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    • You can store our frozen products in the freezer after purchase for about 3-6 months (see the Best before date). Products must first be defrosted before preparing them: preferably by putting them in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before use or by defrosting the in the microwave. You can also keep our frozen product in the refrigerator after purchase, but that reduces the shelf life to a couple of days. After preparation, we recommend keeping the product in the refrigerator for no more than 2 days.

    • If you purchase a refrigerated product, the shelf-life of the product is the Best before date.

    • You can freeze a refrigerated product on the day of purchase. After defrosting, we recommend consuming the product immediately.

    • Our products can be heated in a frying pan, just like any other vegetarian ‘meat’. We advise against using a microwave to heat our products. You can find preparation instructions per product on our product page click here.

    • The cardboard sleeves and freezer boxes are fully recyclable.

    • We advise against processing lupine yourself. Not all kinds of lupine are suitable for consumption. Also, unprocessed lupine is toxic because of the quinolizidine alkaloid (lupinan, hydroxilupinan). The lupine species we use for our meat substitute is the sweet blue lupine. After the beans have been harvested, they are professionally cleaned and the quinolizidine alkaloid level is determined. If this meets the requirements, it is turned into lupine flour, which we then use as the foundation for some of our products.

    • Currently, a large portion of our meat substitutes is organic. The following products have an EKO-label: Vegan Shawarma, Vegetarian Croquette Ball, Vegetarian Croquettes, Vegetarian Sausage Rolls and Vegan Noodle Patty. Our aim for the future is to have as many of our products be 100% organic. At the moment, there is an insufficient supply of organic soy concentrate available for an acceptable price.

      By choosing gen-tech-free soy, we can be sure however that our soy does not originate from large scale cultivation, for which forests have to be chopped down. Our aim is to choose organic, locally grown lupine as main ingredient of our products where possible.

    • The Vegetarian Butcher’s products are soy or lupine based. Both soy and lupine are beans that are high in protein and fibre, making them perfect ingredients for a healthy meal. There is no significant difference when comparing our meat free products to the real thing. Sometimes our products contain a little more carbohydrates and less fat, however, protein and number of calories per serving are almost identical to that of the real thing.

      If you wish to compare the nutritional values of our products vs. those of the real thing, you can use the following website and the information on our own product page to compare the products:

      www.voedingswaardetabel.nl

    • Yes, we have a large variety of products that are completely egg-free and milk-free. Our Vegan products are easy to find due to the green ‘V’ on the bottom right corner of the box.
      More than half of our products are vegan. Although we would love to make all products vegan, protein obtained from chicken eggs provides our products with that delicious ‘bite’ which is fundamental to our products.

      Flavour is our first and foremost priority, it is the only way to show meat enthusiasts that they don’t have to miss out on anything if they eat our products. That is our first priority and that is why we sometimes use free range chicken egg protein, but as soon as we are able to refrain from doing that without affecting the flavour and the bite, we will do so!

    • Gluten is an allergen and we are required to state whether or not our ingredients contain gluten. At the moment we cannot guarantee that our products are gluten free. The main ingredients of our meat substitutes (lupine and soy) do not contain any gluten, but gluten may be present where the products are processed. We apologise for any inconvenience; we hope to be able to do something about this in the future.

    • We have chosen the existing composition of ingredients because it is what most people like. For some products, we have adjusted the recipe to incorporate less salt. Of course, we are always working on, redeveloping and innovating our products. We might be able to release multiple versions of the same products in the near future.

      If you feel that the vegetarian Meatballs are too salty, you can prepare them in a salt-free / low-sodium stock/ gravy. The will lose some of their salt to the liquid you cook them in during cooking.

    • From the age of 1, you can have your child enjoy the products of The Vegetarian Butcher. We recommend that you start with small bites and we also recommend to refrain from serving the snacks, such as the Vegetarian Croquette Balls and the Vegetarian Croquettes for a while.

    • Yes, you can marinate the Vegetarian NoChicken Chunks yourself, or you can heat them in a delicious sauce, to allow them to absorb the flavour.

    • We use only the very best ingredients, but do not claim any health benefits. Our products generally have a high protein and fibre content and are low in fat. On top of that, the vegetable oils that we use are commonly thought to be healthier than animal fats. Our main goal is to create beautiful meat alternatives that are bursting with flavour and have an equal - if not better - nutritional value.

    • Since we are (currently) not a dominant player in the market, we don’t a lot of purchase power yet in regard to raw material suppliers, processors and distributors, which makes up the largest portion of our expenses. However, we are growing rapidly, so we expect to be able to realize lower prices within the foreseeable future, which is a huge ambition of ours. We are trying to accommodate consumers as much as possible by implementing price drops as soon as we can.

      We have been able to do so twice over the past period and we hope to be able to reduce prices even more in the near future. We hope to make cheap veggie meat a reality instead of a dream! And if everyone lends a hand we will get there one bite at a time.

    • You can review the ingredients and nutritional values of our products on our website.

    • Yeast provides a certain flavour that is important for the optimal meat experience of some of our meat substitutes. Fortunately, we also have products in our range that do not contain yeast.
      The following products may be suitable for you:

      • Vegan Smoked Bacon Bits, based on vegetables
      •  Vegan Chicken Teriyaki
      •  Fish-free Tuna
      •  Vegan Beef Strips
      •  Vegan Chicken Chunks
      •  Vegan Springroll
    • Lupine is a plant you may recognize from seeing it in your garden. Lupine has beans, just like a soy plant. These beans are processed to obtain a fibre with a firm bite that forms the base for our products. Lupine itself has a nutlike flavour. The beans are very high in protein and fibre, making them a perfect ingredient for a healthy meal.

    • The following products are lupine based:
      Vegetarian Croquette Ball
      Vegan Noodle Patty
      Vegetarian Croquettes
      Vegan Spring roll

    • The soy we use in some of our vegetarian meat products is GMO-free and originates from small-scale cultivation, for which no forests are chopped down (South America outside the Amazon, Midwest US, Canada and parts of Asia).

    • The following products are soy based:

      •  Fish-free Tuna
      •  Vegetarian Meatball
      •  Vegetarian Raw Minced Meat
      •  Vegan Fried Minced Meat
      •  Vegan Chicken Chunks (all vegan chicken products)
      •  Vegetarian Snack Balls
      •  Mc2Burger
      •  Vegetarian Smoked Bacon Strips
      •  Bratwurst
    • We only use soy that is not genetically modified (GMO). This guarantees that the soy originates from small-scale cultivation, for which no forests are chopped down.

    • At the moment, fat free (defatted) soy flour required for the production of our products is not organically grown yet. We are doing everything in our power to change this and in addition, we are working on products that are made of Dutch grown organic lupine.

    • We currently use unfermented soy in our products. Opinions about the health effects of unfermented soy differ greatly, scientific reports contradict each other. None of that changes the fact that we are doing everything in our power to include all information on health issues in our product development. In that case, it might be good to know that we also create products made of organic lupine grown on Dutch soil by us. It may be good to know that our new meat substitutes, like our Vegan Beef Strips are made of 100% locally grown vegetables.

    • Our products do not contain MSG, monosodium glutamate; we have a very strict policy on the use of E-numbers and specifically ask our suppliers about the origins of their products. The few E-numbers still used in some of our products are under less scrutiny than MSG, but even so, our aim is to minimize or even eliminate the E-numbers used in our products. The Dutch Commodities Act requires food producers to mention any E-numbers of glutamate added to a product. This concerns the following E-numbers; E621 (MSG, monosodium –glutamate, the most famous branch of the glutamates), E622, E623, E624 and E625.We strongly oppose the use of these flavour enhancers, meaning that they will never be used in our products. The link below provides more information, including about the natural presence of glutamate in certain food:


      http://yeastextract.info/

      In addition, it is good to know that should we use yeast extract in a product, we will always mention this on the label, simply because some people want to avoid it.

    • Four of our products contain a small percentage of glucose syrup. That is somewhat different than High Fructose Corn Syrup (mainly used in America and currently in the media due to its relation to obesity). We also have plenty of products without glucose syrup.

    • To us, environment and sustainability are extremely important aspects of our business. There is a lot of palm oil available from suppliers who destroy forests to obtain what they need. However, the palm oil and soy we use, come from sources for which no forests are destroyed.

    • The following products have been enriched with iron and / or Vitamin B12:

      •  Vegetarian Meatball                       iron + Vitamin B12
      •  mc2 Burger                                     iron + Vitamin B12
      •  Vegetarian Raw Minced Meat        iron + Vitamin B12
      •  Vegan Fried Minced Meat              iron + Vitamin B12
      •  Vegetarian Snack Balls                   iron + Vitamin B12
      •  Vegetarian Smoked Bacon Strips   iron
      •  Vegan Chicken Teriyaki                 iron
      •  Vegan Beef Strips                           iron
      •  Vegan Chicken Chunks                  iron
    • We are legally required to mention the required 14 allergens in our products. If the product contains 1 of these allergens, you will see this in the list of ingredients.

    • Garlic and onions are not allergens, which means they are not included in the list of allergens (Alba list) as used in the food industry.

      Garlic / onion are categorised as ‘herbs & spices’. If ‘herbs & spices’ is listed, it means the product might well contain garlic/onion. You can check the ingredients per product on our website.

    • The eggs we use are laid by free range chickens. Which means they are code 1 eggs.

    • All our flavourings are vegetable, meaning they are made of plants, vegetables or minerals. The precise composition of these flavourings is our secret recipe. As flavouring is not considered to be an additive by Law, it doesn’t have to be assigned a number and the term ‘flavouring’ suffices. We mainly use natural flavourings, which means the substance was not artificially obtained. Our aim is to use sustainable and organic products where possible.

    • Our Vegetarian Raw Minced Meat contains natural extracts as ‘colorants’ extracted from paprika and beetroots. This is to give the product a more meat-like appearance in a healthy way.

    • Our products consist of about 60% water. The other ingredient is dry matter. This level of moisture is comparable to the that of real chicken breast (75%) or ground beef (64%).

    • Yes, since we teamed up with Unilever we have been able to start advertising our brand in additional to our earned media coverage in the press. If you would like to write or post about us please do so, and let us know if you need assets through the contact us form.

    • Despite the great deal of media attention, we are still a supplier of limited size. Which means we cannot (yet) honour any sponsorship requests.

    • Thank you for your interest in The Vegetarian Butcher. For more information about The Vegetarian Butcher please check our website. There’s plenty of background information available about The Vegetarian Butcher’s the origins and principles, as well as various extensive interviews & media articles in which we are mentioned.