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I first discovered Vecon when my slimming world group recommended it to me. Briefly, Vecon is a concentrated stock paste that is very low in fat and highly nutritious. On first inspection Vecon looks a lot like marmite. It comes in a brown glass jar with pictures of vegetables on the front. It shouts I am healthy to you!
I don't usually give long lists of ingredients in my reviews, as I don't think many people actually read them! However I will tell you that Vecon contains hydrolysed vegetable protein dehydrated vegetable powder, yeast extract, kelp, ferrous sulphate, riboflavin and vitamin B12. There are no nasty additives or any colourings. The Soya and maize used to make Vecon have not been genetically modified and there are no animal ingredients either.
Vecon is really easy to use and can be used in numerous recipes that call for stock. I use it to make soup, stir fries and casseroles. To make simply dissolve one teaspoon into 275 ml of boiling water. I sometimes double the amount if I'm making a large amount of soup for example. Vecon, in its unmade up form has a rather strange smell, its not unpleasant but doesn't smell great either! Once its added to boiling water it has a much more pleasant vegetable smell.
Vecon does make a very dark stock that not everyone will like. I really love Vecon and think the dark colour adds richness to most dishes. Its taste is subtle and doesn't overwhelm the dish. Vecon is not nearly as salty as other stocks I have tried so another thumbs up from me! I am happy to use Vecon in the meals I make for my children as it contains iron and added vitamins.
Vecon can be used as a drink too. It has a lovely savoury taste but is not too strong. All you need is one teaspoon of Vecon to a cup of boiling water. It is low in calories with 100 grams of Vecon giving 125 calories.
Vecon is not widely available and I have only found it in Holland and Barrett. It is not cheap either with a 250-gram jar costing £2.59. A 250-gram jar of Vecon will make about 14 litres of stock.
If you have never tried Vecon that I can highly recommend it!