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I am brand new to this whole vegan thing and I have a question -

When making soups (potato soup for instance) if I replace the milk with soy milk, I am sure the soup will be fine. But, can the soy milk be used as a thickener with flour? Will it still thicken gravies and soups like regular milk does?

yep (:

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Why does Nutritional yeast remind me of a old motel room?
Whenever I smell it that is what I smell.

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Why does Nutritional yeast remind me of a old motel room?
Whenever I smell it that is what I smell.

HAHA it smells that way to me, too!  Or that weird hospital-y/public bathroom sanitizer smell.  Thankfully, it tastes better than it smells!  :>

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Hey, there use to be this pumpkin cheesecake recipe, it called for 3 containers of tofutti cream cheese, and that's all I know.  It was the best,  I've made it for the past 3 years.  I always came to this website to find it.  It's not here anymore!  Does anyone have this recipe?  Or is there an archive section?

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I like to make gluten loaves but it always makes too much it seems.  Can seiten be frozen for later use?  Will it change the texture or anything?

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Does anyone know where in Whole Foods they sell nutritional yeast?
Last time I went, the guy just went "you eat yeast??!" and wasn't much of a help.

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Both forms of nutritional yeast are interchangeble in recipes, however, BUT they are NOT
interchangable with brewer's or baker's yeast. 

crap.. I'm so ashamed! I totally bought brewer's yeast!  At least I read this before I tried to cook with it.

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Does anyone know where in Whole Foods they sell nutritional yeast?
Last time I went, the guy just went "you eat yeast??!" and wasn't much of a help.

It is, surprisingly, in the section where you purchase the body stuff and vitamins, etc.
Not the foods section.

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Can you freeze hummus? (From that thread)

I have frozen it at work.  And it worked good.  It isn't exactly the same, not quite as creamy.  But certainly good enough to eat.  I bet you could even put some in an ice cube tray, and pop one out when you want some.  Or just freeze a couple of dollops in a sandwich bag. (From Sprinkles)

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Does anyone know where in Whole Foods they sell nutritional yeast,?
Last time I went, the guy just went "you eat yeast??!" and wasn't much of a help.

They have it in the bulk bins ( granola, grains, dried fruits, nuts, etc) across from the produce section at the left of the store when you walk in.

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What do the different Kosher symbols mean? What can they tell me about if a food is vegan or not?

There are two kosher symbols that you'll see sometimes when you are out shopping:

Kosher Parve --> means the food in neutral, and can be eaten with meat or dairy meals
Kosher D(airy) --> means the food is to be eaten with dairy meals because it "contains" dairy foods.

However, just because a food is parve or Kosher D does NOT make it vegan or not vegan automatically. Here is how:

Kosher Parve: These foods will not contain dairy or "meat", but fish is considered neutral. These foods might contain fish. A good example are kosher marshmallows. They generally use gelatin derived from fish and, while parve, are NOT vegan.
Kosher Dairy: Some "vegan" items will be Kosher D if they are made on shared equipment. The food might be "vegan" if you read the ingredients or it might contain obvious dairy. With these, you will need to make your own judgments concerning if you want to eat off shared equipment. The foods are generally fine for vegans (the equipment is washed) but isn't cleaned in a way that will allow the foods to be labeled parve.

If you want more information on Kosher foods, feel free to check out this link Fee posted:
Kosher Foods FAQ

*compiled by bp with help from posts by Fee and Sharway*

Parve foods can also contain EGGS!

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This isn't a food-related question ezzactly, but I can't for the life of me figure out where else to ak this!  ???

How do I put a recipe of mine in a category, like, "Entree" or whatever?

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How do I cook my own beans and other legumes?

Cooking your own is cheaper, cuts down on packaging (especially if you can buy in bulk) and eliminates the salt and chemicals inherent in buying processed, precooked foods.Most legumes need to be pre-soaked before cooking.

Can the beans be stored after they cooked?
If so, where (fridge, freezer...) and for how long?

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This link did not work
Q: Is that additive vegan or not?

A: http://www.vegan-info.com/additives.html

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Q: Is that additive vegan or not?

A: http://www.vegan-info.com/additives.html

this link did not work for me... does anyone have an awesome link for me to use? i have been using i think lone wolf or something like that... but any better suggestions please do tell!

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amy, the link worked for me. try copying the text and pasting it instead of just clicking? hm. clicking it worked for me too...try again? maybe your internet was being weird.

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amy, the link worked for me. try copying the text and pasting it instead of just clicking? hm. clicking it worked for me too...try again? maybe your internet was being weird.

i tried not clicking it this time and it still didn't work :(

it takes me to the vegan information main page... is their something else i need to click on to take me there?

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Huh. Weird. It looked like a real site until I started clicking on stuff to look for the additives page. It's all like..google ads. Mega lame.

http://www.veggieglobal.com/nutrition/vegetarian-additives-shopping-guide.htm

That looks like a good link. I once found a HUGE a-z list of non-vegan stuff, but I can't remember where...

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I like to make gluten loaves but it always makes too much it seems.  Can seiten be frozen for later use?  Will it change the texture or anything?

I have successfully frozen seitan for later.  I usually defrost it, then press it (between 2 heavy plates) to get out the extra water before I cook it, like I would with tofu. Otherwise i think it's too watery, but I've also cooked it without pressing it, just not adding as much liquid to the frying pan, and it did okay that way as well.

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^ that's so good to know!  i've always been afraid to freeze it!  thanks!

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Does a vegan-friendly resturant list exist? Places like Applebee's or Chilli's, or fast food, which ever has been made up

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