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Title: Vegemite
Post by: Thipu1 on November 19, 2012, 08:43:37 AM
I recently had my first taste

  Spread lightly on a slice of warm toast, the stuff was quite nice but it reminded me of Bovril. In my experience, Bovril is usually used to make a warm drink.  Do Aussies do the same with Vegemite?

I keep thinking of a line from the Men at Work song. 

I made him a Vegemite sandwich'. 
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: hobish on November 19, 2012, 02:17:49 PM

You found vegemite in the US? I really want to try it. My friend picked up a jar in Australia, but to my knowledge it was a keepsake and never opened ... and that was when she worked at the Olymics there, so i doubt it is any kind of tasty anymore.

Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: gingerzing on November 19, 2012, 03:20:41 PM
I have seen Marmite in my grocery store here in Iowa.  (Sort of the British version of Vegemite, or Vegemite is the Aussie version of Marmite, depending on who you talk to)

I tried it once in college (we had a small deli-like restaurant that featured Aussie things like meat pies) ...the smell threw me.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: IslandMama on November 19, 2012, 03:57:18 PM
No, we don't make a hot drink from it.  We have it on toast, we have it on sandwiches (especially good if you add lettuce and sliced cheddar to it, although a friend of mine prefers Jarlsberg) and some of us have been known to eat a small spoon for no good reason other than they wanted Vegemite.  :)  You can put a spoon or so into a soup for a flavour boost, I personally rub it on roast beef before cooking it... a little extra flavour, some nice caramelisation and it gives the pan juice gravy an even better flavour.  :)
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Margo on November 19, 2012, 03:59:34 PM
Yes, you can use marmite to make a hot drink if you want (I wouldn't )

I believe marmite came first. Vegemite started being made when the marmite imports stopped during the war (although I can't now remember if it was WWI or WWII)

Marmite doesn't go off so the Olympic jar would be just fine. (I've just finished a jar which had a use by date of 2002, it was absolutely fine.)

I understand from my US based expat. friends that you can buy it on Amazon, but only in trays of 24 jars at a time, which is quite a commitment!

(and do check YouTube for Amanda Palmer's 'Vegemite (the black death) song)
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: hobish on November 19, 2012, 04:11:15 PM
Yes, you can use marmite to make a hot drink if you want (I wouldn't )

I believe marmite came first. Vegemite started being made when the marmite imports stopped during the war (although I can't now remember if it was WWI or WWII)

Marmite doesn't go off so the Olympic jar would be just fine. (I've just finished a jar which had a use by date of 2002, it was absolutely fine.)

I understand from my US based expat. friends that you can buy it on Amazon, but only in trays of 24 jars at a time, which is quite a commitment!

(and do check YouTube for Amanda Palmer's 'Vegemite (the black death) song)

No kidding. Thanks for the info. I assumed since it was made from yeast it would go bad pretty easily. Shows what i know :)
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Thipu1 on November 19, 2012, 06:48:35 PM
I did not find Vegemite in the USA.

  We were on a cruise ship and one morning, a jar of Vegemite showed up on the breakfast condiment tray.  It was only there for one day but it was a neat thing to find.

  It was very salty but also very tasty.  It reminded me of a concentrated version of 'Gravy Master'.  This is something you add to soups, stews and gravy.  It contains no meat but gives a good punch to meat dishes. 
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: oz diva on November 19, 2012, 07:14:11 PM
The trick with Vegemite is not to treat it like peanut butter, ie don't slather it on the bread. A thin smear is all you need. It is VERY tasty. I love it on white toast with butter and a cup of tea.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: afbluebelle on November 20, 2012, 02:05:55 AM
I like Vegemite now... wasn't so much of a fan when I mistook it for Nutella the first time I tried it. Vegemite is not Nutella :P
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: missmolly on November 20, 2012, 05:14:50 AM
For those who are new to vege/marmite, I humbly suggest this recipe:

http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/SPAGHETTI-WITH-MARMITE-5306 (http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/SPAGHETTI-WITH-MARMITE-5306)

Sounds bizzare but it really works. I think it's great way to introduce newcomers to vegemite while keeping people who've been reared on it, (like me!) rather pleased.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: JonGirl on November 20, 2012, 05:42:35 AM



We only eat vegemite very rarely. We eat jam or peanut butter instead.
You must eat it spread thin, make it thick and it will burn your mouth.  :-X
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Wench on November 20, 2012, 07:27:18 AM
The best and one of the naughtiest ways to eat marmite is on crumpets with lots of butter and a thin to medium spread of marmite.  Some people also like to have cheese with them but butter and marmite is good enough!

I also use marmite as stock but it can be overpowering if you use too much.  I have tried Vegemite but it tasted like slight off marmite to me.  Its a good substitute for marmite though.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Margo on November 20, 2012, 08:00:42 AM
Yes, you can use marmite to make a hot drink if you want (I wouldn't )

I believe marmite came first. Vegemite started being made when the marmite imports stopped during the war (although I can't now remember if it was WWI or WWII)

Marmite doesn't go off so the Olympic jar would be just fine. (I've just finished a jar which had a use by date of 2002, it was absolutely fine.)

I understand from my US based expat. friends that you can buy it on Amazon, but only in trays of 24 jars at a time, which is quite a commitment!

(and do check YouTube for Amanda Palmer's 'Vegemite (the black death) song)

No kidding. Thanks for the info. I assumed since it was made from yeast it would go bad pretty easily. Shows what i know :)

It's made from yeast, but is very salty. I guess the salt acts as a preservative.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: gingerzing on November 20, 2012, 08:06:40 AM
I like Vegemite now... wasn't so much of a fan when I mistook it for Nutella the first time I tried it. Vegemite is not Nutella :P

 :o
Yikes!  no, it isn't nutella.   :P
LOL
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: CakeEater on November 23, 2012, 01:16:05 AM
Aussie here. Actually, my grandmother used to make cups of hot vegemite. I remember her drinking it when I was a child. Hot water with a teaspoon of vegemite stirred through. I believe it was some kind of thing to drink when you were ill and couldn't eat.

I like it on toast with margarine. A thin smear as recommended earlier.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Shotochick on November 23, 2012, 11:43:20 AM
Another Aussie here....I like it on toast with lots of butter (or on a sandwich with peanut butter and no butter at all!)

I dont like drinking it, although my Mum and Grandmother do, but I DO use it instead of a stockcube in gravy and meatloaf!
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: amandaelizabeth on November 23, 2012, 04:23:31 PM
A kiwi here.  We have a crisis in the land of the long white cloud.  The second Christchurch earthquake destroyed the factory that makes Marmite (which is not the same as British Marmite).  It is know as marmageddon.  Now if you want marmite on your toast commonly with thin sliced tomato, you are plum out of luck.  I found a cafe with supplies of marmite and drive right across Auckland for breakfast once a week, just to indulge myself.  And no I am not going to reveal which one it is.

Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Brisvegasgal on November 24, 2012, 04:43:17 AM
Marmageddon! Hilarious! But for a while I thought that someone had outlawed the purchase of Marmite in Australia.  I hope Christchurch continues to recover from the quake...and that Marmite is back on the shelves soon.

I don't eat Vegemite but my son has on bread, no butter for school lunch most days. My sister uses it to help mouth ulcers (I have no idea how this helps but she swears by it) and she puts it in savoury mince.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Julian on November 24, 2012, 03:00:31 PM
I have long held the theory that vegemite is an addictive substance.   

We start off small children with a tiny smear on toast fingers, gradually building up to more aggressive dosages as we get older.

I love vegemite on fresh white bread, with thick butter and absolutely thick, black splodges of vegemite.  Yum!  Unfortunately I really can't eat bread these days, so a small indulgence in good ol' vegemite is a rare treat.  Cruskits work to deliver the required hit.

I've tried Marmite, it's just not the same, the taste is different and nowhere near as aggressive as vegemite. 

My ex loves vegemite and banana sandwiches.  No, sorry, I could never go there...  but it is great to add to roasts, crockpots, savoury mince dishes etc.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: cabbageweevil on November 24, 2012, 03:59:37 PM
I've tried Marmite, it's just not the same, the taste is different and nowhere near as aggressive as vegemite. 

A Brit posting here -- I've tried Vegemite, and considered it to be like a slightly feeble and "watered-down" version of British Marmite. Obviously, people's mileages vary, and "de gustibus" -- it would seem that you, Julian, find the exact opposite to be the case, from me.

And amandaelizabeth writes of the New Zealand version of Marmite -- "(which is not the same as British Marmite). It is known as marmageddon."

From that context, I take it than NZ marmite is stronger-and-fiercer than British. Don't reckon it would be to my taste -- for me, the British variety would seem to be just right.

(I suspect that the French would think all of us, and our various yeast spreads, totally mad.)
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Shotochick on November 25, 2012, 03:15:47 AM
And amandaelizabeth writes of the New Zealand version of Marmite -- "(which is not the same as British Marmite). It is known as marmageddon."

From that context, I take it than NZ marmite is stronger-and-fiercer than British. Don't reckon it would be to my taste -- for me, the British variety would seem to be just right.

I think Marmageddon is more that the Kiwis cant get any homebrewed stash since the earthquake destroyed the factory.....its on par to the All Blacks not winning a TriNations.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: cabbageweevil on November 25, 2012, 05:54:27 AM
And amandaelizabeth writes of the New Zealand version of Marmite -- "(which is not the same as British Marmite). It is known as marmageddon."

From that context, I take it than NZ marmite is stronger-and-fiercer than British. Don't reckon it would be to my taste -- for me, the British variety would seem to be just right.

I think Marmageddon is more that the Kiwis cant get any homebrewed stash since the earthquake destroyed the factory.....its on par to the All Blacks not winning a TriNations.

Thanks -- I get it now; I failed, earlier, to notice Brisvegasgal's post. (Scenarios envisaged of -- while the factory is out of action -- people trying to make their own: illicit Marmite stills operating deep in the bush -- a bad batch can make you blind or delirious...)
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Shotochick on November 25, 2012, 01:04:19 PM
[Thanks -- I get it now; I failed, earlier, to notice Brisvegasgal's post. (Scenarios envisaged of -- while the factory is out of action -- people trying to make their own: illicit Marmite stills operating deep in the bush -- a bad batch can make you blind or delirious...)

I just spluttered my tea all over my laptop. I wish they would distill something like that...and give it to the All Blacks....so the Wallabies can get some silverware again!
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Julian on November 25, 2012, 08:44:02 PM
I've tried Marmite, it's just not the same, the taste is different and nowhere near as aggressive as vegemite. 

A Brit posting here -- I've tried Vegemite, and considered it to be like a slightly feeble and "watered-down" version of British Marmite. Obviously, people's mileages vary, and "de gustibus" -- it would seem that you, Julian, find the exact opposite to be the case, from me.

And amandaelizabeth writes of the New Zealand version of Marmite -- "(which is not the same as British Marmite). It is known as marmageddon."

From that context, I take it than NZ marmite is stronger-and-fiercer than British. Don't reckon it would be to my taste -- for me, the British variety would seem to be just right.

(I suspect that the French would think all of us, and our various yeast spreads, totally mad.)

I haven't tried British Marmite, just the Aussie version.  Maybe it's different again.  It was definitely rather bland in comparison.

Hmm this opens up the option of a World Marmite Tasting Tour - who's in?   >:D
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: cabbageweevil on November 26, 2012, 06:20:54 AM
World Marmite Tasting Tour -- great idea !  I wonder what other parts of the British Commonwealth have their own versions... southern Africa?  India? -- no, I suspect it wouldn't be quite their thing...
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Elisabunny on December 02, 2012, 03:49:56 PM
World Marmite Tasting Tour -- great idea !  I wonder what other parts of the British Commonwealth have their own versions... southern Africa?  India? -- no, I suspect it wouldn't be quite their thing...

Curried marmite?
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: cabbageweevil on December 03, 2012, 08:58:31 AM
World Marmite Tasting Tour -- great idea !  I wonder what other parts of the British Commonwealth have their own versions... southern Africa?  India? -- no, I suspect it wouldn't be quite their thing...

Curried marmite?

Camellia Panjabi in her book "Fifty Great Curries of India", includes a recipe for "creamy potato curry" which does the seemingly unlikely thing of bringing Cheddar cheese into Indian cuisine. This dish is claimed to be the invention of a chef, of radical and innovative genius, based in Lucknow. I'd think that if anybody could do the same for Marmite, it would be this guy !
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: #borecore on December 03, 2012, 09:52:58 AM
I see Marmite and Vegemite both at our big international grocer (in the British aisle; there's not a separate English-speaking Pacific nations aisle) in Texas and at the national chain Cost Plus/World Market. I have seen Vegemite at our regular, large grocer and health food stores occasionally.

I have never tried it because I figure that with all my condiments filling my shelves, there's no need to add another.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: amandaelizabeth on December 04, 2012, 03:23:12 AM
See, no marmite in kiwi land and  the All Blacks lose to the English.   Alas and lack a day. 
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: amandaelizabeth on January 07, 2013, 07:31:32 PM
Picture in our paper this morning showing a cafe door with the following notice

                        'No marmite or cash kept on the premises'

Things are getting desperate over here.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Shotochick on January 08, 2013, 01:57:09 AM
Amanda you cracked ,me up - I spat tea!
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Snooks on January 08, 2013, 07:58:58 AM
I haven't had marmite in a long time and now I really want some.  Word to the wise - marmite cheddar cheese is not the same as a cheese and marmite sandwich.  I don't know how they took two great things that compliment each other and made them into one horrible thing that's only fit for the bin.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: cabbageweevil on January 08, 2013, 03:15:06 PM
Marmite and cheese (two excellent things in their own right) in any way combined?  Sorry, but to me -- in words from one of my favourite sci-fi novel series, uttered by the hero's rather dim sidekick when confronted with a particularly weird feat of genetic engineering: "Now that is just wrong".
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Snooks on January 08, 2013, 04:17:27 PM
Cheese and marmite sandwich = good (and fairly common I thought)
Marmite cheese sandwich = oh so nasty
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: NestHolder on January 08, 2013, 05:15:59 PM
Marmite - awesome stuff.  I've certainly made a hot drink from hot water and a spoonful of Marmite, it's quite comforting when one has a cold.  Didn't care for Vegemite, which I seem to recall tasting as 'not quite as good as Marmite'.  A bit like having 'blackcurrant squash' instead of Ribena.

In a side note, I attribute to my consumption of Marmite the fact that mosquitos avoid me and bite my husband instead. 
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: cabbageweevil on January 09, 2013, 04:02:30 PM
Marmite-related weird things: at Christmas not just-gone, but the one before, my brother discovered Marmite-flavoured chocolate, and out of curiosity, bought us a bar apiece.  Some seemingly-bizarre things can be done with chocolate, but they nevertheless "work" -- who'd have imagined dark chocolate with chilli? -- but he and I agreed (and he's more adventurous then me food-wise) that the Marmite job was, for us, not one of those. It seemed just peculiar; though made with dark chocolate, when actually eating it, it somehow tasted more like milk chocolate, with only the faintest awareness of Marmite. Subsequently, there was a strong Marmite aftertaste; in a not totally pleasant way, we agreed -- though we both like Marmite. For brother and me -- others' mileages could well vary -- something which might have had possibilities, but didn't really make the cut.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Katana_Geldar on January 09, 2013, 05:11:15 PM
I've tried Marmite and I found it way too sweet to my taste.

But yes, I was fought up in Vegemite. It's great to have on toast when you are hungover or sick. If I am sick and need something I always ask for Vege on toast and its sure to perk you up.

My nan used to use it in her gravy. My Dad used to have the stock cube and Vege thing. But spread it thin! I don't have mine very thing, but it does burn your mouth if you aren't used to it.

How thick your Vegemite is is very much a personal thing,
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: amandaelizabeth on January 21, 2013, 07:42:45 PM
oooh Hallelujah, thank goodness

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10860726

Look for more cheerful postings from me after February, and improved performance from the All Blacks.  However even this joyful news will not rescue the Black Caps, our national cricket team.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: WithoutIssue on February 05, 2013, 02:32:42 AM
oooh Hallelujah, thank goodness

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10860726

Look for more cheerful postings from me after February, and improved performance from the All Blacks.  However even this joyful news will not rescue the Black Caps, our national cricket team.

Black Caps did, surprisingly, beat SA in the one day series! Never mind that failed Mayan prophecy this could be the true harbinger of doom!
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: amandaelizabeth on February 05, 2013, 03:41:04 AM
Still no marmite and Kenya won the wellington 7's.  Doom indeed.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Leafy on February 08, 2013, 03:01:32 AM
I like Vegemite now... wasn't so much of a fan when I mistook it for Nutella the first time I tried it. Vegemite is not Nutella :P

Yes, vegemite definitely needs to be treated differently to nutella. I remember when I was about 5 years old I whinged to my mum that she never gave me enough vegemite so she let me spread it myself. I slathered it on like nutella. The pain of pretending that there was nothing wrong while eating my way through that lives with me still.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Amara on February 08, 2013, 01:48:08 PM
So, Australian e-Hellions, is the Kraft version available on Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/Kraft-Vegemite-400g-Jar/dp/B002O10K6C ) a good one to use? (Kraft makes our infamous Cheez Whiz, I think, so that tells ya a lot.) Or is there another name I should look for?
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Julian on February 08, 2013, 07:52:44 PM
Hi Amara

Kraft is THE vegemite.  So if you're feeling brave, go for it!

(Hint - hot buttered toast, just a wee smear of vegemite to start with.  Barely darken the toast.  It's how we get our kids addicted as toddlers!)
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Amara on February 08, 2013, 08:32:06 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Snooks on February 09, 2013, 02:05:42 PM
I like Vegemite now... wasn't so much of a fan when I mistook it for Nutella the first time I tried it. Vegemite is not Nutella :P

Yes, vegemite definitely needs to be treated differently to nutella. I remember when I was about 5 years old I whinged to my mum that she never gave me enough vegemite so she let me spread it myself. I slathered it on like nutella. The pain of pretending that there was nothing wrong while eating my way through that lives with me still.

My mum did the same to me with Marmite.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Bottlecaps on February 09, 2013, 03:10:21 PM
I like Vegemite now... wasn't so much of a fan when I mistook it for Nutella the first time I tried it. Vegemite is not Nutella :P

Yes, vegemite definitely needs to be treated differently to nutella. I remember when I was about 5 years old I whinged to my mum that she never gave me enough vegemite so she let me spread it myself. I slathered it on like nutella. The pain of pretending that there was nothing wrong while eating my way through that lives with me still.

My mum did the same to me with Marmite.

I'm in the U.S. and was under the impression for the longest time that Vegemite & Marmite and Nutella were similar products. I have yet to try Vegemite, but I'm so glad that here a few weeks ago I found out that they're not the same, before I try Vegemite - lest I would have ended up in the same predicament.  :P
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: ellasaunt on March 07, 2013, 11:04:23 AM
amandaelizabeth - any sign of Marmite yet? I flew home to NZ for Christmas (about as far south as you can go) and was truly dismayed to find there was NO Marmite. I live in Europe now, and can categorically say that English Marmite and our black gold are not the same thing. I am really craving the taste of white toast, butter and a good helping of Marmite.......
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Zilla on March 07, 2013, 11:13:50 AM
Funny this came up today.  We recently found Marmite and we all love it.  We buy a tub of butter, bring it to room temperature and add marmite to it and mix well.  Chill.  And that's our "toast" butter.


I also made Marmite Chicken, OMIGOSH (sorry for yelling) but man was that the best tasting chicken.  I also made Marmite bread boule.  Also tasty.  We have succumbed to the Marmite side.  :D   I need to find vegemite here now to try it.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Julian on March 07, 2013, 06:31:35 PM
Zilla, a former colleague swears by the vegemite and cold roast beef sandwich - he thought it gave the 'middle meat' the taste of the scrumptious ends of the roast.

Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: amandaelizabeth on March 07, 2013, 10:09:33 PM
No sign of marmite yet.  They promised it for february, and i spent a morning chasing a truck through the Auckland motorway system, after thinking it had some on board.  Alas no.  Now they say it will be the middle of March.  I have lost hope. 

Still our cricket team performance has picked up, so it is not all bad news.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: amandaelizabeth on March 20, 2013, 09:03:25 PM
Yipee guess what I bought today.  Yes marmite is back in the supermarket.  If I could get the photo from the phone to here I would show you a whole shelf full of marmite.  Apparently it was in store on Tuesday but embargoed until yesterday.  So guess what I am having for lunch.  I have bought the Vogel's and the tomato is sliced and ready................
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: ellasaunt on March 31, 2013, 11:31:54 AM
Great news!!! My address is....... :)
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Clarissa on April 05, 2013, 01:48:55 PM
I'm British, and I've always thought that Vegemite is an Aussie version of marmite. To me, bovril is a drink. Marmite is to spread thinly on toast, and bovril is a similar tasting hot drink. They used to sell bovril drinks at football matches. It's been a while since I've been to one, they may still do so.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: blahblahblah on April 10, 2013, 04:00:52 PM
I recently tried vegemite for the first time. I was at a B&B at the time, and the owner advised me of the "correct" way to use it, so I didn't make the same mistake as many others have done in spreading it too thickly. So I just had a very thin scrape on a piece of toast. To me, it just tasted...salty. I couldn't really get much of a read on it other than that. When I said so, the B&B owner said, "Yeah, that's essentially what vegemite is. It's salty."

And it was pretty dang salty even with just that thin scrape, I can imagine the unpleasant surprise that would have awaited me if I had spread it on like peanut butter. The B&B owner told me a story of someone who mistook the brown paste for chocolate and actually put an entire spoonful in his mouth at once. Poor guy.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: kitkatswing on April 10, 2013, 07:35:29 PM
Best use for vegemite?

Poached eggs, instead of using salt or anything, spread a little on your toast before plopping your egg on top.. Its devine!!!

Oh and avocado and vegemite on toast... delish......
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: katycoo on April 10, 2013, 07:45:13 PM
I recently tried vegemite for the first time. I was at a B&B at the time, and the owner advised me of the "correct" way to use it, so I didn't make the same mistake as many others have done in spreading it too thickly. So I just had a very thin scrape on a piece of toast. To me, it just tasted...salty. I couldn't really get much of a read on it other than that. When I said so, the B&B owner said, "Yeah, that's essentially what vegemite is. It's salty."

And it was pretty dang salty even with just that thin scrape, I can imagine the unpleasant surprise that would have awaited me if I had spread it on like peanut butter. The B&B owner told me a story of someone who mistook the brown paste for chocolate and actually put an entire spoonful in his mouth at once. Poor guy.

Did you butter the toast before putting the vegemite on?
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Zilla on April 11, 2013, 10:11:56 AM
The trick with Vegemite is not to treat it like peanut butter, ie don't slather it on the bread. A thin smear is all you need. It is VERY tasty. I love it on white toast with butter and a cup of tea.


We blend butter with marmite and keep it for our toast in the morning.  It's quite delicious. 
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: blahblahblah on April 11, 2013, 01:25:58 PM
I recently tried vegemite for the first time. I was at a B&B at the time, and the owner advised me of the "correct" way to use it, so I didn't make the same mistake as many others have done in spreading it too thickly. So I just had a very thin scrape on a piece of toast. To me, it just tasted...salty. I couldn't really get much of a read on it other than that. When I said so, the B&B owner said, "Yeah, that's essentially what vegemite is. It's salty."

And it was pretty dang salty even with just that thin scrape, I can imagine the unpleasant surprise that would have awaited me if I had spread it on like peanut butter. The B&B owner told me a story of someone who mistook the brown paste for chocolate and actually put an entire spoonful in his mouth at once. Poor guy.

Did you butter the toast before putting the vegemite on?
Yes. The B&B owner said that that was the best way to eat it.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Katana_Geldar on April 11, 2013, 05:19:20 PM
I love it on crumpets, but I also like crumpets with honey or peanut butter, DH insists that vegemite is the only thing worth having on crumpets.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: EllenS on April 11, 2013, 05:36:08 PM
I found Marmite in the "imports" section of a local grocery store (in the US).  They had things like Typhoo tea, and Hob-Nobs as well (I LUVs me some Hob-Nobs)

I wanted to try it because I had read that it is an excellent source of B vitamins, and my dd had been looking peaky.  I gave it to the kids very thinly spread on top of buttered Saltine crackers.  They liked it all right, but do not ask for it.

I also have snuck it into various kinds of gravy and stew, which I think really "deepened" the flavor of the broth.  It reminded me of the drippings from a beef roast, when they have been caramelized.  It is very salty, but also savory/meaty, or I think like the flavor called "Umami"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umami
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: katycoo on April 11, 2013, 06:11:25 PM
I love it on crumpets, but I also like crumpets with honey or peanut butter, DH insists that vegemite is the only thing worth having on crumpets.

PB is my favourite on crumpets.  I'm not a big honey person.

Vegemite need butter under it on toast or english muffins or else its too dry, because it doesn't 'melt'.
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: amandaelizabeth on April 11, 2013, 08:04:38 PM
Marmite goes well with raw vegetables.  Now it is back  on the shelves, I dip carrots and celery in it, and have a low calorie snack.  If you are making a beef pie try adding a tsp of marmite.  My daughter loves it under cheese in a toasted sandwich, and my husband adds a smigeon to baked beans.

Makes me wonder how on earth we survived without it. 
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Bluenomi on April 11, 2013, 08:23:52 PM
I love it on crumpets, but I also like crumpets with honey or peanut butter, DH insists that vegemite is the only thing worth having on crumpets.

Noooooo! You never have vegemite on crumpts, they are for sweet things like jam or honey. English muffins or toast for vegemite. (Can you tell I have a thing about that)
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Katana_Geldar on April 11, 2013, 09:31:45 PM
But crumpets with Vege is sooooooo good!

Ok, I'm getting some crumpets later so DH and I can have Vege in them.

I also have had crumpets with cottage cheese. Yum!
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Waterlight on April 12, 2013, 05:22:23 PM
OK, I bought a jar of Marmite at the grocery store last night after reading this discussion and had some on buttered toast this morning for a midmorning snack.  I wasn't sure I'd like it--I'd tried Vegemite once about 15 years ago and I think I might've used too much then.

But 1/2 teaspoon of Marmite on buttered toast = perfect!
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: amandaelizabeth on April 12, 2013, 10:38:29 PM
Add some slices of thinly sliced tomato for true perfection
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: Waterlight on April 14, 2013, 02:58:12 PM
Add some slices of thinly sliced tomato for true perfection

Tried this today... and POD!  Thanks for the recommendation!

P.S.  This Marmite stuff is addictive!
Title: Re: Vegemite
Post by: amandaelizabeth on April 14, 2013, 06:22:24 PM
Glad to bring you over to the dark side.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rxMNq3IYAw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m12_Qwc-4SI

Next thing you know you will be cheering for the All Blacks.