Funky Fields Vegan Mince Review
You may have heard that Woolworths (one of the major supermarket chains in Australia) has started stocking a vegan mince product from Funky Fields called “minced”. There’s been controversy around the product, with some people (vegans and omnivores alike) believing it shouldn’t be in the meat section of the supermarket… oh the drama! I personally think it should be in the meat AND vegan sections to cover all bases. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
After waiting for stock to arrive I finally got my hands on two packs. I think they must be in a trial phase and only ordering small quantities until they establish demand.
I cooked some up into tasty cheeseburgers and the verdict is a strong “yes” from me!
The vegan mince product is made from soy and wheat proteins, coconut oil, almonds, tomatoes, mushrooms and beetroot. It looks just like regular beef mince.
At first glance I loved several things about it. The packaging looks green and healthy and is at least 50% recycled products, this is a big plus for me as I’m really trying to decrease my plastic footprint. I also love how prominent the words “plant based” are on the packaging.
After opening it up, the first thing I noticed was that it doesn’t have the pungent smell that some vegan mince products have. The Beyond Meat burger is a good example of a burger patty having a slightly “dog food” kind of smell. I did rate the beyond burger patty highly when I first tried it though, it was tasty and the best option I’d tried at that point. However, now that I’ve had Minced from Funky Fields though, I doubt I’ll be buying an expensive beyond meat patty again.
At only $8 for a 400 gram pack (at the time of writing) it’s great value. That’s enough to make 4 good sized burger patties. This works out to $2 per patty compared to around $7 per patty for the Beyond Burger patty in Australia.
The first dish I made with it was burgers, and I treated it just like I would treat any mince when doing burgers.
Vegan Mince Cheeseburger Patty
- Placed 200g of the mince into a bowl.
- Added 2 tbsp of nutritional yeast.
- Threw in a pinch of black pepper.
- Added 1/2 tsp garlic salt.
- Sprinkled in 1/4 tsp onion powder (you could cook up some finely chopped onions if you had time).
- Mixed it all up with my hands (so gooey).
- Moulded into two patties, sprayed each side with light cooking oil and grilled on a griddle pan.
The burgers were really delicious. I was pleasantly surprised with the subtle flavours of the mince and my ability to flavour it how I wanted, which is key with any mince I feel. I mean, let’s face it, no one sits down to a plate of plain beef mince and jumps for joy, it NEEDS some love. So does this.
The textures were really nice and it broke up well. I cooked a patty up separately outside of the burger and happily ate it as I would a rissole or meatball. It held together when it needed to but was easy to cut and chew.
From a nutritional perspective it contains around the same calories, protein and fat as regular beef, depending on which variety you compare to. There are definitely lower calorie options out there including the Veggie Delights Savoury Mince which I reviewed last week. But considering all the other good stuff in the mix, I’d still say it’s a healthy alternative in the right measures.
I’m looking forward to trying this vegan mince in some other recipes starting with a shepherds pie this week. I really liked the flavours, the freshness and the smell of the mince. I’ll definitely be buying it again.