Vegemite

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Lisa - October 13

My girlfriend just brought me over a bottle of Vegemite and I can't stop eating it...it is so good! Have any of you North Americans ever eatne it? It's loaded in Vitamin B.

 

Em - October 13

I am from the USA and a British friend of mine had me taste it once....sorry, but I hated it! Glad to hear it is so healthy though! But an australian friend of mine thought our peanut b___ter and jelly craze was a bit much (he later told me he thought the "jelly" was like "jello" and not "jam".) lol..

 

Vegegirl - October 13

It's got folate too!

 

ally - October 13

vege girl has it right, i didn't know u had to take folate, good thing i eat vegemite

 

never heard of it - October 13

you got my curiosity going, what exactly is it?

 

hi - October 13

let me help u "never heard of it" it tastes like a combination of burned rubber and the robitussin before they made it taste better. You know they kind they gave us as kids not this new stuff. Any way I HATE the stuff it's disgusting if you ask me, but my husband LOVES it. It's said there are only two types of people, those who love it and those who hate it. It's actually made from yeast, some guy was sc___pping out the guiness barrel and decided to sample the sludge left over after emptying out all beer. It is very good for you if you can get past the taste. My DH is starting the baby on it now. I hope she likes because its so healthy but I won't be kissing either of them anytime soon after they have eaten it. YUCK!

 

Julie - October 13

My brother lived in Austrailia for a little while, a long time ago. He brought back a jar of that stuff, and swore people eat it over there like we eat peanut b___ter over here, or even more so. So, he convinced me to try it, and I about puked. I'm not sure how you guys can like that stuff. Must be a cultural thing...? The best to you though! I'm sure I eat a few things that could make you puke too!

 

Charity - October 13

What the heck is it?

 

Here's some info... - October 13

What is Vegemite?image of vegemite Vegemite is considered as much a part of Australia's heritage as kangaroos and the Holden cars. It is actually an Australian obsession that has become a unique and loved symbol of the Australian nation. A Vegemite sandwich to an Australian kid is the equivalent of a peanut b___ter and jelly sandwich to an American kid - but the taste is QUITE different! Vegemite is one of several yeast extract spreads sold in Australia. It is made from leftover brewers' yeast extract (a by-product of beer manufacture) and various vegetable and spice additives. It is very dark reddish-brown, almost black, in color, and one of the richest sources known of Vitamin B. It's thick like peanut b___ter, it's very salty, and it tastes like - well let's just say that it is an acquired taste! Australian children are brought up on Vegemite from the time they're babies. It is said that Australians are known to travel all over the world with at least one small jar of Vegemite in their luggage, for fear that they will not be able to find it. History of Vegemite In 1922, Fred Walker (1884-1935) of Melbourne, Australia decided to try to make a special "yeast extract" that would be as delicious as it was nourishing for his Fred Walker Cheese Company to sell. The chief scientist in the company Fred owned was Dr. Cyril P. Callister, and it was Dr. Callister who invented the first Vegemite spread. He used brewer's yeast and blended the yeast extract with ingredients like celery, onion, salt, and a few secret ingredients to make this paste. In 1912, a national compet_tion and a prize of 50 pounds was offered to the winner or winners to name the new product.. The name ‘Vegemite’ was finally chosen from the entries by Fred’s daughter Sheilah . With its unusual and unique flavor, Vegemite was not an immediate success and sales were slow. In 1928 Vegemite was renamed and registered as Parwill in an attempt to boost its sales and to attract customers of the rival spread Marmite (an English yeast spread that dominated the Australian market sinc 1910). "If Marmite...then Parwill" was the rationale behind Walker's strategy to carve a niche in the market for his spread. The name Parwill and Walker's play on words didn't catch on. It was only sold as Parwill for a short time in Queensland. The name was withdrawn in 1935, and the original name was reinstated. Earlier, in 1925, Walker had arranged with the Chicago, Illinois firm of James L. Kraft to make processed cheese in Australia. A company called the Kraft Walker Cheese Co. was established alongside Fred Walker and Co. In 1935, Walker used the success of his processed cheese to launch a new campaign to revive Vegemite. The company launched 2-year coupon redemption scheme whereby a jar of Vegemite was given away with every purchase of other products in the Fred Walker Cheese Company. Australians tried the product and loved it. Vegemite was well and truly on the road to success. Two years later, the company held a poetry compet_tion and once again brought Vegemite into the national spotlight. This time its success the prizes were imported American Pontiac cars. Entries flooded in and sales multiplied. In 1935, the recipe and manufacturing methods was sold to Kraft Foods and has been wholly owned and made by American companies. In 1939 Vegemite received endors____nt from the British Medical a__sociation which allowed doctors to recommend it as a Vitamin B-rich, nutritionally balanced food for patients. In World War II, soldiers, sailors, and the civilian population of Australia all had Vegemite included in their rations. Soldiers’ Vegemite came in three sizes: seven-pound tins for the platoon, eight-ounce tins for soldiers on the go, and half-ounce rations for behind enemy lines. This war-time demand meant that civilian were limited. Hence, advertis____nts were run to explain the situation: “Vegemite fights with the men up north! If you are one of those who don’t need Vegemite medicinally, then thousands of invalids are asking you to deny yourself of it for the time being.” The main change to the original recipe in recent years has been to reduce the salt content from 10% to 8%. Did You Know? * 22.7 million jars of Vegemite are manufactured in Australia every year - that's 235 jars per minute. * 30 jars are sold in Australia for every one exported. * Vegemite is in nine out of ten pantries in Australia. The Happy Little Vegemite Song We are happy little Vegemites as bright as bright can be, We all enjoy our Vegemite for breakfast, lunch and tea, Our mummy says we're growing stronger every single week, Because we love our Vegemite, We all adore our Vegemite, It puts a rose in every cheek! How To Eat Vegemite Using your favorite bread, some b___ter or margarine, and of course, Vegemite. * Spread b___ter on a piece of toast or bread. * Cover very thinly with Vegemite (for the optimum Vegemite sandwich you only need a dab). Dip your knife in the Vegemite, and sc___pe up just a bit (it will mix right in with the b___ter and spread easily). Some people like to "marble" the Vegemite into the b___ter. * Eat it open-faced and enjoy!

 

val - October 13

That was really informative. It doesn't sound good at all to me, but I've never tried it.

 

never heard of it. - October 13

thanks for the info!

 

Lissi - October 13

We have a version of it in the UK called Marmite. I love it on toast! YUM!

 

Lisa - October 13

I told her she's going to have to keep me stocked now! It is an aquired taste, you either like it or you don't...I just happen to love it.

 

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