I worked at McDonald's for 4 years. There are vats for the fries, chicken and fish. The fries are in their own vat of oil and there is absolutely no meat cooked in the same vat. However, the package of fries says "natural beef flavoring" and when questioning the head manager at work (her knowing I was a vegetarian) she assured me that there is absolutely NO meat in the fries. It is a flavoring made to taste like meat, but minus actual meat. So the fries are 100% meat free.
Nope, they can't use any beef flavoring in their french fries because in other countries their religions don't allow them to eat beef. I'm not sure which religion it is but it's somewhere in the middle east and their recipe has to be the same all over the world. So they took out the whole animal fat thing and have you ever worked at a mcdonalds? they fry em, take em out, and salt em. no weird animal flavoring is thrown in at any point.
Someone asked about fries at BK or McDonald's aaand just to clarify, BK uses corn oil and a separate fryer for fries, I have worked at one for 2 years, I know things! [and no I am not proud of being a vegetarian working at a BK for 2 straight years]
So, I remember you saying that you would eat something that isn't technically vegetarian friendly if it doesn't obviously taste like meat. Would you eat ramen if you were starving?
Probably not because I don’t really like Ramen and it’s really unhealthy. But I’ve been at a friends house before and almost just eaten the noodles plain without the flavoring because I was so hungry. What I meant by that is that if I’m really hungry and somewhere where the only vegetarian option is like, mac and cheese or something, I’m not going to ask whoever made it if the cheese has rennet in it.
BK microwaves the veggie patties, I used to know a guy who worked at one. Also on this topic, if you are vegetarian DO NOT eat the fries at Checkers. The oil/shortening they use for frying them in is Beef Tallow. (trust me I know since it's where I work) The only place that I know of that has a separate fryer is in fact MCD's which is where my friend works. They use vegetable oil for fry's and put ONLY the fries in there.
I could have sworn Mcdonald’s fries have beef flavoring on them.
Hey there, just some kind words of advice (: I don't know if I'm supposed to put this under submit or ask so I'm just going to put it here. But ... GNC makes a vegetarian vitamin. The Ultra Mega Vegetarian Multivitamin and Mineral Formula. I don't know what you need but this might be something to look into. I take them daily. I'm at a college with 36,000 students and the food here isn't that great ... so it helps to take the vitamin. (:
Thank you so much for this blog! I gave up red meat first. It will be 3 years in January. And then I became a full vegetarian in April. And I get a lot of crap for it. So thanks for putting problems into perspective. You are very inspiring. Keep it up. :)
Aw shucks I’m not inspiring! Thanks though, glad you like the blog.
About the person who said not to just direct people to Google... maybe you could put together a resources page? I'm sure your followers would have a lot of suggestions and I know I would love to see what there is! I've been a vegetarian for pretty much my entire life and even I still find cool new stuff from resource pages I find! :)
Send in your favorite veggie blogs/websites/etc. Also, recipes.
favorite super easy recipes? general question to anyone who reads this. and when i say easy I mean, like,,, really, really easy. and relatively healthy if possible. I'm pretty new to cooking for myself but i'd love to try anything
My favorite lazy day, easy recipe is red beans and rice. Send me your favorite recipes guys, maybe I’ll make a recipe tab.
if you're gonna open your ask, you need to be ready to give concrete answers. it may not be what you were planning on, but like it or not ppl will now think this blog is a credible source of info on how to go veg, be healthy, deal with family/friends, etc. you can either disclaim this and make it clear you are NOT qualified to give advice, or give some real info or sources for ppl. (don't tell ppl to 'google vegetarianism' - they'll end up with a lot of shit and false info). just some advice :)
um ok… I mean obviously I don’t know everything about vegetarianism, and if someone is planning to make such a big change in their life they need to consult more than one source. I run a blog, that doesn’t make me all knowing.
Best way to become a vegetarian? Being a very picky eater, I've never liked chicken, fish or most cheeses, and I cut out most dairy from my diet well over a year ago...but I keep hearing about how these things are the last to go from a diet, and how I'm not doing it the "right" way. Any help/advice?
Well just make sure you get as much nutrients as you need.Don’t just cut out meat and continue eating what you used to minus meat. You have to account for the things you’re losing by taking out animal products. Do research and stay healthy!
I've been considering becoming vegetarian. Can you suggest or link some websites where I can read more about it?
Really just sit down when you get the chance and google vegetarian. Look through the basic stuff, research more of what you’re curious about. There’s a lot to learn so the best thing to do is just look
2. Tell me your opinion about the current format for problems, the page layout, basically anything about the appearance of the blog itself. I want to change things up and I need to know what you guys want!
Does anyone else ever have insensitive relatives who always try to persuade them that eating meat would be "better" for them? My relatives do this to me all the time and I can't seem to persuade them otherwise.
My dad does, and he constantly asks me to go get burgers, etc with him. My mom doesn’t care that I don’t eat meat. One of my relatives mentions boca burgers every time she is around me. I think she wants a pat on the back for knowing a vegetarian product. And the rest of my extended family just ignores it.
add some color? maybe bold rainbow colors, like all the colors of the favorite veggies that make up our diets? also, a few days ago, I was walking with my friends at the fair, and there were hanging animal carcasses and my friends made fun of me and kept asking me if the carcasses looked delicious or if I wanted to cry or throw up from seeing that... I think they're just jealous of my awesome eating habits(:
Trying to make you feel bad for being a good person. People are silly.
hi! first i love this page. and i love how you put the problems in a seperate link so you don't have to scroll through all the comments. I think it would be cool to add a recipe link where we can all add our favorite veg foods/ recipes. maybe a link for reasons to become veg or health benifits for being one. just some suggestions. but like i said i love the blog, and if you decide to do the recipe thing i'd be glad to give ya some:)
I’m thinking about doing a recipe tab actually. Thanks!
2. Tell me your opinions on the current format for problems, the theme, the layout, basically anything to do with the appearance of the blog. I’m going to change it up and I need to know what you want!
Would you consider creating a new blog just for vegetarian advice/discussion? It seems like it would be a big success.
I feel like this kind of already is a blog for advice and discussion, and why make follow two different blogs when you could follow one blog with awesome problems and interesting discussions? I don’t know, how many people would even follow that blog.
I wana become vegetarian.. but I love chicken noodle soup an I cant not eat bacon when I smell it.. what do I doo?
Well, vegetable soup is good, too. If you’re becoming a vegetarian because of moral reasons and the treatment of animals, it shouldn’t be hard to stop thinking “breakfast” when you smell bacon, and start thinking “the burning flesh of a previously tortured living creature.”
(to the person craving meat): if you're trying to get rid of eggs and dairy from your diet, eating meat again isn't exactly the next logical step. part of being a vegetarian, or vegan, is controlling yourself. just because you're craving meat doesn't mean you should eat it. and if you're going to give in to cravings, i'd say give in to eggs and dairy before meat, maybe the meat cravings will stop (but hey, i'm not vegan, so eggs and dairy are just not as offensive to me).
Tip for the protein thing: eat dairy and eggs still if you're not against it. If you are, eat whole grains (brown rice for example) , nuts, and dry beans. Soy is also a good protein source. It's very easy to get enough from that.