Where's the Bovril?

I can’t find Bovril anywhere around here, what gives? Walmart used to have it, now, nobody does. Even the British import store only had the nasty vegetarian version that they made a few years ago during the BSE thing. Any ideas what stores sell it? I can’t make veggie burgers without it.

I don’t mean to sound dense, but since Bovril contains beef extracts, wouldn’t that seem to be contraindicated in veggie burgers? :confused:

I mean, I know there’s probably not much beef, but a purist wouldn’t like even that much.

It’s probably vegetarian the same way that Bacon Salt is vegetarian and kosher.

Stuff the Bovril, buy Marmite instead!

There’s still plenty here, it seems, in just about any grocery store near me, next to the soups or above the gravy. No plastic jars of bovil power anymore, but that’s probably because they always ended up cementing into something as tough as a medium-hard rock.

I usually stay stocked up in liquid and packet-boxes, both beef and chicken - the packets are cheaper for a given quantity, but the liquid gives me better control over how much flavor I want to add.
Why, yes, I suppose my cooking is a bit salty - why do you ask? :smiley:
Edited to add: Maybe what you need is a CANADIAN imports store. :wink: When I was off in England, the nearest equivalent in the stores was ‘oxo cubes’, which didn’t even dissolve all the way into my spaghetti sauce.

it used to have beef in it. I miss the old borvil. :frowning:

Bovril definitely contains extracts of real beef so if your veggie burgers need to be suitable for vegetarians you’ll have to use the veggie version or the devil’s poo itself. And from now on I’ll always read your username as Furious_Marmite :wink:

I believe Bovril is back to being beef-based. It went vegetarian for a while (flavored with yeast extracts) during the Mad Cow scare, but people didn’t like the new formula. (Well, long-time consumers didn’t, but this vegetarian bought a couple of jars…)

Yes, it was a yeast product from 2004 to 2006, which is fine and good, but that’s what Marmite is for.

To clarify, I would never give animal-based food to vegetarians, that’s like shooting fish in a barrel. It’s in the veggie burgers because they are only consumed by confirmed meat-eaters.

Why do you Canadians get to have all the fun? Bovril, beavers, the Bay of Fundy, polar bears, poutine, cheap prescription drugs, lumberjacks, and William Shatner. What stores carry it? Maybe I can find affiliated ones down here in the unfrozen south.


Well, I normally pick it up at Fortino’s or Sobey’s, if not one of the local grocery stores that aren’t really branded with a chain affiliate.

And that reminds me, I gotta go polar bear watching this afternoon. :wink:

Awesome, tell The Shat I said hi.

I looked at the ingredients of my Bovril products, and noticed that though there were meat products in the list, they weren’t as high up in the list as yeast ingredients, and yeast wasn’t as high as… certain other stuff. Here are the ingredients lists:

for Beef Bovril packets: Salt, Hydrolyzed soy/corn protein, Corn syrup solids, sugar, Monosodium glutamate, Colour, Yeast extract, Dehydrated beef stock, Beef fat, Tricalcium phosphate, Spice extracts, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Hydrogenated soybean oil and sulphites. May contain traces of milk ingredients.

for Chicken Bovril packets: Salt, Dextrose, Corn syrup solids, Hydrolyzed corn protein, Monosodium glutamate, Yeast extract, Dried vegetables (onions, parsley, garlic,) Chicken fat, Tricalcium phosphate, Spices and Spice extracts, Citric acid, Colour, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Hydrogenated soybean oil and sulphites. May contain traces of milk ingredients.

Beef Bovril liquid: Water, Hydrolyzed soy/corn/wheat protein, Salt, Monosodium glutamate, Colour, Autolyzed yeast extract, Modified corn starch, Sugar, Beef extract, Maltodextrin, Spices, Dimethylpolysiloxane, Celery seed and sulphites. May contain traces of milk ingredients. (This one was REALLY hard to read, very narrow print on the bottle.)

Compliments chicken Bouillon concentrate liquid (A store brand knockoff): Reconstituted chicken broth, Glucose solids, Salt, Sugar, Mechanically seperated cooked chicken, Monosodium glutamate, Modified corn starch, Chicken fat, onion powder, Yeast extract, Garlic powder, Xanthan gum, Spice extractives, Flavour, Citric acid, Dehydrated parsley, Spices, Caramel, Hydrogenated soybean oil, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Sulphites.

Makes me wonder what the Suphites are for. :wink: