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Thread: Marmite or Vegemite? Yuck is not a valid response.

  1. #1 Marmite or Vegemite? Yuck is not a valid response. 
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    I've eaten Marmite on toast many, many times. I like it a lot. My wife hates it. Here in the US it is rather expensive -- shipping costs and all. I would like to try Vegemite but I don't want to waste the money if it tastes just like Marmite. OK, who out there has had both? Opinions?

    OK, OK. Those that have tried Marmite and hated it can chime in too.


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    I've never tried Vegemite, but I have tried Marmite.
    Since "Yuck" has been deemed a non-valid response I'll just say "Blecchh".


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    I know it's about jam not Marmite but the use of "Blecchh" in context.

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    The taste is very similar.

    I've only ever had Marmite a couple of times, (don't recall if I've ever had Promite). And that was more than 50 years ago.

    So I'm not in much of a position to advise on such an experiment with a committed marmitaholic. I have Vegemite regularly with breakfast toast. Love the stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    I know it's about jam not Marmite but the use of "Blecchh" in context.

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    There are dozens of YouTube videos in the same vein. Not many people like Marmite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    The taste is very similar.

    I've only ever had Marmite a couple of times, (don't recall if I've ever had Promite). And that was more than 50 years ago.

    So I'm not in much of a position to advise on such an experiment with a committed marmitaholic. I have Vegemite regularly with breakfast toast. Love the stuff.
    I guess I will get me some Vegemite. It doesn't cost any more (here in the US) than Marmite.

    ETA: Just ordered two 220g jars from Amazon. I'll post my taste test results in a few days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PumaMan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    I know it's about jam not Marmite but the use of "Blecchh" in context.

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    There are dozens of YouTube videos in the same vein. Not many people like Marmite.
    Kiwis prefer Marmite by far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PumaMan View Post
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    The taste is very similar.

    I've only ever had Marmite a couple of times, (don't recall if I've ever had Promite). And that was more than 50 years ago.

    So I'm not in much of a position to advise on such an experiment with a committed marmitaholic. I have Vegemite regularly with breakfast toast. Love the stuff.
    I guess I will get me some Vegemite. It doesn't cost any more (here in the US) than Marmite.

    ETA: Just ordered two 220g jars from Amazon. I'll post my taste test results in a few days.
    The most common mistake made by first-timers is to slather it on as if it were marmalade or peanut butter. If you do that, you'll never give it a second try. Think thin. Monatomically thin.

    Those two (!) jars will last a good, long time.
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    Having tried both Marmite and stout, I rate them about the same on the "Acquired Taste" Scale¹, although stout will leave you a wee bit drifty. However, too much of both will have you praying to the porcelain god.

    Perhaps the best way to enjoy Marmite with toast is to eat the toast while looking at a jar of unopened Marmite from a distance, perhaps using binoculars or a telescope. Better still, eat your toast while glaring suspiciously at a photograph of Justus von Liebig, below, who invented Marmite (and also Oxo beef bouillon cubes). You can see what this stuff has done to his hair.


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    British Marmite, the original and best. (Called "Our Mate" in New Zealand.)

    Kiwi and Aussie "Marmite/Vegemite" is some vile black paste.

    A spoonful of British Marmite dissolved in a cup of hot water also makes a tasty salty broth. Yum!
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    Apparently the Southern Pacific Marmite has a significantly different recipe than the British (read rest-of-the-world) Marmite. Go figure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daecon View Post
    British Marmite, the original and best. (Called "Our Mate" in New Zealand.)

    Kiwi and Aussie "Marmite/Vegemite" is some vile black paste.

    A spoonful of British Marmite dissolved in a cup of hot water also makes a tasty salty broth. Yum!
    When I was growing up a large teaspoon of Vegemite was a universal ingredient that cooks used to darken the colour or the flavour of gravies and casseroles.

    A few decades later I realised that it served much the same purpose as dark soy sauce does. Salty, fermented, rich non-meat taste, must always be used sparingly.
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    I don't like Marmite itself much, I prefer Bovril. Apparently some British people stir a spoon full into some boiling water for a drink....
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    Marmite is a by-product of beer brewing

    As tk421 said, if you've not tried Marmite, the secret is to only have a very very thin layer. Try a doorstep of good quality fresh white bread, thin layer of butter, even thinner layer of Marmite - just a hint really is all you need.

    It's so good you will have to make another slice straight after.....


    Marmite is also very good for adding salt and 'depth' to veggie stews.

    The New Zealand version apparently has sugar and caramel added, now that sounds 'Yuck!' to me !


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    I received my Vegemite in the mail today so I made two pieces of toast, spread it on thin (just like I do with Marmite) and . . . it looks, smells, spreads, and tastes about the same. It is very good. I haven't had any Marmite in a few months. Just before I run out of this Vegemite I'll order some Marmite so I can do a side-by-side taste test.

    Boy, this is kind of a boring subject, isn't it?
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    I just read through this thread, and now I am off to make some toast with Marmite. Lovely!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PumaMan View Post
    Boy, this is kind of a boring subject, isn't it?

    No, on the contrary, food and drink is a very interesting subject !





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    They have ethnic food sections at my local Meijer. The "British" section is laughable, but they do have Marmite. I've always wanted to try it, but they never give out samples and I'm not paying $5 for a jar of something that tastes like jellied anus.
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    The rule I use when having Marmite on bread is that I always use three times as much butter as the amount of Marmite I'm going to have.

    So, however much butter you usually have on bread, use only a third as much Marmite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    a jar of something that tastes like jellied anus.
    I might like jellied anus. I'm quite fond of baked bunker fish and fried skank.
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    What is this Vegemite or Marmite stuff made from?
    It doesn't sound very appetizing to me if you need to spread it so thin you can't taste it.
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    Oh you can taste it, that's the point. It's very strong-flavoured.

    A common mistake people make is to assume it isn't very strong, so their first taste is overwhelming and it puts them off.

    It's made from yeast, it's a yeast extract with added salt. (Unless you live in New Zealand, then they add sugar as well because they add sugar to bloody EVERYTHING here, sweet or savoury.)
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    (Unless you live in New Zealand, then they add sugar as well because they add sugar to bloody EVERYTHING here, sweet or savoury.)
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    Nope, both my housemate and I are from the UK and we often joke amongst ourselves that to make a Kiwi version of a British food you just add sugar.
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    Anyone tried this? Looks good . . . .

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    That's weird. If I used that I'd be constantly worried that I hadn't cleaned my teeth after breakfast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    That's weird. If I used that I'd be constantly worried that I hadn't cleaned my teeth after breakfast.
    I thought it was fake, fotoshopped or something, but it's real. Sounds perfectly awful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrmonroe View Post
    Having tried both Marmite and stout, I rate them about the same on the "Acquired Taste" Scale
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    Burn the witch.

    There's nothing wrong with the taste of Gwins Gwines Gunss Guinness.
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    I discovered last week that it's now possible to buy chocolate that has Guinness "centres".
    A bar of "liqueur chocolates" with a Guinness centre.
    Doesn't taste right at all.
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