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Can I make my own ghee (Clarified butter) using Kerrygold butter?

I have a 8 packs in the freezer!

Ruthie

Definitely - that brand seems to be a favourite on the forums :)

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I'm in Australia, but the organic butter I get locally is from Ireland, Harmonie brand in a yellow wrapper. No salt, so great for making ghee.

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Where can we get coconut aminos in the UK? I'm in London. Would Whole Foods have it?

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I have just found ghee in Tesco. 

 

East End Ghee £3.50 for 500g. Just used it to fry steaks for supper and it's lovely. First time I have ever used it. 

Going to get some in Tesco tomorrow Sharyn. Still waiitng for my book to arrive!

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Just been into our local B&M Bargains of all places, they have Himalayan pink salt & sea salt with seaweed :-)

 

...and also compliant chorizo sausage (pork, salt, spices)

In Lidl yesterday, they had grinders of Himalayan pink seasalt for £3.99 yesterday as part of their specialist product range. Also black peppercorn grinders :)

 

Their bacon is also W30 compliant.

 

Ruthie

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Where can we get coconut aminos in the UK? I'm in London. Would Whole Foods have it?

I get mine from iherb.com - it's cheap shipping to Aus, so can't imagine shipping to the uk would be much different?

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Where can we get coconut aminos in the UK? I'm in London. Would Whole Foods have it?

 

I've seen them in a couple of independent health food stores, so have a look around. Somewhere that sells Suma stuff should be along the right lines.

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Sorry I can't help - My brother brings me a box from the States every time he comes.  I think he thinks I'm a bit strange .....

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Oh my that is expensive - what is it good for anyway?

I haven't heard anything about this and also waiting for my book, but I have just downloaded a sample to my Kindle and going to have a peak this evening  :)

 

 

 

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They are usually used as a substitution for soy or to achieve a similar taste profile- nom nom uses them a fair bit in her recipes

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Today is my Day 1 of Whole30 and I'm spending some time browsing this forum and the website to get ideas for meals and recipes. With regard to coconut aminos and fire roasted tomatoes mentioned in recipes - does anyone know whether I can substitute with anything from UK or if leave out will it make a huge difference to the final taste of the recipe?

 

Ruthie

 

ps would also like to know if canned fish like tuna in sunflower oil or canned salmon is ok on W30 please?

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This is a bit late as a response but the forum has been a little tricky! 

How is your whoel 30 going so far?

 

For coconut aminos -  it is a strong salty flavour so you could try adding a little fish sauce (Tesco compliant) if it's an Asian style meal

For the fire roasted tomatoes - I just use ordinary canned and it's fine.  If the recipe calls for paprika then I use smoked paprika instead to add a depth of flavour. 

For the canned fish - I think the sunflower oil is discouraged rather than not allowed so I think you would be fine to use up your supplies and then maybe try to get them in olive oil or brine next time

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Just a little high-five to the Hungry Horse chain of pubs - whenever my parents come down for a visit, about every 5-6 weeks, we always go to the Mundy Arms in Marlpool, part of the Hungry Horse chain. Since January, when i did my first whole30, I've ordered a steak, "but can i have a salad instead of the chips & peas please?". The first time i did this, they obliged, though the salad was TINY. Second time, slightly bigger, but still just a side salad. Fast forward to our most recent visit & not only was the salad huge (yay!), but the menu now specifically says "if you're feeling healthy, why not swap out all your sides for a salad", so i don't feel like That Customer anymore. I'm not claiming responsibility for this change, there's probably low-carbers all over the place asking for the same substitution, but it's a step that's made life a whole lot easier!

Now to gauge their response to "can i have a burger without the bun?" :lol:

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The worst meal I have ever been unfortunate enough to be served was at the Hungry Horse pub in Exmouth. I would never go back - so be warned that they are not all the same!!

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Not sure how live this thread is but I've noticed loads of people are buying coconut oil from the big supermarkets. Check out Coconoil.co.uk and buy in bulk! Way cheaper! Anyone know where I can get compliant fish sauce? Seen tesco own but not sure I trust the label... Thanks in advance to anyone who can help!

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Yes, Tesco's "Ingredients" fish sauce is just anchovies & salt. I get my coconut oil from Amazon on subscribe & save, which saves a pretty penny :D I'll have a look at that coconoil site though!

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Thanks Roz, I shall get myself to Tesco this evening and pick some up. Well Fed 2 arrived in the post this morning so I can crack on with some of the things I have been waiting to make!

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Tesco & some of the other big supermarkets sell the Debbie & Andrew brand - they're gluten free & pretty much Just Meat. They come in a pack of 6, look amongst the "Finest" sausages that come in a tray.

Also by the bye, Tesco's "Ingredients" fish sauce is compliant, the only ingredients are anchovies & salt. It's not normally with the other Asian stuff, but in a separate Ingredients section, if you're hunting.

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Hello All, my family and I finished W30 about a month ago. We found quite a few compliant foods in the farmer's markets. Grass fed beef, free range organic chicken and sausiccons. Most of the compliant deli meat was from Wholefoods market.90% of which is made in the Uk. So there are loads of uk producers out there making food that is compliant.Including bacon and smoked salmon. So if there is stuff you want but cannot find in the supermarket, maybe look in markets. All quite reasonably priced, surprisingly for London. Since reintroduction I can only eat raw yoghurt, the rest just makes me ill. So happy to hear so many people on W30 around the uk. Keep posting.

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Hi everyone.  Just popped in to say that Costco has compliant chicken stock, 6 litres for £7.99 (packaged in 1 litre cartons like long-life milk).

 

Probably not the sort of place you want to venture without a bit of will power though, with all the samples they have on offer.

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Spaghetti squash = farmer's market and Waitrose (only once though!) but it's very seasonal. It was around £4 for a large-ish one at the farmer's market in Brixton or Balham.

 

Farmer's market really is your friend -- you get to speak to the farmers who grow the veg and rear the animals. Last week I stopped at a stall selling grass-fed beef and lamb and spent about 20 minutes talking to the farmer about what the animals eat and how they're treated. It was great...she said 'I just don't understand WHY everyone doesn't feed their animals grass, it's not expensive!' -- it was so wonderful how passionate she is about her meat. We'd already been to the butcher to buy all our meat but I couldn't pass up on the opportunity so we bought a rump steak for her (£4.50 for a piece big enough for myself and my boyfriend's dinner) and it was quite frankly the most delicious meat we've ever had.

 

We also buy our meat from these guys: http://www.fieldandflower.co.uk/ but I think they might finish them off with grain (it's not obvious, which makes me suspicious) so I'm thinking of trying these guys: http://www.eversfieldorganic.co.uk/ or http://www.devonrose.com/. These guys look good too, if you're up north http://www.greenpasturefarms.co.uk/ and there's also http://www.paleowales.co.uk/ and http://www.wellhungmeat.com/dept/regular-meat-box_d013.htm. Incidentally Devon Rose do preservative-free bacon and rusk-free sausages (although they are a specialty product so you have to place a minimum order). Also incidentally, I read somewhere that British sausages are unusual in Europe in that they add breadcrumb or rusk; in most other sausage-eating countries they use 100% meat. So if you can find yourself a decent Italian or French deli that don't use preservatives then you're in luck.

 

Finally, I wrestle with the issue of how expensive (or not) it is to buy grass fed/pastured meat but I think I've come to terms with it: essentially, it IS more expensive than the basics and standard range in the major supermarkets but it seems to be CHEAPER than the free range/organic/taste the difference type ranges. I think this is mostly because the free range stuff in supermarkets are premium cuts, whereas I buy (and prefer cooking) the cheaper cuts from the grass fed online delivery people. The quality of the stuff direct from the farms is obviously far far better than the premium ranges in the supermarket.

 

Does anyone in the London area make their own kombucha and fancy giving me a SCOBY and a lesson in kombucha making? :-D

 

Tx

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