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I use tubes of Vegemite in my GF's village. The reason I do this is because an opened jar of Vegemite develops a white mould on the contents. I have never seen this before, not in Australia, not in the condo I used to occupy in Chiang Mai, not in my condo in Chiang Rai. My GF's village is 25 km from Chiang Rai.

Vegemite according to the food labelling is 8.4% salt, so a mould that can tolerate that kind of salt content must be something special.

Has anybody else living outside the cities seen this? Marmite users are welcome to contribute if they have experienced a similar phenomenon. Comparison of the two products, that's been done to death.

I'm just thinking a mould like this might be producing a new antibiotic, or a suite of organic compounds that could be useful. The biochemists may find it interesting.

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Living in Thailand has many problems. Dodgy Marmite is the yeast of your worries.

Have it checked out..........it may be a vaccine for Covid.............

No issues here in northern Nan province. Keep my opened jar in the refrigerator. Use a clean knife only to extract the vegemite. Yes...two knifes to prepare vegemite toast. One does the butter, the ot

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I brought some Vegemite back from the U.K. ages ago as my gf liked it .

 

Due to your post I took a look in the cupboard and there it was , mould free :

 

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It has had plenty of time to develop mould but chose not to :

 

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Use vegemite all the time never seem mould. When friends come from Aust they always bring some of large jars.

Keeps for years. One my friends brought tubes in January was first time I had seen.

They where great and convenient but bit to small. 

Maybe try laying a small piece of  cling wrap directly over surface of the Vegemite before putting lid on.

Good luck and hope you a happy little Vegemite.

😀🇦🇺Vegemite 

 

 

 

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When I first moved to Thailand I brought several large jars of Marmite with me. I always kept it in a kitchen cupboard in the UK and can last for years. Within weeks of being in a cupboard in Thailand, one jar exploded and the amount of Marmite in the jar had increased considerably. I assume that due to the heat, the yeast in the Marmite had continued to grow. I now always keep my Marmite in the fridge.

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8 hours ago, Bruce Aussie Chiang Mai said:

Use vegemite all the time never seem mould. When friends come from Aust they always bring some of large jars.

Keeps for years. One my friends brought tubes in January was first time I had seen.

They where great and convenient but bit to small. 

Maybe try laying a small piece of  cling wrap directly over surface of the Vegemite before putting lid on.

Good luck and hope you a happy little Vegemite.

😀🇦🇺Vegemite 

 

 

 

Down to my last large jar of it, but my son is assembling half a dozen squeeze tubes in a CARE package for me.

I'm a damn sight happier Vegemite here than I would be stuck in Oz.

I'm just curious as to what the organism is, can't be too many life forms that can live in it. We can live on it, but we are made of sterner stuff.

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On 11/17/2020 at 12:16 AM, polpott said:

When I first moved to Thailand I brought several large jars of Marmite with me. I always kept it in a kitchen cupboard in the UK and can last for years. Within weeks of being in a cupboard in Thailand, one jar exploded and the amount of Marmite in the jar had increased considerably. I assume that due to the heat, the yeast in the Marmite had continued to grow. I now always keep my Marmite in the fridge.

But Marmite doesn't contain yeast as such. It is made from the waste gunk from brewing proper beer by which time the yeast will be exhausted. Rather like bread which is made with yeast but if you leave it, it doesn't expand.

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20 minutes ago, mrfill said:

But Marmite doesn't contain yeast as such. It is made from the waste gunk from brewing proper beer by which time the yeast will be exhausted. Rather like bread which is made with yeast but if you leave it, it doesn't expand.

Its live yeast. Read my post. I put an unopened jar in a cupboard in Thailand and it continued to grow, smashing the jar.

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Never seen a mould problem here in Songkhla in 20 years of opened jars, now I'm Down to my last large jar 😕.

The tubes have been around for 15+ years, I wrote a suggestion to Vegemite to reduce the size to 95g so they could be in your carry on then it would be a proper travel tube 😁

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Just now, mrfill said:

It is not live  After fermentation, they add salt to a suspension of yeast making the solution hypertonic, which leads to the cells shrivelling up. This triggers autolysis, where the yeast’s digestive enzymes break their own proteins down into simpler compounds, a  process of self-destruction. The dying yeast cells are then heated to complete their breakdown, after which the husks (yeast with thick cell walls which would give poor texture) are separated.

Wrong. The yeast is live.

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