Is there anything else you are particularly missing? We might be able to suggest alternatives. Pure is not that buttery, but I got used to it relatively quickly - although I tend to go for pure and marmite on toast, rather than just pure, or pure and nutritional yeast, with a sprinkle of salt.


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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:12 pm 
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I want something that's a little bit versatile so that I can bake with it and spread it on toasted bready things. I don't eat spread on sandwiches, which makes things a little easier. Is there much of a difference between the Pure sunflower and soya?

Also many thanks for letting me squeeze your brains on this. I've been replacing meat and eggs without too much hassle (vegans really do have the best baked goods) but I'm falling down entirely on dairy.

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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
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I don't notice much of a difference between the different versions of pure, to be honest, they are all a bit margarine-y - I just got used to them, I guess, I used to eat real butter, but found that an easy enough switch. It (pure) seems okay in baking to me, and melts quite well on toast - some of the healthfood shop versions seem to separate into oil and water when they melt, which is a little off putting!


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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
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Urgh! I really don't want my spread splitting like that. Very unappealing!
I've never been a fan of dairy spread-in-a-tub. It was always big block of butter or nothing.

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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
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Vitalite is my favourite but Sainsbury's free from spread isn't bad either.

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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
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Next time I'm north of the border I'll have to grab a couple of tubs of vitalite to keep me going.

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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
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Stork hard margarine on toast is surprisingly tasty. i found out by surprise a few months ago when we were all out of tub margarine.

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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:39 am 
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Someone a while ago did a review of what spread to use when. Going to go find it!

[didn't take long...]

It was the Iced Gem Bakery!

Have a look!

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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:31 am 
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Argh, damn Vitalite!


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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
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Can you convince any local health food shops to order some in for you? It keeps forever!

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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
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Just remembered this: when Vitalite changed the shape of their tubs from frisbee-shaped to the current shape, me and my housemate drunkenly emailed them saying that we liked the round ones better... I think we said we liked how well they tessellated (which doesn't make sense...). They sent us a money off voucher each.

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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
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Gulliver wrote:
Just remembered this: when Vitalite changed the shape of their tubs from frisbee-shaped to the current shape, me and my housemate drunkenly emailed them saying that we liked the round ones better... I think we said we liked how well they tessellated (which doesn't make sense...). They sent us a money off voucher each.

haha, that's awesome.

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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
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Rachwins wrote:
Someone a while ago did a review of what spread to use when. Going to go find it!

[didn't take long...]

It was the Iced Gem Bakery!

Have a look!


Ah! Score!
Defo gonna stock up on vitalite after new years. Until then I'll make do with sunflower pure, which is going down pretty well here at the moment.

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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
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I just wanted to second the suggestion re: M&S dairy free sunflower spread - only about £1.27 a tub I think. Vitalite is tasty, and usually cheaper, but if you can't find it the M&S is a good alternative :)


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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
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I finally found Vitalite! I've been looking for the round tubs. No wonder I could never find it!


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 Post subject: Re: Spready goodness
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Just don't try to heat up the M+S one. It is utterly gross when you do. I quite liked it on toast but I need an all rounder.

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