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 Post subject: Re: Earth Balance Tastes Weird Now
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 12:30 pm 
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YES! The regular Earth Balance has a strange seaweed taste to it, but the Whipped Earth Balance is still perfect. Just make sure you get the Whipped variety.
This. I (finally) used up the tub of funny-tasting regular stuff and bought whipped, and it's perfectly fine, yummy, and delicious.

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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 1:01 pm 
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This. I (finally) used up the tub of funny-tasting regular stuff and bought whipped, and it's perfectly fine, yummy, and delicious.


I've also found that the whipped stuff tastes fine, thank goodness!

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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 7:43 pm 
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I thought I'd give EB sticks a try (hoping it was just the tub that was gross) but nope...I now have sim-Toll House FISH cookie bars. So gross. In fact, as soon as I took them out of the oven, the whole house stunk like the pier.
I have sent a strongly worded letter to Earth Balance. Unacceptable!


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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 10:33 am 
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Dammit. I admit, I thought maybe everyone was just being overly sensitive about the alleged weird-tasting EB, but I have now experienced it for myself, and I am bummed. It's not just a fishiness - there's also a distinctively plastic-y taste to the last two tubs of regular EB I've had.

I guess I'll be making my own vegan butter from now on. Oh well.

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 11:42 am 
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I'm glad those vegan butter recipes exist, but I know quite a few omnis who use EB too, and they will just go back to dairy butter. And, damnit, I don't want to make my own butter.


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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 5:25 pm 
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I have no plans to make my own butter. Just buy the whipped kind; it's still perfect!

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 Post subject: Re: Earth Balance Tastes Weird Now
PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 5:31 pm 
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The whipped kind can't be used the same way for baking, I thought.

I've been making my own butter. It takes 10 minutes and is really easy and tasty! It tastes worlds better than EB ever did, in my opinion.


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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 5:53 pm 
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the whipped can be used for baking, but it needs to be measured by weight. 8 oz=1 cup of non-whipped butter. (if someone has a scale and some whipped, can you measure some out and tell us how much volume 8 oz equals? i'm assuming it's somewhere between 1 cup + 2 tbsp and 1 1/4 cup.)

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 8:16 pm 
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I will chime in hoping EB ditches the flax. We're big girls and boys, if we want flax oil we can find that by itself and buy it and even add it to our baked goods. I am so tired of food products trying to be all things to all people. It's like a plague among vegan foods right now that they must also be gluten-free, soy-free, superfood-enhanced, sprouted, fortified, etc. Enough!

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 8:24 pm 
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I do have the whipped now (which is great), but I want sticks for baking and frosting! Although the Tablespoons on those sticks were never labeled properly anyway, so it was always kind of a guessing game for me.


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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 8:24 pm 
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Are there any other decent vegan butters out there? When I first went vegan there was only Willow Run and Spectrum, and they both tasted pretty horrid.


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but willow run did make some amazing cookies. (it must have been the hydrogenation)

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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 9:55 am 
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Becel makes a vegan margarine but it is a soft spreadable type like the rest of their tubs.


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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 10:15 am 
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Becel makes a vegan margarine but it is a soft spreadable type like the rest of their tubs.

in the US, it's called promise, and they say there is dairy in all of them. :-(
http://www.makinglifebetter.com/brands/promise/faq.aspx

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 Post subject: Re: Earth Balance Tastes Weird Now
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 12:46 pm 
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It's definitely vegan - it says vegan right on the package and that would be a big booboo in our litigious society: http://www.becel.ca/en_ca/products/vegan.aspx

ETA - I am referring to the Becel of course, not the Promise. Can you not buy Becel in the US?


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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 2:03 pm 
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nope. unilever calls it promise in the US.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:52 am 
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And they don't have the vegan version like we have in Canada? That's so weird as there are ten times as many customers - not just vegans but people who can't or don't eat dairy. I wonder if it's to do with ingredient rules.


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 Post subject: Re: Earth Balance Tastes Weird Now
PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:08 am 
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i have no idea. maybe they didn't feel the need for competing with earth balance? (and they might be aware that vegans in the US are more likely to avoid trans-fats, so they probably don't want to even bother.)

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i have no idea. maybe they didn't feel the need for competing with earth balance? (and they might be aware that vegans in the US are more likely to avoid trans-fats, so they probably don't want to even bother.)


Trans fats are illegal in Canada, and I don't know what basis there is to believe that Canadians are less likely to avoid them, even if they were allowed there.

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Also, Earth Balance is widely available in Canada.

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i have no idea. maybe they didn't feel the need for competing with earth balance? (and they might be aware that vegans in the US are more likely to avoid trans-fats, so they probably don't want to even bother.)


Trans fats are illegal in Canada, and I don't know what basis there is to believe that Canadians are less likely to avoid them, even if they were allowed there.

maybe that's why i've heard more noise coming from americans.

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are people having issues with this still? I've luckily not had a problem (I've switched from tubs to bricks due to all the baking I do) and no fishy fishiness yet.

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I haven't really noticed much of a fishy taste until last night. I was making vegan hollandaise with The Vegg. Its pretty much just melted EB, vegg and lemon juice. all i could taste was fish, no matter how much more vegg or lemon I added. The fishiness just wouldn't go away, I had to toss it. I was super bummed to have wasted my precious vegg :(

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I just received an email from EB asking for a vote in the VegNews best of contest. I certainly can't vote for them because of this issue. This might be a good time to tell EB to switch back to the original recipe and maybe just make a dedicated flaxseed margarine if they still think it's such a great idea.


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i am so happy i thought to freeze 2 giant tubs from prior to the change. i just thought i was assisting myself with being lazy, but this reason is better.

p.s. i voted for miso mayo.

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