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  • Potkettleblack
    Club Member
    • Jun 2016
    • 1957
    • Beautiful Downtown Berwyn
    • Grill: Grilla Original / Weber Genesis EP-330 / OK Joe Bronco Drum
      Thermometers: Thermapen / iGrill 2 / Fireboard
      For Smoke: Chunks / Pellet Tube / Mo Pouch
      Sous Vide: Joule / Nomiku WiFi (RIP Nomiku)
      Disqus: Le Chef - (something something something) - it changes

    Ah, I can't help myself.

    Beyond Burger ingredients (https://www.beyondmeat.com/products/...eyond-burger):
    Water, Pea Protein Isolate, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Refined Coconut Oil, Contains 2% or less of the following: Cellulose from Bamboo, Methylcellulose, Potato Starch, Natural Flavor, Maltodextrin, Yeast Extract, Salt, Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Dried Yeast, Gum Arabic, Citrus Extract (to protect quality), Ascorbic Acid (to maintain color), Beet Juice Extract (for color), Acetic Acid, Succinic Acid, Modified Food Starch, Annatto (for color).

    Here are the ingredients for the new version of the vegan Impossible Burger (https://impossiblefoods.com/newrecipe):
    Water, Soy Protein Concentrate, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, 2% or less of: Potato Protein, Methylcellulose, Yeast Extract, Cultured Dextrose, Food Starch Modified, Soy Leghemoglobin, Salt, Soy Protein Isolate, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Zinc Gluconate, Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Niacin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12

    I dunno about you, but that's a whole lot of protein extracts, high omega-6 oils prone to breakdown, if not smoke, under fairly mild cooking conditions. Methylcellulose is indigestible, used as a stool softening laxative. I'm not big on unfermented soy anything, or a lot of items in my food that I can't imagine taking three steps from the field to my plate. A beef burger may take more than three steps in production, but Butcher the Cow, Grind the Meat, Form the Patty is the basic movement.


    • tamulherin
      Club Member
      • Mar 2017
      • 2
      • Hudson MA

      As a good friend always says, "If god didn't want us to eat animals, he wouldn't have made them out of meat"


      • LiamBlack
        Former Member
        • Aug 2019
        • 5
        • Iceland

        For me, the continuous torment is to cook additionally small portions for people who do not eat meat. Not to say that it’s good or bad, it’s just not convenient if I cook at all.

        I had a girlfriend who surprised me, she doesn’t eat meat and said that she doesn’t need to cook anything except drinks and brought her own food, it was strange, but on the other hand, she showed concern to me as a cook, it was nice.


        • Murdy
          Murdy commented
          Editing a comment
          I knew a guy a long time ago who identified himself as a "social omnivore," which he described as I eat a vegetarian diet at home or when I otherwise can, but if I'm at someone's house, and they cook me a meal, I'm not going to be rude and not eat it. (Looking back, I would think he was in the health camp as opposed to the ethical camp of vegetarians).
      • ScottyC13
        Club Member
        • Jul 2019
        • 457
        • Boston Area
        • Name: Scott, Chemical Engineer

          Weber Genesis
          Weber Spirit Special Addition, with Griddle and Grillgrates (just got)
          Thermoworks Smoke (2)
          Thermoworks Thermapen (2)
          Thermoworks IR (1)
          Maverick IR (1)
          Penzey's Spice rack with loads of spices

          Cooking, wine, guitar, golf, beach, board games, travel, herb gardening

          Want to get into BBQ and Smoking.

        The issue I have with the meat substitute products is how processed they are. Each one of those ingredients takes time, resources (water, etc.) and energy (power, transportation, etc.) to create and deliver to the process for making the meat substitute. As an engineer, we are taught to draw a box around an entire process to determine how much energy it takes. The knock on meat from some folks is cows, chickens, pigs, farmed fish need water and food to grow, which it true. It is claimed they use a lot of resources and energy, which is also true.

        But if we apply the same principle to the items in the OP, each one of those ingredients takes a lot of resources and energy to produce. No one has really done a study to show the amount. It is not like they are taking carrot and grilling it. So what are we really gaining? We are getting a highly processed food that takes somewhat like beef, has as many calories in it and a lot of extras to preserve it.

        I don't think we gain anything.


        • Histrix
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        • Meathead
          Meathead commented
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          I have seen preliminary studies that indicate that the meat substitutes use significantly less energy, water, resources. But for the health obsessed, we are talking the most processed food in the grocery store.

        • Polarbear777
          Polarbear777 commented
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          They claim it uses 80-90% less resources, but it’s still the same or higher cost? Good investment.
      • Bkhuna
        Club Member
        • Apr 2019
        • 438
        • Merritt Island Florida

        “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”


        • mountainsmoker
          Banned Former Member
          • Jun 2019
          • 1851
          • Bryson City, NC

          I am sort of in the middle of this discussion. Cattle are the worst climate disrupters of any production animal we produce. There methane production and waste production world wide is more than several sub-continents.

          Will Vegan ever replace meat eaters, I think not, they have to have to eat a very specific diet of grains to get the proteins to survive . It just isn't palatable to most people. Will fish replace meat no there is not enough in the seas to do so, as the recent limits on catches have shown. Pork, beef and lamb which is not as popular here in the US will always be first.


          • HouseHomey
            Club Member
            • May 2016
            • 5094
            • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
            • Equipment
              Primo Oval xl

              Slow n Sear (two)
              Drip n Griddle
              22" Weber Kettle
              26" Weber Kettle one touch
              Blackstone 36” Pro Series
              Sous vide machine
              Kitchen Aid
              Meat grinder
              sausage stuffer
              5 Crock Pots
              Two chimneys (was 3 but rivets finally popped, down to 1)
              cast iron pans,
              Dutch ovens
              Signals 4 probe, thermapens, chef alarms, Dots, thermapop and maverick T-732, RTC-600, pro needle and various pocket instareads.
              The help and preferences
              1 extra fridge and a deep chest freezer in the garage
              A 9 year old princess foster child
              Patience and old patio furniture
              "Baby Girl" The cat

              Erik S.

            Soyrizo is pretty good. I cooked some yesterday for an event.


            • Histrix
              Club Member
              • May 2016
              • 454
              • 757

              Article in the NYTimes yesterday that is pertinent to this discussion:


              Farhad is not wrong.


              • efincoop
                Club Member
                • Jan 2016
                • 106
                • Upstate NY, by upstate I don't just mean 30 miles north of NYC ;-)
                • Webber Performer Premium 22"
                  Vision Classic B (Kamodo) Grill
                  Lavatools Javelin Digital Instant Read Thermometer
                  Maverick ET-732 Remoter Remote BBQ Thermometer
                  Beer: I love IPA's. Davidson Brother's (Glens Falls NY) is one of my favorites
                  Wine: I like big reds - Cabs, Zins, etc.
                  Straight Whiskey: I'm a bourbon guy. All time favorite Pappy Van Winkle 12 year. Standard go to Blantons
                  Blended Whiskey: James Oliver American Whiskey

                The timing of this post & subsequent (fascinating) discussion is serendipitous as the consumption of (mostly) red meat has been a discussion at several recent family gatherings and at home well. I fully suspect this discussion will come up again over the coming holiday weekend.

                At this point my wife & I are following the guidelines most easily defined as the Mediterranean diet. We try to incorporate 1-2 vegetarian meals, 1-2 seafood meals, 1-2 poultry meals and 1-2 meat (pork/lamb/beef) each week. I think for us, Meathead summed it up best with the statement "If you fear that meat is bad for you or the environment or cruel, perhaps you should try to buy meat that is humanely raised and painlessly slaughtered or perhaps you should skip meat a few meals a week."

                When we eat meat, we purchase it from small local farmers, who based on their claims, raise & harvest animals in a humane manner. I would also consider sourcing meat from vendors such as Porter Road.

                I would like to say thank you to Meathead for taking the time to create such an interesting, thought provoking post and to everyone else who has contributed to the discussion. This is one of the things I love about this site & community.


                • MarkN
                  Club Member
                  • Aug 2019
                  • 47
                  • Northern Indiana

                  Two things:

                  1) I do try to buy locally raised meats when I can. Especially after noticing that grass fed ground beef is a deep purple color and looks like ground steak, while supermarket ground beef is generally a pasty pinkish color and looks like, well, not like steak.

                  2) Where I work, there is a Wellbeing program that provides incentives for doing healthy things and this includes some 6-lesson classes. I took the one entitled Mission: Nutrition. In it, there was a confirmation/warning that anyone deciding upon a vegetarian or vegan diet should consult a physician first because they will need supplements to make up for the vitamins, such as B12, that they can only get from animal flesh (mentioned in the article).


                  • Attjack
                    Club Member
                    • Aug 2017
                    • 3796
                    • Primo XL
                      Weber 26"
                      Weber 22"
                      Weber 22"
                      Weber 18"
                      Weber Jumbo Joe
                      Weber Green Smokey Joe (Thanks, Mr. Bones!)
                      Weber Smokey Joe
                      Orion Smoker

                      DigiQ DX2
                      Slow 'N Sear XL
                      Arteflame 26.75" Insert

                      Blaze BLZ-4-NG 32-Inch 4-Burner Built-In
                      - With Rear Infrared Burner
                      - With Infrared Sear Burner
                      - With Rotisserie
                      Empava 2 Burner Gas Cooktop
                      Weber Spirit 210
                      - With Grillgrates
                      ​​​​​​​ - With Rotisserie
                      Weber Q2200

                      Blackstone Pizza Oven

                      Portable propane burners (3)
                      Propane turkey Fryer

                      Fire pit grill

                    Personally I don't know any adults vegans or vegetarians that proselytize. All the ones I know just do their thing and live in a world of meat-eaters bombarded by meat-centric billboards, TV and radio ads, and restaurants that all cater to us, the common meat-eater.




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