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Marmite Yeast Extract, 4.4-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 4)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Having lived in the US all of my life (although I have traveled quite a bit) I had never heard of Marmite until last week. I've been participating in an on-line, UK based think-tank dealing with international brands and digital advertising. As we discussed products that we grew up with and are still loyal to Marmite came up several times. I looked at some Marmite ads (the British call them "adverts"), and then searched for it on Amazon. Being a dedicated foodie I decided to give it a shot. Here is my impression:

When I first opened the glass jar and gave it a whiff it seemed oddly familiar. I put just a dab on my spoon and tasted it straight. Again, strangely familiar. The taste was very strong, almost condensed. I could taste the beer-like yeast but I was also getting a savory, deep vegetable flavor. Then it hit me.

I love to make sauces and I often use pre-made glaces and demi-glaces which have a very thick consistency when gently heated (before heating they are almost solid). They come in many different varieties: beef; duck; veal; chicken; lamb; seafood; mushroom; vegetable; etc. Marmite has a strong resemblance to a straight, undiluted, vegetable glace. Pungent, earthy and with that quality that the Japanese refer to as "Umami". WOW! Who knew? Well, I guess a lot of people did but it was new to me. Now, what to do with it...

My on-line British friends gave me some sage advice: use it sparingly and on some sort of bread with butter. I bought some fresh English Muffin bread from a local artisan bakery shop, lightly toasted it, coated it thinly with about 2/3 teaspoon of Marmite and spread some salted Vermont cultured butter onto it. HEAVEN! The Marmite balanced out the heaviness of the butter perfectly. That gave me the inspiration for my next test. I've alway loved a toasted bagel with cream cheese or Marscapone but need something to cut the palate-coating fat of the cheese besides a slice of onion (lox works well if you have it). Marmite fit the bill technically, but I think that I will have to get used to the combination. Still, I will keep using it here for a while and I think that it might become a favorite for me.

Next I tried it in a simple sauce. I browned a tablespoon of finely chopped shallots in 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter (who am I kidding? I used 2 tablespoons of butter). After the shallots were browned I added 3 tablespoons of Marite and 1 teaspoon of water. I reduced it a little and added 1/3 cup of heavy cream, a small bouquet garnet in cheesecloth and 1 tablespoon of dry sherry. I reduced it by about half and adjusted the strength by adding more Marmite (I needed more, maybe I should have used less cream). When finished it tasted really good, not great but it could certainly WOW most people. Put this on fish, chicken, turkey, or any light meat or veggie and it works.

Marmite has an advertising campaign that tells people that they will either love it or hate it. I am definitely in the love camp.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2011
I love both Marmite and Vegemite, but have always preferred Marmite. I recently exhausted my last jar, so decided to order the 4 pack from Amazon since I live in the US and it is hard to come by. Now, my previous jars of Marmite were a thick, nearly black paste, resembling bearing grease, but this stuff is so thin I can almost pour it out. It's also much, much lighter in color. I made a couple of slices of toast and spread one with my Vegemite, the other with my new Marmite. I was shocked at the lightness of the Marmite. More shocking was the flavor seemed to be less intense than the Vegemite, which was not the case before. I have since read that many long time Marmite fans have been complaining about a change in our beloved spread. Unilever denies any change in the recipe, but that is nonsense. It's still tasty, and the seller ships quickly, so I'm giving it 4 stars, but I'm beginning to prefer Vegemite over this "new" Marmite. The "old" Marmite is a solid 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon April 10, 2015
After years of hearing rumors about Marmite and seeing and reading all the Marmite satire I bought these after visiting British friends brought a large jar with them and gave it to me as a house gift. Believe me, it was with great trepidation that I first tried it. I was shocked! It is good!

It has a taste similar to concentrated vegetable base or paste very similar to Better Than Bouillon reduced sodium vegetable base. But the key thing is that it's more savory - it has a richer, deeper, more satisfying flavor. I tried this on an unsalted saltine cracker and found that the yeast extract is the dominant flavor at first (and can be overwhelming) but then the taste of the vegetable blend just fills the mouth.

It IS very good indeed when thinly spread on a slice of buttered toast. I've experimented using it on various roasted steamed, and baked vegetables and found it best when used sparingly with baked potatoes, roasted carrots, and even beets. The key word is sparingly because the taste can overwhelm.

It's actually best thinly spread on a slice of buttered toast - use a fine grain white bread. Artisan breads or English muffins are not the best vehicle for this since they're rough grained and tend to hold more Marmite than you may really want.

Surprisingly good. Give it a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As others have said, this is an intensely flavored yeast product that's not for everyone.

But I love it!

Sharp, tangy, rich dark flavor of yeast, like a really yeasty beer that's been condensed into a demi-glace.

Wonderful on toast, great stirred into sauces, and even good on vegetables.

YUM.

This used to be so difficult to come by, I'd have British friends bring me jars whenever they traveled back to the UK, and now we can get it on Amazon. How cool is that?

Way cool.

Try it - you'll hate it or love it, but you'll never know until you try.
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on August 30, 2011
Marmite doesn't hold a huge section of shelving at the local supermarket. It's definitely a niche item in the states. Our Brit friends, though, speak highly of it, so I had to try.

Good stuff! If you want a departure from the morning toast with butter and jam, skip the butter and jam and smear on some Marmite! Your coffee will taste brighter!

This stuff it definitely a different way to hammer on your taste buds in a vigorous fassion!
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on December 18, 2014
I love Marmite as an enhancement to soups, stews and gravies. I eat quite a bit of venison and the Marmite adds a depth of flavor that is just wonderful in pot roasts and stews. The fact that it is high in B vitamins is a bonus. I wholeheartedly recommend this product. I have used it for years and will continue to order it regularly. For first time users, beware it's very strong and a small amount goes a long way.
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on January 4, 2013
My supply of Marmite was down to a spoonful and I needed more. Local markets do not carry it and would not special order. Amazon saved the day and saved Christmas, too! Swedish meatballs and all types of gravy are magical with a bit of Marmite added. The ham and cheese sandwiches the day after Christmas were perfect because I was able to find Marmite!
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on March 28, 2014
When you are brought up on Marmite as a child in the UK it becomes a must have at breakfast or for an anytime snack. While sometimes hard to find it was good to see it on Amazon. Would like to see in small capsules like you can get in the UK. .
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on March 16, 2014
If one has grown up with Marmite, it is a given that you will enjoy it. If you have not tried it before, let me give you a tip; take a nice piece of bread or a cracker, spread a thick layer of butter and then spread with a thin coat of Marmite - heaven! I love Marmite!!!
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on October 14, 2013
This is not to everyone's taste, but if you love savory, it is a great addition to toast and cheese, or stews, broths. Can't live without it.
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