Aussies love it, overseas tourists hate it, but trying vegemite is a cultural experience that is a must-do.
Vegemite is devoid of sugar, fat, chemicals, artificial flavoring, and color. It resembles Nutella in appearance, but the taste is quite different. Vegemite has a salty, bitter, malty, and glutamate-rich flavor that is comparable to beef bouillon.
The flavor might vary depending on how you consume it. Obviously, if you consume the spread on its own, it will taste a lot bitter than if you eat it with a cheese sandwich.
So how should vegemite be eaten?
Many tourists make the mistake of layering on a thick glob of the spread when they eat it for the first time. All in all, the spread is an acquired taste; you need to ease into it to appreciate it for its unique and strong flavor.
What is vegemite?
We know many questions are running through your mind right now, like what is vegemite and why are Aussies so obsessed with it? To answer your question, Vegemite is a thick paste formed from brewer’s yeast that has been blended with vegetable and spice additions.
Cyril Callister invented vegemite in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1992. Australians purchased the brand in January 2017.
How to store vegemite
You can keep vegemite on the shelf as it does not need to be refrigerated. Then, when you’re done using it, simply store it in a pantry or cabinet out of bright sunlight.
In practice, a darker location is preferable for foodstuff because the sun may cause the item to overheat. Therefore, a closed cabinet or cupboard is preferable to open shelves.
If you prefer your Vegemite cold, place the jar in the refrigerator. While Vegemite does not need to be refrigerated, some individuals prefer it cold. If you want to keep your Vegemite cold, store it in the refrigerator rather than the cabinet.
How can you tell if vegemite has gone bad
On the box, look for an expiry date. If there is no date, the producer of Vegemite advises against consuming the product. To see whether your Vegemite is still good or not, look at the date stamped on the bottom of the jar. If it isn’t, you should think about replacing it.
Visually inspect the color to ensure it is the expected dark brown. If your Vegemite has passed its expiration date, open it, and check inside. If there were any crumbs in the Vegemite, little discolored specks might appear as the crumbs mold. So keep an eye out for that too.
Lastly, check to see if the Vegemite smells gritty and yeasty. Any changes in odor indicate that the jar is past its consumption days.
Dishes with vegemite
Vegemite is commonly served on buttered toast. However, due to its powerful flavor, only a tiny quantity of Vegemite is used. Two pieces of toasted bread, Vegemite, and cheese typically make up a Vegemite sandwich, although you can include other items like cabbage, avocado, and tomatoes.
It may be used as a stuffing for pastries like the cheesy mite scroll and in more creative recipes. Vegemite has a strong flavor and is intended to spread, so don’t eat it plain.
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