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Is Mushroom Jerky Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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Chewy, salty and packed full of energy. Mushroom jerky is making big waves in the food space at the moment, but is it vegan?

Making jerky was a traditional (and functional) method of preserving meats practised by native South American tribe, Quechua, in the 1500s. It’s an early method of dehydrating that’s now popular with raw foodists and raw vegans – even if we might omit ‘meat’ from our shopping list.

Mushroom jerky

Mushroom jerky is a deeply savoury and umami snack that’s made from dehydrated mushrooms (shiitake have the best flavour). They are cooked at a very low temperature in ingredients like soy sauce and vinegar with spices like paprika and garlic for a smokey, cooked-over-an-open-fire flavour.

mushroom jerky in a bowl

Photo credits: Mushroom Council

Is mushroom jerky vegan?

Yes, mushroom jerky is suitable for vegans. If you’re making your own, it’s worth checking that the soy and vinegar are vegan-friendly before buying a lifetime supply. 

If this post has got your mouth watering for more vegan jerky, check this out for everything you need to know about buying and making your own plant-based jerky. 

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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