General FAQs

Which Cauldron products are suitable for a vegan diet?

The vast majority of our product range is now suitable for vegans. Our Organic Tofu, Organic Marinated Tofu, Middle Eastern Falafels, Persian Falafels, Indian Koftas, frozen Mediterranean Sausages and frozen Aduki Bean Melt are all certified vegan by the Vegetarian Society.

A few of our products are not suitable for vegans. Cauldron Moroccan Falafels are made from an authentic recipe and therefore contain honey, making them incompatible with some vegan diets. Our vegetarian Lincolnshire and Cumberland Sausages are also unsuitable for a vegan diet as they contain milk and eggs. Our Sicilian Arancini also contain milk.

Why don’t you make your vegetarian sausages vegan?

The Cauldron mission is to produce high protein plant-based food that’s full of flavour and offers great texture, providing the best eating experience possible. With this ethos in mind, we found that removing the whey from our vegetarian sausages negatively affected their texture. We experimented by replacing certain ingredients with others, but a professional taste panel concluded the overall quality and flavour would be compromised.

We know these products are a firm favourite amongst vegetarians and general food fans alike, and as such are often deeply missed by those who have recently switched to a vegan lifestyle. Rest assured, we will continue to explore other options and seek to expand our vegan range with ever more great tasting foods!

Why don’t you make all your products vegan?

We’re committed to creating a wide variety of great-tasting alternatives to meat. We want to make exciting foods that deliver – above all else – flavour, flexibility and satisfaction. So whether you’re flexitarian, pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan or simply a fan of great tasting food, we’re here to help you live the life you want to live.

In the past few years, we have made an extra special effort to vastly expand the amount of vegan options we have available – we know a lot of you appreciate this direction. We realise we can’t please everyone all of the time, but we’ll always do our best to offer delicious foods that complement and enhance as many lifestyles as possible.

We want to keep bringing you more and more exciting plant-based foods, and it’s our conversation with you that guides us. We’ll always take your feedback on board – we respect all opinions, viewpoints and dietary decisions. You help us choose which directions we’re going to expand into. We’re here, and we’re listening.

Are any Cauldron products gluten-free / wheat free?

Our Organic Tofu and our Organic Marinated Tofu pieces both have no gluten containing ingredients. We’re very aware that gluten-free products are growing in popularity and people are very interested in finding great tasting foods that meet their specific dietary requirements.

Are Cauldron products free from nuts?

Yes. All our products are manufactured on nut-free sites.

Do Cauldron products contain trans or hydrogenated fats?

We do not use hydrogenated fat in Cauldron products. Very small amounts of trans fat do occur naturally in dairy ingredients, this is unavoidable – so only products containing cheese and milk protein etc. will contain minute traces of naturally occurring trans fat.

Do Cauldron products contain any genetically modified ingredients?

The entire Cauldron range is produced from non-GMO ingredients. The soya beans in all our tofu products are non-GMO approved in the UK or their country of origin.

Do any Cauldron products contain palm oil?

All our current products are free from palm oil.

Where can I buy Cauldron products?

Cauldron products are available from all leading supermarkets and health food stores, including Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Ocado. The range will vary from store to store, so please refer to individual supermarket websites for more details.

Why can’t I find Cauldron products in my local store?

We’d love to be stocked in every supermarket in the country, but it’s not always that simple – especially when it comes to smaller stores! If you’re really keen to see a Cauldron product in your local shop, please ask if they would consider stocking it. If the demand is high enough, it’s more likely our products will be stocked there in future.

Are Cauldron products available outside the UK?

The short answer is no, though some of our products are available in the Republic of Ireland. We’d love our products to be available further afield in future!

Can I sell Cauldron products in my cafe or independent store?

Yes – we’d love to help you with that! For more information, you can email us via customer.services@cauldronfoods.co.uk

Can I recycle the packaging from Cauldron products?

Yes, most of our product packaging is recyclable. The only item that is not recyclable is the film lid that seals our Organic Original Tofu (which we are looking into changing). Our goal is to have 100% recyclable packaging across 100% of our products in the near future.

Do you still make the smoked tofu / mushroom pâté / chilli burgers? I can’t find them anywhere!

We often get asked about these favourites from the past! The bad news is, these products are no longer manufactured. The good news, however, is we’re always experimenting in the kitchen – we spend huge amounts of time researching, cooking and testing, fine-tuning tastes and textures along the way. Look out for new product launches on our social media channels, and you can always see our full product range at a glance right here on our website.

What do I do if I have a problem with a Cauldron product I’ve bought?

If you’re not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you can send us a message on Facebook, tweet us, or get in touch via our contact page. If there’s an issue with your product, we’ll do our best to investigate and get the matter resolved for you ASAP. It’s always useful for us if you have a photograph if the specific issue, along with a picture of the packaging with the best before date.

Remember – if you’re ever unhappy with of one of our products, for whatever reason, let us know. We take all criticisms and complaints very seriously.

How many syns are in Cauldron products?

We don’t calculate the syns for our own products, but if you are signed up to Weight Watchers or Slimming World, their apps should be able to work this out for you. If not, we suggest contacting a member of their team to look into it for you.

How can I get hold of all the latest Cauldron recipes?

We strive to put together new and interesting vegetarian and vegan recipes on a regular basis for as many people to enjoy as possible – thousands upon thousands have already signed up to our monthly email to make sure they always have the latest dishes waiting in their inbox. Sign up today and you’ll receive free digital copies of our three inspiring cookbooks.

Tofu FAQs

What kinds of tofu do Cauldron make?

We offer two distinct tofu products – Organic Tofu and Organic Marinated Tofu. Our Organic Tofu comes in the form of an extra firm block that needs pressing before use. A blank canvas that’s ready to absorb flavours, it’s incredibly versatile and suited to a wide variety of dishes.

Our Organic Marinated Tofu pieces are made with convenience in mind. Marinated in garlic and ginger, they can be eaten straight from the packet or thrown into a stir-fry and warmed through.

What is tofu?

Tofu is fast becoming recognised across the globe as an extremely versatile food, an excellent source of protein and a provider of many health benefits. A staple of Asian cuisine for hundreds of years, it’s known for its chameleon-like qualities and nutritional value.

Tofu is made from organic soya beans, water and a coagulant (or curdling agent). The soya beans are mature versions of the green ones found in edamame pods; later in their lifecycle they change colour and become perfect for manufacturing tofu. Low in saturated fats, tofu is also high in both protein and calcium. The soya beans in tofu team up with antioxidants – scientifically proven to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Soya bean based protein is one of the few plant-based proteins that contains all the essential amino acids we need to stay healthy.

All our tofu products are made from 100% organic soya beans and are non-GMO verified. Find out more about tofu in our handy guide.

How is tofu made?

Tofu is made by soaking soya beans and extracting their milk. The fresh soya milk is then curdled, pressed into a solid block and cooled – a very similar method to producing dairy cheese. The tofu is then cut into smaller blocks and packaged along with water. Once it has been sealed, weighed and dated, it’s ready for the supermarket.

Are the soya beans used in your tofu sustainable?

Yes. Our suppliers have long term agreements with growers in Canada, China and Europe, sourced from strict sustainable areas where the beans must be grown in ways that are organically, ecologically and ethically good.

What is the calcium content of tofu?

Cauldron Organic Tofu contains approximately 400mg of calcium per 100g. A 100g serving would provide 40% of your recommended daily amount.

How do I prepare tofu?

Depending on your recipe, you may need to drain and press your tofu before cooking with it. We recommend pressing the tofu for 10 to 20 minutes – the longer you press it for, the firmer it will be.

1. Drain – Carefully open the packet with a sharp knife and gently lift the tofu out of its water bath. Pour the water down the sink.
2. Press – Wrap the block of tofu in layers and layers of kitchen roll and place between two plates or chopping boards. Weigh the top plate down with some tins or books. Leave for around 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the firmness you need for your recipe – the longer you press it for, the firmer the texture will be. Pressing the water out creates air pockets, which are great for absorbing flavours. When ready, unwrap the tofu.
3. Slice – Cut your tofu according to your recipe. You can slice it however you like, from small, bite-sized cubes or triangles to wide, thin slices.
4. Flavour – This step is optional. Tofu is very light on flavour, but its texture allows it to absorb flavours from marinades and sauces. Simply marinate your tofu pieces for at least 30 minutes before cooking, or ideally overnight. (Hold onto the marinade afterwards – you can always use it in the recipe, or marinate more tofu with it.)

We also recommend seasoning your tofu with salt, pepper or other spices before cooking to add a little extra flavour. If you’d prefer something quicker or slightly more convenient, our Marinated Tofu Pieces and are pre-flavoured and ready to cook with.

How do I cook with tofu?

Tofu is ideal for use in stir-frys, soups, pies, salads, pasta and much more. Lending itself to a wide variety of different cuisines and dishes, it can be fried, baked, chargrilled or served cold. As well as our dozens of original recipes, we also have advice on different methods of cooking tofu, including some surprising ways you might not have considered. We also have tips for flavouring and changing textures over in our advanced guide.

Can I use tofu in dessert recipes?

Yes. You’ll find a wide selection of desserts on our recipes page. We’ve also pulled together some of our favourite dessert ideas together here.

What is silken tofu?

Silken tofu is a smooth, creamy tofu with a delicate texture. It is often used for desserts, sauces or gravy. We don’t currently have a silken tofu as part of the Cauldron range, but our Organic Tofu works very well in desserts and smoothies when blended with a food processor.

What is the best way to store tofu once opened?

Keep tofu in your refrigerator and use before the ‘best before’ date has passed. Once a pack of tofu has been opened, simply place inside a plastic container, cover with cold water and store inside your fridge. If the water is changed daily, the tofu will last up to 3 days after opening.

Storing in water helps keep your tofu fresh and stops flavour contamination from nearby foods. Keeping the tofu away from air also helps prevent oxidation, discolouration and protein degradation.

Can tofu be frozen?

When it comes to freezing tofu, we normally advise against it – simply because it changes the colour and texture to something you might not be expecting. However, if a different texture is what you’re after, you could give it a try.

When frozen, the water inside the tofu expands, creating little bubbles. After thawing, carefully squeeze out the excess water – you’ll see tiny holes the frozen water left behind, perfect for absorbing flavours. This method will make your tofu much softer and crumblier – ideal for a tofu scramble, for example. You’ll find it’s how tofu is typically served in many Asian restaurants across the world.

Can I eat tofu straight from the pack?

Yes. Tofu is pasteurised, so it can be eaten straight from the pack without cooking. It’s great in salads or blended in sweet dishes.

Is it safe to feed tofu to my baby?

Tofu can be given to babies as part of a mixed, balanced diet – providing of course they don’t have an intolerance to soya. We recommend the tofu is always thoroughly heated before serving. Try adding diced tofu to vegetables or stewed fruit five minutes or so before the end of cooking.

Frozen FAQs

Are your frozen products suitable for vegans?

Yes – our frozen range is certified vegan by the Vegetarian Society. This includes our frozen Mediterranean Sausages and frozen Aduki Bean Melt.

Falafel FAQs

Which falafels are suitable for vegans?

Our Middle Eastern Falafels and our Persian Falafels are both certified vegan by the Vegetarian Society. Our Moroccan Falafels are made from an authentic recipe and therefore contain honey, making them incompatible with some vegan diets.

Can I eat falafels straight from the pack?

Our falafels are suitable for eating hot or cold. They can be enjoyed as a snack or as part of a main dish. For meal ideas and inspiration, check out our recipes page.

How long do Cauldron falafels stay fresh for once opened?

We recommend 24 hours. Once our falafels are in your home and open, we don’t know how they’re being stored, what they’re being stored next to, or at what temperature. We therefore suggest they are eaten within one day, as this is how long we consider the food will remain at it’s very best for.

Vegetarian Sausages FAQs

Are your Cumberland and Lincolnshire sausages suitable for vegans?

Our vegetarian Lincolnshire and Cumberland Sausages are unsuitable for a vegan diet as they contain milk and eggs. We found that removing the whey negatively affected their texture – we experimented by replacing certain ingredients with others, but a professional taste panel concluded the overall quality and flavour would be severely compromised.

We know these products are a firm favourite amongst vegetarians and general food fans alike, and as such are often deeply missed by those who have recently switched to a vegan lifestyle. We will continue to explore other options and seek to expand our vegan range with ever more great tasting foods!

Light Bites FAQs

Which light bite products are suitable for vegans?

Our Indian Koftas are certified vegan by the Vegetarian Society. Our Sicilian Arancini are unsuitable for a vegan diet as they contain milk.