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I have a book from the library called Dairy-free Cookbook by Jane Zukin. It is definatly not written for vegans but it has a list of dairy-free foods.<br><br>
Does anyone know of any vegan margarines? This book lists: Blue Bonnet Diet, Fleichmanns Unsalted, Parkay Light, Shedds Spread Country Crock, and a few others. Are these vegan or just " dairy free" ?<br><br><br><br>
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~ Aileen
 

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I'm pretty sure those are just dairy free. For a vegan maragarine, try Earth Balance. It's very good! Hope this helps <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Nuttelex is another very good brand. They have a few different sorts (normal, "lite", Kosher, Olive oil, cholesterol lowering) and all are vegan. There was a fuss some time ago about their D3 not being vegan but that issue has apparently been resolved now.
 

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In the UK SUMA brand is vegan and rates high on Ethiscore andwe think tastes better than PURE. But we've bought PURE in a pinch (like when traveling) as we buy SUMA in our HFS.
 

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No, I'm in the US.... I guess I will try Earth Balance. I wish there was a mainstream vegan margarine because the specialty ones are so pricey.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks everyone!<br><br>
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<span style="color:#008000;">Saileeney, in the US a readily-available and inexpensive vegan margarine is Smart Balance Light. Only the "Light" is dairy-free.</span>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>~Brandon</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><span style="color:#008000;">Saileeney, in the US a readily-available and inexpensive vegan margarine is Smart Balance Light. Only the "Light" is dairy-free.</span></div>
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This is what I use. However, the tub states that the light is really only to be used as a spreadable. For baking purposes they recommend the regular smart balance (non vegan). I use the light however for all my cooking/baking and I usually get mixed results. Taste is great but appearance is a little off (textures and such).
 

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This is what I use. However, the tub states that the light is really only to be used as a spreadable. For baking purposes they recommend the regular smart balance (non vegan). I use the light however for all my cooking/baking and I usually get mixed results. Taste is great but appearance is a little off (textures and such).</div>
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Ditto.<br><br><br><br>
Unfortunately, Earth Balance Light appears to be our only option! ... Supposedly you can use flax seeds in some way to replace fats in baking... Check that out?<br><br><br><br>
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Thank you!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wayne:"><br><br><br><br>
nope, no Trader Joes here but I will try the smart balance light.<br><br><br><br>
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Ditto.<br><br><br><br>
Unfortunately, Earth Balance Light appears to be our only option! ... Supposedly you can use flax seeds in some way to replace fats in baking... Check that out?<br><br><br><br>
~Austin~</div>
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<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/chef.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":chef:"> Hmmm.... Did not realize this was the problem so I will definitely try this out! Got my flax seeds handy!
 

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If you can't find Earth Balance, you may be able to find Soy Garden, made by the same company. My regular grocery store doesn't sell Earth Balance (although they do sell it at the TJs and WF), but they do carry Soy Garden.
 

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are you in the UK? The 'Pure' range is vegan and available in every supermarket (isn't it?)</div>
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I tried the green one for a recipe, didnt reakon much of it. then again i never liked butter/marg anyway. yay to more vegan things being in normal supermarkets though - tescos had the whole range
 

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Some Smart Balance spreads contain whey, vitamin D3 (though some just say "vitamin D"), fish oil, and questionable sources of Vitamin A Palmitate or lactic acid...since Earth Balance has Beta Carotene instead of Vitamin A Palmitate, I'd suspect it's not a vegan form of Vitamin A Palmitate. Some also have some really suspect preservatives like THBQ, which I would try to avoid at all costs<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/doh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":doh:"> I even emailed the company and they sent me a list of non-vegan items, but when I checked the ingredients, I found many of what they claimed to be vegan items had animal ingredients. I emailed back to ask about the mistakes, but they never responded to that email<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veganpolice.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":notvegan:"> I think the only Smart Balance I've seen that I'd trust is the Organic version--which I've rarely seen--because the ingredients are exactly the same as Earth Balance.<br><br><br><br>
BTW, a few months ago I emailed the company and told them I was concerned that they would stop making EB since SB has taken over their website and is advertised all over the place. While they assured me that they had no plans of discontinuing EB, they said, "it's a niche market and 'normal' grocery stores are not interested in carrying it." I pointed out that if they advertised it like they do SB--that it helps cholesterol and such--that they'd be able to sell it to the same stores in place of SB. They, of course, didn't respond.
 

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A really cheap brand of vegan margerine is NUCOA.<br><br><br><br>
It's "accidently vegan" and actually quite good! Best margerine out there for popcorn!<br><br><br><br>
It's available in some, but not all, grocery stores. (I know Albertsons, Fred Meyer and sometimes Kroger).<br><br><br><br>
Check around and you'll probably find it. Some stores just carry the tubs, other stores carry just the sticks.
 

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Here's another vote for Earth Balance. I haven't noticed if it's significantly more expensive than anything else, but a tub lasts me a couple of months so in the end I don't figure it matters much.
 
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