Many vegans these days are using margarine, namely Earth Balance, in their baked goods, on their toast, on their baked potatoes with huge smiles on their faces, as they think to themselves, “hey, i am not supporting a cruel industry, and Bessie will not be impregnated on my behalf, nor have her milk taken from her for my sake, and I can sleep well knowing that fact.” Earth Balance is the NO.1 bestselling vegan margarine. Earth Balance is an Earth IMbalance. The company SUCKS.
Here’s a fact; most processed foods these days, including margarine contain a product called palm oil. In case you haven’t heard of palm oil yet, here is some information for you. According to RAN, Rainforest Action Network, “Palm oil is a globally traded agricultural commodity that is used in 50 percent of all consumer goods, from soaps and detergents to breakfast cereals and bio fuels. Grown on massive plantations in tropical nations, mainly Malaysia and Indonesia, palm oil has been associated with rainforest destruction; threatened extinctions of animals, including orangutans; huge increases in greenhouse gas emissions; and gross human rights and labor violations.”
If you would like a quick read on the subject, there is always Greenpeace, who mention palm oil “being a recipe for environmental disaster.”
This PDF put out by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) discusses every aspect of palm oil, leaving the reader much the wiser.
As citizens in a capitalistic society, every dollar we spend is like a vote. When we make a choice to buy something, whether we like it or not, we are voting for that item. In essence, what we are saying non verbally every time we spend a dime, we are giving our approval of the product, accepting how the product is produced, and we are demanding that its production be continued. One might see where I am headed with this. One might ask how a person who espouses to live the most cruelty free life possible would even consider buying and using Earth Balance margarine knowing they’re supporting a massive corporation, (their product for sale in every podunk grocer in the four corners of the globe) and knowing the horrors entailed in the production of such an item.
There ARE alternatives.
I’m about to let you in on a secret: FUTTER. This is VEGAN BUTTER, and it’s da bomb!
1 Cup RAW coconut oil.
2 Tablespoons organic, extra virgin olive oil. I like Spanish, Italian or Greek oils. (OPTIONAL). I prefer without, but both versions solidify equally.
3/4 tsp salt
Pinch of nutritional yeast flakes (optional. if you add bouillon instead, be AWARE of palm oil in most of those cubes and also broth powders.)
Very small pinch of turmeric (NOT optional to make futter, as it gives it anti-inflammatory properties as well as the lovely buttery color)
These ingredients mixed together all harden and form a vegan butter spread to fool any butter eater. Put 1 Cup coconut oil in a sauce pan on low heat. Stir for about a minute, wait till you notice about 1/2 of coconut oil heats up to liquid, and take off burner, put on trivet on counter. Do NOT heat on burner for very long, and don’t allow liquid get HOT. This will prevent the salt, yeast flakes etc. to melt. They ONLY blend together when cooled (congealed) QUICKLY. Add to the coconut oil in the saucepan the following: tiny pinch turmeric, a bit larger pinch nutritional yeast flakes, and 2 Tbsp of UNREFINED, organic extra virgin olive oil. Mix all together. Fill a saucepan with water and some ice cubes. Pour contents of saucepan into a 2 C glass pyrex/glass container. Put your glass container with the FUTTER/vegan butter mixture in the ice water, making SURE the water doesn’t get into your glass container. WHY do you do this?? The FUTTER must congeal quickly. If you don’t cool the FUTTER quickly, it will take hours to solidify, leaving salt to sit at the bottom. When glass container is in the ice water, stir until congeals. This will take about 5 minutes AT MOST. This is like some amazing chemistry class you missed in junior high school. You will notice the color of your vegan butter suddenly becoming more opaque with the seconds… Eventually it will look like butter. After it cools, it has a consistency of butter. This recipe is simple. It’s easy. You can use this on potatoes, pasta, bread, or you can use plain raw organic coconut oil to make any baked good or any recipe taste delicious. Best part? Coconut oil is a replacement for cruel palm oil, and is nutritious and healthy for your body; including your brain, you can rub it on your skin because it absorbs quickly making a great lotion, and it can be used as a sexual lubricant too, for monogamous people not using condoms. So, grab some buns and spread it on baby!
This is FUTTER vegan butter with Olive oil, as recipe above stated. It is optional, but I like it better with extra virgin olive oil. This photo was taken directly after stirring and congealing over a period of five minutes, so it still hasn’t hardened 100%, but will in the next hour. Clear to cloudy magic in 5. BTW, MARMITE=UNILEVER. BUY NO MORE.
Voila! Here is the FUTTER vegan butter 1 day after it was made. Look at the gorgeous color, the smooth and buttery texture on the butter knife, the way it melts on a piece of homemade toast. This vegan butter is definitely mistakable. Store in cupboard for up to two weeks; if you can get it to last that long!
*please share the recipe with everyone