One of the most fun things about being a vegan these days is that it seems like every couple of months, a new vegan product comes out on to the market! Such is the case with Field Roast’s new Frankfurter.
As Field Roast produces my favorite vegan italian sausage, it was exciting to hear that they were coming out with a dog. Field Roast’s products are made from “grain meat” – grain meat (its origins are from waaaaaay back in 7th century China) is formed by the kneading of wheat flour dough until the starch totally comes out (known as Mien Ching – Buddha’s Food). I’m sure there’s a more scientific way of explaining this, but I think that description serves our purpose. Its kind of in the seitan family, if you’re familiar with that. Anyway, Field Roast has mastered the grain meat and their products are full of flavor and are honest to goodness deliciousness.
I have tried other vegan dogs before, most reminding me of the “soft” hot dogs that you get from the hot dog vendor. Those are all well and good, but I used to LOVE those really chewy ones, the kosher ones, the ones that popped when you bit into them (you know the ones!)… and the rest of the dogs always just fell flat. Enter, Field Roast Frankfurters.
So they might not have the pop, but the texture is there. They are hearty, you can really sink your teeth into them, and taste really yummy. The texture was one that if I didn’t know it was vegan, would probably worry once I took my first bite. It was that similar! These would be a killer addition to the pantry of someone transitioning into a plant-based diet. I wish I had thought to take a photo of the dog after having taken a bite, but alas I didn’t — next time I eat one I will try to remember to do that. I am excited to see how these guys fare on the open flame and summer is just around the corner to give them the ultimate test — the grill!
All in all, I would definitely buy these again (they run around $7-8 bucks in my area) and recommend them to fellow vegans. Have you tried these doggies? What did you think?