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IKEA Japan Serves Up New Meatless Katsu Curry

Photo courtesy of IKEA Japan

When I think of IKEA, my first thought lands on those juicy Swedish Meatballs swimming in rich gravy. The furniture itself, an afterthought. Not too long ago, I discovered that my local IKEA offered a vegan alternative to those meatballs, and they were phenomenal. 

That’s why it doesn’t come as a surprise that the furniture company is embracing plant-based alternatives even across the globe. 

IKEA locations in Japan have now released a brand new plant-based katsu curry, reports SoraNews 24

Dubbed “Born of the Field” Plant Katsu Curry, guests will find not a single morsel of meat within the curry dish. The katsu is made from a mix of soybean and other plant-based ingredients. It’s topped off with a creamy vegetable curry and served with a side of rice. 

The new menu item’s idea was to create something more sustainable and have a less environmental impact than regular meat. If IKEA Japan’s foot traffic is anything like the US’, it can definitely go through a lot of meat. 

IKEA Japan has also added an entire menu designed around a plant-based motif. This includes rolled cabbage, plant kebab salad, veggie wraps, vegan cheese dogs, and plant-based chocolate mousse. 

Customers can find the new plan-based Katsu Curry at all IKEA Japan locations across the country. 

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Plant-Based Swedish Meatballs Arrive In IKEA Stores This Summer

In 2019, IKEA announced that they had begun developing a plant-based version of their iconic Swedish meatball. This was part of efforts to reduce the company’s climate footprint, meat being a big portion of that in the food department.

IKEA is now ready to unveil their plant balls to the world, and will do so starting this summer.

IKEA’s version of plant-based meat is based in yellow pea protein, and also uses ingredients like potato, apple, onion, oats, mushroom, tomato, and roasted vegetable powder. All of this gives a texture and flavor that gets pretty close to what one of the retailer’s original Swedish meatballs tastes like.

In terms of sustainability, IKEA claims that the plant-based meatballs have just 4% of the climate footprint of the meat versions. “If we were to convert about 20% of our meatball sales to plant balls that would mean around 8% reduction of our climate footprint for the food business at IKEA,” added Sharla Halvorson, Health & Sustainability Manager for IKEA’s global food business.

The fact that IKEA was able to develop their own plant-based meatball version is remarkable, and I’m definitely curious to see how it tastes like in a standard Swedish meatball plate.

IKEA will start selling the meatballs in Europe in August of 2020, and they will arrive in the United States on September 28th, 2020. They’ll be sold in bulk frozen bags you can purchase in the grocery section, or as an alternative to the classic meatballs on their Swedish meatball plate — cream sauce, lingonberry jam, potatoes, and veggies all included.

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IKEA Just Gave Away Their Famous Meatball Recipe

With everyone chilling at home these last c0uple months, many major brands have been giving way their secret recipes for home cooks to recreate without having to leave the house.

Next up in this trend is IKEA UK who just shared their famous Meatball recipe on Twitter:

The recipe itself reads like an IKEA instruction manual, which for some can be a bit of a traumatic experience. However, if you can get past that, you pretty much will have your house smelling like delicious meatballs in no time.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Meatballs

  • 500g of beef mince
  • 250g of pork mince
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 5 tablespoons of whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper

Cream Sauce

  • oil
  • 40g of butter
  • 40g of plain flour
  • 150ml vegetable stock
  • 150ml beef stock
  • 150ml thick double cream
  • 2 teaspoons of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

It should be noted that this recipe comes from IKEA UK, so we’re not entirely sure how similar they would taste to the ones in the United States. Still, the closer they are to Sweden, the more delicious they should be.

Wonder when KFC’s going to release their guarded secret recipe?

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Plant-Based

Ikea Is Now Serving Plant-Based Swedish Meatballs

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Ikea meatballs are one of the most famous dishes out there thanks to the home decor chain being all over the world and people enjoying a plate of such meatballs after they buy furniture or decide to break up in the store. So now that meat alternatives are very much “in”, the chain announced that we’ll be having plant-based Ikea meatballs in the future. 

How do we feel about this? First of all, I’m sorry I projected my own personal issues with couple fights in Ikea, but it is something that happens. And it’s been spoofed in a famous show like 30 Rock.

That was a very relatable episode. But beyond that, the idea of plant-based Ikea meatballs is at the same time pretty great and also a bit weird? If we want to continue living on this planet, then we surely have to eat less meat in the future. Not to mention be kinder to animals.

But you have to admit it’s pretty strange to call something “plant-based” and “meatballs” in the same breath, right? Ikea had already introduced a dish called “veggie balls” in 2015 and that sounds like a much better name for that context.

No matter what I think, though, I guess the Swedish chain wanted to capitalize on brand recognition so I’m expecting this to work out well for them. “We see a growing demand from our customers to have access to more sustainable food options and we want to meet that need,” managing director at Ikea Food Services AB Michael La Cour said in a statement. “Our ambition is to make healthier and more sustainable eating easy, desirable, and affordable, without comprising on taste and texture.”

Ikea also mentions that they’re “collaborating with some of the leading suppliers within the industry doing the first tests and tastings of the plant-based alternative protein meatball”. We hope the results will be good.

The chain wants to add plant-based Ikea meatballs in their menus sometime next year.

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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IKEA Adds New Meatball Alternative Featuring Sustainably Sourced Salmon

IKEA’s newest alternative to their classic Swedish meatballs is made with sustainably sourced salmon, but also utilizes a unique process that helps fight against food waste.

Photo courtesy of IKEA

The furniture superstore already carries salmon filets in various forms across its product lineup, so adding a salmon meatball fits in naturally with their existing offerings. What stands out, though, is the process they went through developing the meatball.

IKEA uses salmon certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council as sustainably sourced, meaning they have restrictions on feed and pollution while encouraging biodiversity. They then worked with their suppliers to focus on obtaining the meat out of the parts of salmon that often don’t make it as filets. By using this spare meat, if you will, to make their meatballs, it helps to reduce waste in fish production and creates a product with a lower-carbon footprint.

From there, IKEA focused on taste, adding in ingredients like lemongrass and seaweed to produce a fragrant and tender salmon meatball that 80% of test consumers enjoyed. They debuted in Portugal as a test market earlier this year, and the feedback was positive enough to encourage a nationwide launch for the United States as a new sustainable meal option.

IKEA’s new salmon creation is now available in participating locations in the USA, where it joins the lineup of standard, chicken, and plant-based meatballs on the IKEA restaurant menu.

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IKEA’s Annual Crayfish Buffet Is Back To Celebrate The End Of Summer

crayfish buffet

If you’re a fan of all-you-can-eat seafood, or just massive seafood consumption experiences in general, you’re wanna get in on this legit crayfish buffet.

On September 15th, IKEA is bringing their annual seafood smorgasbord back to celebrate the end of summer. Their feast will feature a variety of items to accompany the tasty crustacean, including the chain’s famous Swedish meatballs. Other highlights of the crayfish buffet include mac and cheese, Gravlax, pasta, and potato salads, and more.

If all of those delicacies have you licking your chops, make sure to go buy your tickets early. IKEA locations that are offering up the crayfish experience have already begun selling early bird tickets, and the event tends to fill up fast. Since you’re probably wondering which stores will have the crayfish buffet, we’ve begun to compile a list.

So far, we’ve been able to independently confirm that the following U.S. IKEAs will host a crayfish buffet:

Tempe, Arizona

Costa Mesa, California

New Haven, Connecticut

Schaumburg, Illinois

St. Louis, Missouri

Brooklyn, New York

Long Island, New York

Columbus, Ohio

West Chester, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Round Rock, Texas

It’s possible that more locations will join as we get closer to the date, so as this list changes, we will keep you posted. Alternatively, you can also check your local store’s website for potential updates.

For now, if you do live nearby one of those IKEA stores and want in on the crayfish buffet, I’d recommend buying tickets now.

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Grocery Packaged Food Recipes Video

How To Perfectly Recreate IKEA’s Swedish Meatballs At Home [WATCH]

We all go to IKEA for two very specific reasons: to purchase some new, easy-to-assemble furniture, and to eat some of their world-famous Swedish meatballs. All of their food courts have these little morsels of pure bliss, coated in a creamy brown sauce, served with bright lingonberry jam, and creamy mashed potatoes for a meal that beats any other one you can find in a grocery store food court.

While everybody purchases bags of these meatballs and jars of lingonberry jam to recreate the experience at home, we all know that food is best when fresh-made. If you’re looking for a dope recipe to recreate IKEA’s signature food from scratch, look no further than YouTube channel SORTEDfood.

The boys at SORTED came up with a Swedish meatball recipe that’ll make you think you’re sitting in an IKEA food court while at your dining room table. While they did throw in a few twists, like adding some fresh herbs and mixing lingonberry jam into the sauce, the whole plate of meatballs, sauce, jam, and mashed potatoes that the channel comes up with looks almost exactly like IKEA’s version.

Considering just how addictive IKEA’s meatballs can be, that’s some pretty high praise.

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This IKEA Bowl Can Apparently Set Your Food On Fire

If you’ve got a BLANDA BLANK serving bowl from IKEA at home, be careful as it could accidentally set its own contents on fire.

Facebook user Richard Walter posted this viral video showing the bowl causing a piece of paper to go up in smoke after he accidentally discovered that when he put some grapes in the bowl, the twigs began to catch fire.

While it may seem like this bowl just has the ability to spontaneously combust what’s inside, it actually takes an odd sequence of events to cause this to happen. The bowl’s shiny stainless steel has to reflect the sunlight directly into the center to generate enough heat to ignite whatever’s in the center of the bowl. If that does happen, though, watch out.

IKEA has been notified of this potential fire hazard, according to The Local. They’ll be conducting additional safety tests on the product, but in the meantime, be careful with those bowls, y’all.