In Praise of Vegenaise. A Solar-Powered Egg-Free Alternative.


Image credit: Follow Your Heart

As an occasional meat eater who loves some fake meats, I can see the value in non-animal product alternatives to meat. But as I discussed in my post on the Vegan Zombie's taste for fake cheese, I've not had as much luck with dairy and egg replacements—with one big exception. Vegenaise.

It's tasty, it's consistent, and it's made with solar power too. What's not to like?As someone who has been publicly skeptical about the viability of a vegan world, I'm probably not the most likely advocate for an egg-free jarred mayonnaise. But leaving aside the fact (and it is a fact) that we should all be eating less meat, dairy and other animal products, I'm into vegenaise because it just tastes good.

I use it on sandwiches. I've used it to make dips. And—unlike my aforementioned experiences with vegan cheese (shudder)—I find it's a perfectly good substitute for anything that requires jarred mayonnaise. (Yes, I've used it to make a BLT. No, I didn't use fake bacon.) It doesn't, of course, hold a candle to a wobbly greeney-yellow serving of homemade aioli - but then what does?

Kristin has already raved about Follow Your Heart's ranch dressing, but otherwise TreeHugger has been remarkably silent on this pioneering green company. But even if you are not trying to eat further down the food chain, vegenaise and the Follow Your Heart brand are well worth supporting for anyone who believes in greener, more sustainable business. Here's just a little bit about their Earth Island® manufacturing facility:

In keeping with our mission and values, every effort was made to incorporate the maximum conservation of resources into the design of Earth Island®, including skylights, recycled carpeting, tankless hot water, energy efficient lighting systems, and environmentally friendly refrigeration. The crowning achievement of this focus however, is the solar panel array, or photovoltaic system, on our building's roof. The rooftop solar energy system is comprised of 756 solar panels, each capable of generating 150 watts, for a total of 113 kW (kilowatts). In addition to shading the building from the scorching Chatsworth sun, further reducing the need for cooling, the system is designed to supply 100% of our electrical energy needs. Earth Island® may be the first fully solar-powered food plant in the United States.

Now, if you'll excuse me. I'm off to fix a sandwich.

More on Animal-Free Eating
Can Meat Eaters Love Fake Meat?
The Vegan Zombie Loves Fake Cheese. Do You?
What Would a Vegan World Actually Look Like?

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