Introduced earlier this year, the Vegg replaces egg yolks to facilitate easy and delicious egg-free cooking. I’ve been playing around with Veggs in the kitchen for the last couple weeks, and the jury is in: I like ‘em!
Veggs come in powder form; you mix up the ‘yolks’ by blending the powder with water. They’re soy-free and gluten-free, making Veggs very user-friendly for folks with food allergies.The powder contains nutritional yeast, black salt (kala namak), sodium alginate, and beta carotene.
It’s important to mix the Vegg with a blender, or the texture won’t be right — for small ‘single-egg’ preparation, an immersion blender works well.
The Vegg offers ‘eggy’ flavor and yolk-like texture; it doesn’t cook up like a fried egg on its own, but with a few other ingredients even that can be arranged!
Using the Vegg
I’m most excited about the Vegg for use in French toast, pancakes, scrambles, and other stovetop breakfast-themed recipes. The french toast I made with the Vegg was absolutely excellent! I also used Veggs as 1:1 replacement for a nonvegan pancake recipe calling for eggs, using the conversion rate of 2 ounces prepared Vegg per one traditional chicken’s egg: it worked really well, and I will absolutely use Veggs again for such recipe veganization!
Veggs add delicious flavor to tofu scrambles, thanks to the eggy-tasting kala namak. Even if you already make a mean tofu scramble, try adding 2-4 ounces of blended Vegg to your favorite eggless scramble recipe: it adds an extra level of yum!
The Vegg works well in baking, for cornbread and quickbreads and desserts. I found it to be about equivalent to the eggless binder powder that I usually use in baking; but for new vegan cooks the Vegg is probably a little easier, since it’s a ready-made mix.
It’s also reportedly great for dipping toast, if you used to like toast-and-eggs with runny yolks before going vegan — I didn’t, myself, so didn’t try Veggs that way.
Overall the Vegg is a neat new tool in the toolbox, for easy and delicious egg-free cooking. You can order Vegg powder through amazon.com, or through any of these suppliers — and 10% of net Vegg sales will be donated to Compassion Over Killing through 2014.
Go here to check out some tasty recipes utilizing the incredible edible Vegg… Bon appetit!
Image credit: Creative Commons photo by Brown Betty.