Sift Showcases the Versatility of Beans and Alternative Grains with Their Burger Patties, Sausages, and Pancake MixFebruary 25, 2018
Sausages, burgers, and tacos—foods of the sort bring to mind the idea of meat. But go beyond beef, pork, and chicken, and you’ll find a multitude of other options. Beans, too, make for a great medium with their natural nuttiness and “meaty” texture all their own. You’ll find these and more from Sift: a one-woman venture whose specialties venture outside the all-too-familiar world of meat and the like, churning out tasty treats without relying on animal products, gluten, wheat, yeast, soy, corn, or dairy.
Sift blends up red kidney beans with eggplant, onion, garlic, chickpea flour, oat flour, and a couple more ingredients consistent with the said philosophy to churn out meatless patties, sausages, and more. Packed with savory, spicy flavors, they’re great on their own or with your starch of choice (we love them with some equally-nutty quinoa, also offered by Sift). And with their pleasant, fibrous chewiness, you won’t be missing the meat—regardless of your dietary preferences. That they’re quick to fry and convenient is a welcome bonus; a tasty, filling pica-pica or meal option’s just a few minutes away.
Owner Mikee Mauricio was inspired to create the said line from having family members who held various food issues, and having once overheard a little girl lamenting about not being able to have gluten and wanting to help out. This became especially relevant a mission as Mauricio (who has taken up pastry arts in culinary school but was already a vegetarian since 2012, and plant-based since 2016) learned she had chronic gut inflammation, herself. Wanting to provide options both nutritious and good-tasting for those with similar food issues, she single-handedly launched Sift in 2017. While she quickly gained fans among the local vegan, gluten-averse, and health-conscious crowds, Mauricio emphasizes Sift’s greater purpose: to spread awareness about health-related food restrictions, which are still widely misunderstood (and often dismissed as fads or mere weight-loss tools). “I don’t want people to take [them] lightly . . . people [like me] who follow such [a] lifestyle . . . have no choice.”
Regardless of dietary specifications, it’s worth looking beyond convention and experimenting with alternative proteins, flours, and binders to see how they contribute to a different—but unique—end product. With offerings that are tasty by their own respect (with the bonus of being suitable for more stomachs), Sift well proves that there are tons of great-tasting options once you think out of the box.
Burger patties, sausages, “meaty” crumbles, and pancake mix free of meat, soy, gluten, wheat, yeast, soy, corn, and dairy.