If you hold your nose each time you walk past a conventional butcher, why not meet our vegan butchers, who create ‘meat’ using natural cholesterol-free ingredients? In a country of 60 million people, there is not enough land for everyone to eat free-range. So the people who eat meat can support more humane brands, and everyone else can help by eating plants – a view shared by non-veggie chefs like Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Recycle plastic packaging with household waste or at supermarket bag recycling bins. Keep vegan meats away from pets due to toxic ingredients like garlic, onion, leeks, chives, mushrooms, nuts, jackfruit etc.
Above is Rudy’s Vegan Butcher (London) with a food hall in Selfridges. He sells an incredible selection of vegan meats and Rudy’s Ruben’z (a pastrami sandwich with pickles, crispy onions and Russian dressing). You can also buy a Veatball sub and seasonally changing plant-based pie of the day.
Sgaia Foods (Scotland) was set up by two Italian foodies, and offers vegan meats made with natural seitan, a gluten wheat meat, that is easy to store and use. This range is amazing and includes a vegan meat box, alongside all your favourites like burgers, sausages, bacon rashers, pancetta cubes and roasts.
FAUX (Nottingham) is a small indie business selling homemade vegan meats, including ‘chicken thighs with crispy skin’. You can also pick up artisan vegan cheeses and locally handmade cakes and bakes, while you’re there.
Sunshine Deli (Sheffield) makes its own vegan meats and Scotch ‘eggs, along with deli meat slices. The roast include vegan turkey and ‘brisket’ roast with yeast extract.
Vegan markets often sell goods by artisan butchers. You can visit the site to find local markets, or help to bring one to your local area.
Recipe Books by Vegan Butchers
The Vegan Butcher is the ultimate guide to plant-based meats. Zacchary Bird shows how to create meaty texture through the power of freezing tofu (choose sustainable brands), and transform a bag of flour into chewy seitan that will trick even the most die-hard chicken fans. From seitan to mushrooms, there is little that you can’t do with plants to create the perfect plant-based burgers and more.
Making Vegan Meat offers creative recipes by Mark Thompson including mouthwatering BBQ ribs (made from mushrooms) to crispy bacon (made from daikon radish).
The Herbivorous Butcher is a book by the brother-and-sister founder of a US vegan butcher store. Find 75 innovative recipes for Pork Chops, Ground Beef and Chicken Cutlers, plus dishes like Cherry-Glazed Rib Rack, Nashville Hot Popcorn Chicken and BLT Couscous Crust Quiche.
Be Your Own Vegan Butcher!
Carlo Cao’s Vegan Roast Beef is another recipe to try, by a talented Swiss-Italian chef. Serve with roast potatoes and grilled veggies, for a delicious dinner treat.
Vegan Brisket (Avant Garde Vegan) is just one recipe created by Welsh chef Gaz Oakley, who is amazing the world with his creations. Professionally trained and also a fantastic photographer, this is the ultimate vegan meat recipe, which serves 10 to 15 people, or halve it and freeze portions after cooking (lasts up to a week in the fridge, or 3 months in the freezer – cut before freezing).
Or try this recipe for his Steak & Peppercorn Sauce, served with garnish, chips, salad and tomatoes.
Gaz has even created a ‘meat fillet’ by using watermelon!