Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Earth Balance Soy Free
Thanks for playing, everyone! I will use all of your ideas. One of the questions I received by email asked me to recommend a dairy- AND soy-free margarine. Until a few weeks ago, I would have been stumped. But now Earth Balance (our favorite margarine company) has a soy free variety. And I've been asked to review it for Go Dairy Free.
"What do they call it when everything intersects?" "The Bermuda Triangle."
What it looks like
Earth Balance Soy Free has a good buttery flavor, just like the other Earth Balance varieties. Tasting it side by side with their Soy Garden, it seems to be a bit saltier and a softer consistency.
Welcome to the family!
I spread it on flatbread, and used it to make popovers and homemade brownies. It has a much lower smoke point than the Soy Garden or regular EB varieties. (Smoke point? Geez, next she'll be talking about the margarine's "mouthfeel.") The popovers bake at a high temperature and the recipe starts with melting the margarine in a muffin tin, so the Soy Garden variety smokes a bit, too, but not nearly as much as the Soy Free variety. The brownie recipe I made begins with melting margarine and baking chocolate over low heat on the stove. Even at a low temperature, the soy-free margarine smoked up the house. I couldn't taste the smoke in either recipe, though.
See the popovers through the smoke?
BUT! It is soy free! And dairy free! And tastes good! And would probably do just fine in muffins or a casserole! And it tastes very, very good spread on bread.
AND! The Allergic Kid's Earth Balance coupon giveaway is still going on, so you could win some for yourself!
This review was written for Go Dairy Free.