General FAQs

Which Cauldron products are suitable for a vegan diet?

The vast majority of our product range is now suitable for vegans. Our Authentic Tofu Block, Organic Marinated Tofu, Organic Teriyaki Tofu, Quick & Tasty Tofu Block, Tofu Mince, Quick & Tasty Tofu with Italian Herbs & Tomato, Moroccan Falafel, Middle Eastern Falafels and Frozen Middle Eastern Falafels, Greek Style Cubes, Tandoori Bites and Korean Bites are all certified vegan by the Vegetarian Society. 

A few of our products are not suitable for vegans. Our vegetarian Lincolnshire and Cumberland Sausages are unsuitable for a vegan diet as they contain eggs. 

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 egg 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 Block, Pressed Tofu with Italian Herbs & Tomato, Organic Marinated Tofu pieces and Organic Teriyaki Tofu pieces all are certified as gluten-free. 

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?

Most of our product packaging is widely recyclable, including our cardboard sleeves and plastic trays. However, the plastic film lids used to seal the trays are not currently recyclable. 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?

You can see all of our new and favourite recipes here, or you can sign up to our monthly newsletter to get them straight to your inbox! – Sign up here. 

Tofu FAQs

What kinds of tofu do Cauldron make?

We offer six distinct tofu products – Authentic Tofu Block, Marinated Tofu Pieces, Organic Teriyaki Tofu, Quick & Tasty Tofu Block, Quick & Tasty Tofu With Italian Herbs and Tomato and Tofu Mince. Our Authentic Tofu Block 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. Our Organic Teriyaki Tofu pieces are infused with a delicious tamari soya sauce and are especially great for adding texture and flavour to Asian-style dishes. 


Our Quick & Tasty Tofu Block is all the incredible versatility of an Authentic Cauldron Tofu block, in a convenient Quick & Tasty block with no need to press! Suited to a wide variety of exciting dishes – from curries to soups, salads to desserts – it’s ideal for adventurous cooks and beginners alike, ready for action in thousands of recipes.

Tofu Mince is the perfect plant-based update to your family favourite mince dishes! Pure Tofu Mince is quick to cook and will only need 3-4 minutes on the hob before adding your sauce to create a delicious meat-free chilli, spag bol, lasagne and more.


The perfect plant-based update to your family favourite mince dishes! Pure Tofu Mince is quick to cook and will only need 3-4 minutes on the hob before adding your sauce to create a delicious meat-free chilli, spag bol, lasagne and more!



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?

The organic soya beans used in our Tofu range are certified by the Proterra Foundation standard for social responsibility and environmental sustainability and are sourced from Italy. Therefore, you can rest assured that the soya in Cauldron Organic Tofu supports zero deforestation practices and is GMO-free. 

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 block 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.


You can also watch our handy video for a step-by-step guide! 

How do I cook with block tofu?

Our 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 – our Organic Tofu block is perfect for this. 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 block 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.


You can watch our handy video for a step-by-step guide.

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.

Falafel FAQs

Which falafels are suitable for vegans?

Both our Middle Eastern and Moroccan Falafels, and our Frozen Middle Eastern Falafels are certified vegan by the Vegetarian Society. 

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 eggs. We found that removing them 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!


IS THE SOYA PROTEIN USED IN YOUR SAUSAGES SUSTAINABLE?

Yes, the GMO-free soya in our Cauldron sausages is sourced from farms which are audited and approved against the Basel Criteria for Responsible Soy Production, which was developed in partnership with the WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature).

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Carbon Neutral FAQs

What does carbon neutral mean?

A carbon neutral business, product, or service can be achieved when the totality of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) emitted are offset by verified carbon offset projects. Carbon offset projects make a decisive contribution to combating global warming by demonstrably saving greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere, or removing them from it. These projects can take the form of forest conservation, reforestation, or the development of renewable energy.

What does carbon offsetting mean?

A carbon offset broadly refers to a reduction in GHG emissions – or an increase in carbon storage (e.g. through land restoration or the planting of trees) – that is used to compensate for emissions that occur elsewhere. Carbon offsets avoid, reduce, or remove carbon from the atmosphere and are certified to international standards (e.g. Gold Standard, VCS).

Why is carbon offsetting needed?

The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by limiting the temperature increase even further to 1.5°C. Science has shown that to achieve PA targets, a harmonic implementation of reductions (aligned with science), offsetting, and carbon removals should be performed. The benefits of offsetting projects can be explained as follows:

1.Offset means immediate actions: Activities take place now and this is an important topic for the global climate targets to be achieved by 2030 and 2050.

2.Verified climate impact: Methodologies, monitoring reports, and diverse types of tools allow a proper follow-up of the projects to ensure environmental and social integrity.

3.Sustainable development: Offset projects are always supporting more than environmental improvements. Sustainable development is an additional benefit of offsetting.

Why focus on offsetting instead of reduction?

These two actions aren’t mutually exclusive and we are tackling both. The benefits of offsetting include the ability to take immediate action. Implementing reduction strategies can take considerable amounts of time due to supply chain shifts, longer decision making processes, and slow innovation in this space. By investing in offsetting whilst rolling out reduction measures, we are certain we are doing something immediate to tackle this climate emergency.

Isn't offsetting just a way for people to “buy" themselves a good conscience instead of trying to reduce their footprints?

This is only true if you do nothing about your carbon footprint. By purchasing goods that are carbon neutral, you can be sure that this business is taking climate action and putting themselves in the limelight for scrutiny on their reduction strategies. Offsetting enables immediate climate action that benefits not only the environment, but social development too in most cases.

Why support projects overseas instead of those close to home?

Climate change is a global issue whose impact spreads throughout the world. Countries in the global south have been hit hard with natural disasters, poverty, and deforestation which means overseas carbon offset projects can have an even bigger environmental and social impact. Supporting these projects allows us to fight climate change globally. 

How do you know that the offset projects that you support deliver actual impact?

All projects offered by ClimatePartner have been certified by third party auditors that ensure all the proceeds after administrative costs are given to developing.