We’re diving deep into the vegan egg substitute JUST Egg to answer your questions and give you all our opinions of this egg-cellent plant-based product. We have used it in everything from cookies, casseroles, cakes, and quiches. This post is designed to teach you to become a true magician with a bottle of JUST Egg, and to guide you through some epic vegan egg recipes.
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Other than cheese, the one product that keeps most vegetarians from going vegan is eggs. Eggs have been made to be so essential in everyday cooking. Not only are they the go-to breakfast option across the world, they’re needed for cakes and cookies, breads and muffins, waffles and… you get the idea.
It is estimated the world eats almost 1.5 trillion “real eggs” per year. JUST Egg™ has been striving to help people rethink how they view eggs by creating their liquid plant-based eggs products. In this article, we’ll look at what JUST Egg is, what it’s made from, why it’s beneficial to the environment, and of course, how to cook it.
What is JUST Egg?
JUST Egg™ is a plant-based egg alternative made by the Eat Just, Inc company. It began selling in grocery stores in 2019, about two years after it first appeared in restaurants. It is made primarily from mung beans, a legume used for millennia, primarily in Asian cultures, but truly all across the globe as well.
This refrigerated liquid “egg” product can be scrambled, made into an omelette or quiche, or used as a secondary ingredient in baking. JUST Egg also now comes in frozen “toaster” and “sous vide” options.
Protein in JUST Egg
There are 5 grams of protein in a 3 tablespoon serving of Just Egg compared to 5-6 grams of protein in one egg of comparable size.
JUST Egg Ingredients
The following ingredient list is copied from the JUST Egg website:
Water, Mung Bean Protein Isolate, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Contains less than 2% of Dehydrated Onion, Gellan Gum, Natural Carrot Extractives (color), Natural Flavors, Natural Turmeric Extractives (color), Potassium Citrate, Salt, Sugar, Tapioca Syrup Solids, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Transglutaminase, Nisin (preservative).
Now, some people like to post this list of ingredients in response to a vegan recipe using JUST Egg. Usually with the sarcastic comment “no thanks”. I assume they think just because there are some “chemicals” in the list, then the product must be unhealthy, and somehow only applicable to vegans. Let’s take a closer look at some of these more unfamiliar ingredients.
Gellan Gum – a food additive discovered and used since the 1970s to replace gelatin and agar agar. It grows naturally on water lilies but can also be artificially mass-produced by fermenting sugar with bacteria. Commonly found in chocolate milk, dairy yogurts and cheeses, jams and marmalades, custards and much more. Medically, gellan is used in dental care for tartar control.
Potassium Citrate – occurs naturally in foods high in potassium (citrus fruits, prunes, avocados, squash, etc) but can also be manufactured through a process of fermentation. PC acts as a ph balancer and an emulsifier in a variety of processed foods from diet sodas to cheese. It is also used as a preventative for kidney stones.
Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate – also a Ph balancer and emulsifier, this compound is often found in chicken nuggets, canned tuna, marshmallows, pudding, breads, cereals, and toothpaste.
Nisin – a natural preservative used to impede food-borne bacteria and microorganisms from spreading in food. That is, it helps prevent food spoilage and poisoning. It’s quite often used in canned vegetables as well as canned dairy products.
What is Transglutaminase?
This enzyme is used as a binder and emulsifier in a variety of foods like cheeses, chicken nuggets, and sausages. Because of this it is sometimes referred to as “meat glue”. But Transglutaminase is actually a naturally-occurring enzyme also called “nature’s glue”. It earned this nickname because it bonds proteins together.
JUST Egg Price
The price of JUST Egg fluctuates wildly from store to store. I did a quick internet search of the three stores closest to us: Shop Rite, Giant, and Acme. The price of JUST Egg per bottle varied from $3.99; $4.99 (also the Whole Foods price); and $5.49, respectively. I recommend doing a quick search of the stores nearest to you to find the one with the best price.
I also suggest looking for sales and coupons. I’ve purchased four bottles of JUST Egg for $1 after finding them on sale and having both a BOGO digital store coupon and another coupon from Ibotta. Ibotta is an app you access on your phone and use to find cash-back deals in a variety of stores. Check them out here through our referral code. Call me old fashioned, but .25 per bottle is a pretty good bargain any day of the week!
Where to Buy JUST Egg
JUST Egg is now available in most major grocery stores and many Targets, WalMarts and the like. It is usually kept near the eggs, but sometimes is found in the “vegan novelty section”, as I call it. You can also purchase premade JUST Egg in the freezer section. These are great for sandwiches and such.
JUST Egg Plant-Based Review
I honestly love this egg replacement product! It makes great scrambled “eggs” and delicious quiches and casseroles. I’ve used it in baking cookies, cakes, and banana bread and made many, many pancakes and waffles with it. And it makes the most amazing breakfast sandwiches.
These plant-based eggs are better for the environment, better for your health, and definitely better for the animals. On its own or as part of a larger recipe, I think this is the perfect replacement for eggs.
JUST Egg, like many vegan options in the store, can seem to be a little on the expensive side. But it’s actually pretty comparable to the price of eggs these days. And you can help cut the cost by following some of the simple suggestions made earlier.
JUST Egg vs. Egg
- Did you know it takes over 50 gallons of water to produce a single egg? The production of JUST Egg uses 98% less water and 83% less land than egg production. It also decreases CO2 production emissions by 92% compared to egg production.
- The protein content of the suggested serving of JUST Egg is equal to that of one medium-large egg.
- JUST Egg has no cholesterol and 69% less saturated fats than eggs, but it IS filled with good polyunsaturated fats.
JUST Egg to Egg Ratio
According to package instructions, 3 tablespoons of JUST Egg is the equivalent of one medium-large egg.
JUST Egg FAQs
There are a lot of questions about the JUST Egg product. I’ll do my best to answer what I can in this section here. Feel free to ask any other question you might have in the comment section below.
According to their website, JUST Egg is gluten free but made in a facility with shared equipment. I also read their allergen chart as the JUST Egg bought in stores is soy-free but the liquid JUST Egg restaurants serve has soy in it. I contacted the Eat Just company and they said this is due to the presence of soy lecithin in the restaurant version. Also, the frozen JUST Egg Folded sold in stores is soy free but the sous vide version is not.
According to package instructions, 3 tablespoons of JUST Egg is equivalent to one medium-large chicken egg.
My go-to question is always “Compared to what?” Compared to eggs, yes. Definitely. Hands down. Both for your health and the health of the planet. See the comparison above.
It is not recommended that you freeze JUST Egg in its precooked form. We have found it’s perfectly fine to freeze after it has been cooked.
Is JUST Egg vegan?
Okay, this has been debated in the vegan community for years, so forgive me in advance for the lengthy response.
When the product was first coming to market, it needed the required FDA “Generally Regarded As Safe” (GRAS) certification for the mung bean protein isolate. In order to get this certification for all new product ingredients, the FDA requires animal testing by law, so the company cooked and fed its product to rats and then collected their poop. No rats were physically harmed for the test, but animal testing is animal testing.
It’s important to note many other recognized vegan companies that produce various vegan beef and chicken options have had their products fast-tracked because of the testing done by Eat Just. If they hadn’t done the test, the next company down the line would have had to. We say cosmetic companies that have stopped testing on animals have “gone vegan”, and we all love Ben and Jerry’s vegan ice cream line, even though we know how they produce their product.
To that end, I say yes, JUST Egg is an innovative and vegan product that can replace countless eggs for innumerable amounts of people, although the process by which it was first developed does contradict vegan ideology.
How to Cook JUST Egg
Although you can use it in a variety of ways, my favorite way tis a simple JUST Egg scramble served with toast, hash browns, and vegan sausage or vegan bacon. Here I’ll outline the way I like to cook my scrambled eggs: soft texture with “small curd”.
- Start with 1/3 – 1/2 cup of JUST Egg
- Pour this into a 10” non-stick pan and turn the heat to medium
- Allow the JUST Egg to sit until it starts to firm just a little on the bottom
- Move the liquid around the pan almost continuously until the liquid has cooked out and you have achieved your desired moistness. I find around 5-7 minutes usually.
- If you prefer larger curd with a firmer texture, you can set the heat to medium-high. Also, don’t move the JUST Egg around as often and it will set in larger pieces.
- You can also whisk in a little black salt, or Kala Namak, for an extra eggy flavor. We even have our own Scramble Seasoning you can make!
As I said, serve it with some vegan meats, breakfast potatoes, and warm toast.
JUST Egg Recipes
The following vegan breakfast recipes use JUST Egg liquid eggs both as the main ingredient and as a secondary ingredient. We hope you enjoy the variety of sweet and savory breakfast recipes that highlight the versatility of this wonderful, plant-based product.
Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or any potluck gathering, this vegan sausage, pepper, and JUST Egg casserole is sure to please. Taste-tested and omni-approved, everyone is JUST going to love it! The best part: it freezes and reheats tremendously well, so it’s perfect for meal prep too.
This vegan quiche is the epitome of perfect brunch food. You’ll fill a simple, frozen pie crust with plant-based JUST Egg mixture, vegan cheese, spinach, mushrooms, and more. Then, you’ll bake it to a fluffy, moist perfection that vegans and nonvegans alike are sure to love!
This vegan French Toast is easy, delicious, and exactly like you remember it! We whisk JUST Egg with vanilla, cinnamon, and fresh grated nutmeg and fry it to golden brown perfection. Serve it with traditional butter and syrup, or top it with fresh fruit or sauteed apples!
This vegan omelette is the perfect start to your day. We lightly fry fluffy JUST Egg and fill it with veggies and vegan cheese then gently folded and flipped for a stunning stuffed breakfast, brunch, or “brinner” option everyone is sure to love!
I’ve made a lot of vegan waffles in my time, but these vegan protein waffles may just be my new favorite go-to recipe. Whole wheat flour, plant-based protein powder, vegan vanilla Greek yogurt and JUST Egg give this breakfast treat a surprisingly healthy twist and make them a protein powerhouse!
These simple and delicious vegan butter cookies are easy to make and sure to be a hit at your next family or holiday gathering. The recipe is a family favorite and fun to put together. And you’ll use a Spritz cookie press, so you can choose what variety of shapes you want and how to decorate them!
This vegan pineapple souffle is our egg-free and dairy-free take on the traditional side dish so many grew up loving. It’s so family-friendly, everyone will want seconds! And it’s as great at a brunch buffet as it is at a fancy sit-down dinner. Slightly sweet and the very definition of delicious, no holiday season is complete without this classic recipe.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review of JUST Egg’s plant-based alternative to eggs. It’s perfect for vegans, the vegan-curious, those with egg allergies, or those just looking to cut back on their cholesterol.
If you have any other questions, or a favorite JUST Egg recipe of your own, we’d love to hear it. Leave a comment below. Until next time!