The Fry Family Food Co. have created a BIG FRY BOEREWORS & a BIG FRY BURGER that has the texture and taste of meat! If you have not tried it yet, then I highly reccommend that you do! I’ll be gifting my meat eating brother some this Christmas so he can try them too.
The Fry Family Food Co.
The Fry Family Food Co. aka Fry’s has been around for longer than I have been vegan. Fry’s started in 1991, after Wally Fry built a piggery for a client and he saw first hand how the pigs were treated. He realised that he couldn’t stand by anymore, and everything his vegetarian wife Debbie and their vegetarian daughters stood for become clear. Wally realised that “all life is precious, and I can live without sacrificing the life of another”. Wally became a vegetarian and set about creating a meat alternative, that was high in protein and had the same taste and texture as meat. Today Fry’s have a 5000sqm factory in Durban, and they employ over 400 people. Fry’s are sold in approximately 12,000 stores in more than 30 countries. Just think of all the animals that have been saved, because many people accross the world is eating Fry’s instead. And it’s all thanks to the Fry family.
When I was a kid, we would always have Fry’s products in the freezer for when my vegetarian uncle came to visit. When I went vegan in 2011, Fry’s was there for me. That might sound a bit dramatic, but I went vegan overnight and the Fry’s range of vegan meats made it easier! I could have burgers, hot dogs, cottage pie and a lot of familiar foods I had eaten before going vegan. Just with different ingredients. To this day I still have Fry’s products in the freezer, and so does my mother, who went vegan in 2013!
When people ask about vegan meats I always tell them to look out for the bright green boxes in the freezer section at their local grocery store. You can’t miss them! It seems that Fry’s will be changing that packaging soon, so if you don’t spot Fry’s in the freezer at your local grocery store, take another look.
I love that Fry’s have a wide range of vegan meats, and that they are all cost-effective. One of the first products I remember trying was the traditional sausages, and since then they have expanded their range drastically and now offer plant-based burgers, sausages, nuggets, schnitzels, mince, strips, seafood, snacks, pastries and pies. For the last few years, I stopped buying products containing palm-oil so there are a few of the Fry’s products that I no longer eat. I’m hoping they will remove palm-oil from their sausage rolls and pies, coz I really miss those.
the ingredients and the packaging
Both of the Big Frys’ are palm oil free which makes me so happy! Thank You Fry’s! Both are great sources of protein with there being 20g of protein per 112g patty and 19G of plant protein per sausage. The Boerewors is packaged in a cardboard box with a plastic packet on the inside, and the Burger is packaged in a plastic container that is sealed with plastic and has a cardboard sleeve. I have yet to find a locally made vegan meat brand that doesn’t package in plastic. Of the few plastic packaged items I still buy, vegan meats is top of the short list.
THE BIG FRY BOEREWORS: Vegetable Protein (20%) (Wheat (Gluten), Soya), Onions(5%), Vegetable Oil (Sunflower Seed), Dijon Mustard(2%), Corn Flour, Flavourings (Coriander, Sugar, Salt, Savoury Flavour, Garlic, White Pepper, Nutmeg, Ginger), Thickener (Methylcellulose), Smoke Flavour, Beetroot, Plant Fibre (Bamboo), Paprika, Cilantro, Black Pepper, Parsley, Turmeric, Colourant: Caramel IV (E150d), Calcium Alginate Casing.
THE BIG FRY BURGER: Vegetable Protein (Soya, Wheat(Gluten)), Onions, Vegetable Oil (Sunflower Seed), Dijon Mustard, Corn Flour, Salt, Coriander Seeds, Thickener (Methylcellulose), Onion Powder, Beetroot Powder, Paprika, Smoke Flavour, Garlic Powder, Flavourings (0.1%), Cilantro, White Pepper, Black Pepper, Parsley, Turmeric, Colourant: Caramel IV.
where to buy?
I bought these at Pick ‘n Pay in Constantia Village, but you can find Fry’s products in nearly every grocery store.
Have you tried the Big Fry products yet? Is there another vegan meat brand you would like me to add to my blog? I’d love to hear from you in a comment below. If you’d like to see more vegan/plant-based meats I have found, have a look here. If you’d like to see other food products I have found have a look here. New products posted regularly.
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