Vegan Christmas: VBites Cheatin' Turkey Style Roast

Meat-free festive roast. Have you got used to saying VBites instead of Redwood Yet? The Cheatin branding lives on at least on the company's faux meat range. Outside London, you'll find it hard to get hold of exotic (and expensive) US products like Tofurky or Field Roast, so we thought we'd review a long established offering from these shores. Is this Turkey Style Roast something you could look forward to for your vegan Christmas dinner?

The product is shrink wrapped and looks a lot like pale meat when opened. It needs 45 minutes in the oven to cook, wrapped in foil.

Be sure to wrap the foil tightly to keep moisture in, as the outside has a tendency to dry out and go hard if not. You might also consider basting this roast to help counter the formation of the crust. The top and bottom slices of our roast were too dry and crusty to serve up...but they do serve as cook's privilege for a kitchen snack..

The gluten-based meat is not bad really - it's just chewy enough, just tasty enough and almost juicy enough. Faux-meat products always tend to be quite low in fat and do lack a little juiciness. We'd be tempted to try boiling this roast in stock for extra juiciness...but don't recommend experimenting on Christmas Day...

If you like meat-replacements, you'll be happy with this roast. For one thing, the price is exceptional compared to imported products. We quite enjoyed this roast, and it would make an excellent joint for leftovers too... we're looking forward to a 'turkey' and pickled onion sandwich or two!

The Good: Meaty, mild and great price
The Not-so-good: Edges go crusty and could be juicier

Veganoo Score: ★★★★☆
VBites Cheatin' Turkey Style Roast

Footnote: Ingredients
Here is the ingredients panel from the pack we reviewed.

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  1. OK, now you've posted the photo you have to let everyone know - what's your personal gravy secret?

    1. Funnily enough, that's gravy made from Redwood's granules... (Cheat!)

  2. Thanks for this review. I have been eyeing this stuff for a while but wanted to know how it is before buying it. I just found your blog, and I am so glad I did.

  3. I like this roast, it did remind me slightly of the cheap turkey one used to get at the school Christmas dinner. I had it For Christmas dinner two years ago. It was yummy but, how to put this... it made me fart the rest of the day away....


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