Crab and a Clean Conscience- Gardein Crabless Cakes

Ahoy maidens and mateys!  Veganswashbuckler is back, or you may call me Squashbuckler for short, as me fellow Vegan reviewer Amanda will do.  The crew quite likes it, and I admit it be less of a mouthful than how I was christened.  Just don’t call me late for dinner, especially if Gardein Crabless Cakes be on the menu.  Arr!

These fine morsels deserve the grade of A.

Now, before I became a Vegan pirate, when I was a wee little corpse munching scalawag, methinks I tended to avoid the crab cakes.  I never cared for mayo, and even today I fear the Vegan version.  Nevertheless, if ye like the stuff, by all means check this out, from another of our Vegan reviewers, Dawn.  Nevertheless, blindfold any miserable corpse muncher and give them a taste test, and I dare them to tell me these cakes are crabless, ye scoundrels and crab steaming poltroons!  And, since they already be blindfolded, make them walk the plank unless they reform their ways!

These tender chunks of delight are a treat lightly fried, and they come out crispy on the outside and juicy in the center.  They have the essence of the briny deep, they do, and a fine texture that will leave ye in amazement.  Add these yummy fries as a side, courtesy of another of our Vegan reviewers, Julie, and ye will have yerself a mighty fine repast with little effort.  Tell the chef to have the night off, but to take it easy on the grog and bring yer ship back in one piece.

The only real criticism I have of these nuggets is that they’re a bit tinier than ye think, and they only come ten to a package.  Ye may be left a little unsatisfied, but the flavor is a big winner.

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Faux Seafood, A Sophie’s Kitchen Adventure

It’s been a while since we’ve written out reviews. Please forgive us, the reviewers have been up to a lot. Rest assured, we have been testing a lot of products and need to find the time to write them up. Stay tuned for more reviews!

Product: Sophie’s Kitchen- Breaded Vegan Coconut ShrimpBreaded Vegan Coconut Shrimp Box

Vegan Shrimp in a bowl

Overall Grade: C+. I wouldn’t recommend this product to non-vegans and would caution vegans in keeping an open mind before buying or tasting this product. The texture is strange. I don’t remember what shrimp tastes or feels like, but it could also have a strange texture. Either way, this product won’t be a regular on my shopping list.

Pros:

  • It is a breaded seafoodless product. There are not many seafood imitations out there.
  • It is different from the other seafoodless products out there. There are “fish fillets” made by other companies, but this is one of the few products that imitates shrimp.
  • It is easy to cook and doesn’t require anything besides putting the shrimp on a tray in the oven.
  • It is gluten free and soy free.

Cons:

  • It is a seafood imitation product. I think there is a reason there isn’t a lot of faux seafood on the market. Seafood tastes and smells strange to many people and this product has an odd squishy texture.
  • I’ve never had coconut shrimp, but I expected to taste the flavor of coconut. The breading was nice, but I didn’t get much of a coconut taste.
  • It is quite greasy. I prepared it in the toaster oven and didn’t add any oil.
  • In order for it to be tasty, I had to make a vegan mayo based sauce and cover it in the sauce.