Field Roast

What is Field Roast?

A vegetarian grain meat made from grains, vegetables and seasonings. We fused Asian and European heritage by combining the culinary tradition of seitan and the tradition of charcuterie-making, to create Field Roast.

 

Why is Field Roast called a meat?

The word “meat” traditionally means “solid food” (Webster’s dictionary, Oxford dictionary).  You may have heard of “nut meats” to describe the edible portion of a nut.  Part of our brand mission is to redefine the word meat similar to how the word “milk” was redefined in the 1990’s.  Milk used to mean from a cow…now we have soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, etc.  Soy meats, wheat meats, grain meats, animal meats!

 

Where does the protein in your products come from?

Field Roast products are high in protein, which comes from our base ingredient – vital wheat gluten, which is wheat flour removed of starches and left with pure wheat protein.

 

Are any of your products gluten-free?

None of our grain meat products are gluten free because wheat protein is one of the main ingredients in making field roast. Our Chao Cheese is gluten free.

 

Do you use any GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)?

No, all of our products are GMO-free.

 

Are your products organic?

We are not, though our heart is there; we would have to raise prices considerably to use all organic sources (if we went organic our sausages would be at least $9.99).  We do use fresh produce and the most local source possible for all of our spices and wheat flours. We use Organic Wheat Flour and Organic Wheat Flakes.

 

Where can I buy your products?

Check out our store locator on our Where To Buy page.

Every region is different.  In the Pacific NW you may find a wide array of our products at most natural food stores, Co-ops, Safeway, PCC, Haggens and Whole Foods Markets.  You may also find Field Roast at restaurants in your area.  Many other regions carry only our retail sausages and the Celebration Roast due to distribution. And some others you may only find our products in the deli or food service department of your grocery store. Ask your local store if they carry certain products or request that they order them.

Please note: We sell to distributors. Retail stores purchase product from their distributors. Therefore, we aren’t able to provide specific product or stock information for retail stores. We try to keep the Where To Buy page as updated as possible.

 

What is the shelf life of your retail products, and can I refreeze them?

Our retail packs of grain meats can be kept frozen for up to one year.  Once thawed they are good for about 65 days (2 months). Each store is responsible for adding a “use by” date once they are stocked. If you purchase them in the refrigerated section of your grocery store (most common) you may extend their freshness by refreezing them until you are ready to use them.

Chao Slices should be kept refrigerated, never frozen. Each package is provided with a “use by” date.

 

What is the sausage casing made from?

Field Roast Sausages don’t have any casings in a traditional sense.  The high protein of wheat is strong enough to keep the sausage together.  We link our sausage grind and dough into a food-grade, BPA-free plastic barrier casing that we import from Europe.   This is what you see when you are looking at our retail sausage pack.

 

Do your products contain soy?

All of our grain meat products are soy free. Our Chao Slices contain soy.

 

Are your products Kosher?

We have not been certified kosher.

 

Do you produce any non-vegan items at your production facility?

No we do not.

 

Palm Fruit Oil sustainability is a concern, where do you get yours?

We source our palm oil from Daabon, a family-owned company based in north Colombia along the Caribbean coast. They’ve been in business since 1915 and are now in the third generation of ownership.  Their palm oil is expeller-pressed (made without chemical solvents), organic and sustainable. We use palm oil because of its delicious flavor and mouth-feel AND it is the most efficient oil in regards to the energy input versus energy output–the most oil for the least energy.

Daabon is committed to sustainable practices through water, waste and methane management and the preservation of biodiversity. (Orangutans do not live in South America so they are not affected by the palm oil production, but animals native to Colombia including monkeys, iguanas and birds are protected). They are in alliance with Rainforest Action Network (RAN), the leading activist organization that has been most critical of palm oil agriculture. Daabon is a founding member of the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG), which promotes innovation and improvements in palm oil production on a range of environmental, social and supply chain issues. POIG is supported by well-known environmental NGOs like Greenpeace, World Wildlife Foundation and RAN.