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The Truth About Marmite – Is It Vegan? Find Out Here!

  • Mike 

Is Marmite Vegan?

Yes, it is. The original Marmite comes from yeast extract derived from fermented molasses.

Molasses is made from sugar cane and not from the blood or other tissues of animals.

It’s a good source of B vitamins and minerals like iron, zinc and calcium. It is also rich in antioxidants and flavonoids (plant pigments that give fruits their colour). T

hese compounds can help protect against heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

Molasses is used as an ingredient in many foods, including bread, cakes, biscuits, puddings, sauces, jams and jellies.

The critical difference between Marmite and Vegemite is that Vegemite contains yeast extracts that contain gluten. Gluten is found in wheat flour.

In order to ensure that you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs is to consume plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, fish, lean meat and dairy products.

What is Marmite?

There are two ingredients in marmite: yeast extract and salt. The original recipe was created in the 19th century by Dr James B Johnson, who added brewer’s yeast to malt vinegar.

The recipe gained popularity during World War II because it was cheap and nutritious.

Marmite has become synonymous with English food culture. It’s often served at breakfast time or as part of a tea or coffee.

It’s now sold in over 50 countries around the world. In the UK, it’s considered a national favourite and is even used as a metaphor for Britishness.

Furthermore, it’s one of the most famous brands on the planet!

Here are some facts about Marmite:

• There are more than 1 billion jars of Marmite consumed each year.

• Every jar of Marmite contains approximately 2 teaspoons of yeast extract.

• Marmite comprises just five ingredients – yeast extract, water, salt, barley malt syrup and vegetable oil.

• Marmite doesn’t have any preservatives, artificial colours or flavours.

• Marmite is gluten-free.

• Marmite isn’t suitable for vegetarians.

• Marmite can be stored in the fridge for up to six months.

Are All Marmite Range Vegan?

Yes. However, certain Marmite products contain honey and are not vegan.

For example, the Original Marmite, Marmite Light, Marmite Vegemite and Marmite Original Dark have honey.

To avoid any cross-contamination with non-vegan ingredients, vegans should avoid these variants.

Vegemite is made using yeast extract, so it’s naturally vegan.

However, check its label if you want to know whether a particular product is vegan. If it says ‘made without animal products, it’s guaranteed to be vegan.

How Do I Make My Own Marmite?

Making your own Marmite is easy. You need only three ingredients – yeast extract, salt and water.

To make Marmite:

  1. Mix two parts of warm water and one part of yeast extract.
  2. Stir until combined.
  3. Add a pinch of salt and stir again. This mixture will start to bubble and foam.
  4. When this happens, it means that fermentation is taking place.
  5. Once the mixture starts bubbling, pour into a glass jar and leave to stand overnight.
  6. After 24 hours, the mixture will look like this.
  7. Once it’s ready, store it in the refrigerator. It’ll keep for up to 6 months.
  8. If you don’t have access to a kitchen scale, you can use a measuring cup instead. Measure out 200ml (7fl oz) of warm water and add 100g (3½oz) of yeast extract. Mix well and add a pinch of salt.

If you prefer, you can also buy Marmite online.

Is There Any Benefit to Homemade Marmite?

There are lots of benefits to making your own Marmite. Not least the fact that you control what goes into it.

You’re also able to create your unique flavour combinations.

For example, you could add different herbs and spices to the basic recipe above. Or, why not experiment with other types of yeast extract?

Try mixing different yeast extracts such as brewer’s yeast, bread yeast, bakers’ yeast, fruit juice yeast, wine yeast and coconut milk yeast.

What Are Some Ways That People Use Marmite?

Marmite is commonly used in savoury dishes. It’s often served over toast, rice pudding, oatmeal porridge, muesli, baked beans and macaroni cheese.

Marmite is also used as an ingredient in cakes and desserts. Some people even eat it straight from the jar!

Can I Store Marmite In The Freezer?

Yes, you can freeze Marmite. Just follow the same method as described above. Once frozen, transfer it to a freezer bag or container and pop it back into the freezer.

When defrosting it, just put it straight onto a plate and heat it gently in the microwave.

Does Marmite Taste Different when Frozen?

Yes. The taste of Marmite changes significantly when frozen and thawed, and the colour can be affected as well.

It is therefore advisable to buy Marmite fresh from the supermarket.

Is Marmite The Same as Vegemite?

The two products are different. Marmite is an extract of yeast, while Vegemite is a paste made from brewer’s yeast. Vegemite also contains salt and sugar, while Marmite does not.

Marmite is a best-selling brand of vegetarian spread in the UK. It’s often mistaken for Vegemite, a similar product made by the same company, but it is not the same.

Marmite has a darker colour and a more pronounced yeasty flavour. 

Vegemite is a light brown and has a much milder taste. 

They are both made from soybeans and wheat.

Last Words

Marmite is an excellent source of B vitamins. It’s also high in protein, iron and calcium. It’s great for vegetarians and vegans because it doesn’t contain animal products.

However, if you decide to give Marmite a go, remember only to consume one tablespoon per day. Too much Marmite can cause stomach upset.

Also, make sure that you read the label before buying Marmite to know precisely what’s inside.

Mike Halladay

Mike Halladay

Hey! Mike Here! I love all things vegan. I am a Dad of 2 youngs boys and a food lover and amateur Chef. I transitioned to being a Vegan 9 years and it was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. My health and lifestyle improved beyond belief! This is why I started to spread the word!

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