Seitan (wheat meat)

 
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Mild Thing



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:25 am    Post subject: Seitan (wheat meat) Reply with quote

Seitan is wheat protein aka gluten, most popularly prepared as "mock duck". I just simmered a batch for 2 hrs, and will now attempt to incorporate it into a recipe.

Anyone here have experience cooking/preparing this?
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thosquanta



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i used to use it in stir fry all the time. (sauce: hoisin, soy sauce, sri racha, garlic, honey)


very tasty!
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Mild Thing



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you buy it or make it from scratch?

I found it reasonably easy to make it at home. It's quite firm to my surprise. I think I'll make several batches for different purposes.
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zom-zom



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I made that stuff before. Just wheat gluten. Tastes like nothing unless you marinate and season it. All that gluten isn't so great for your health, I'll stick with tofu, tempeh or beans if I'm cutting down on animal protein.
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Mild Thing



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From my understanding gluten is ok for people who aren't suffering from gluten allergies, or diseases which gluten can worsen. Many people have soy allergies too, plus it contains estrogen isoflavones which aren't really good for most people, save for menopausal women.
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zom-zom



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, all generally true. I'm not allergic to gluten but it makes me feel a bit bloated. I like the estrogen, since I like to wear dresses and makeup.
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thosquanta



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i like both! now im hungry, too.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you guys make this, do you add rice flour? Most recipes I've seen don't have that as an ingredient, but a few do.. I'm making some this weekend and don't know if the rice flour thing would make a big difference either way.
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Mild Thing



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never did, I just used straight gluten and whatever else to flavor it.

I haven't made it in quite a while. It takes a lot of experimenting to get it right, at least in my case.

My latest thing is grains, legumes, and nuts. I've been eating quite a bit of lentils, almonds, pecans, quinoa, and farro. Techincally quinoa isn't a grain but rather a pseudo-grain, but it's one of the few plant sources that has all of the essential amino acids- a complete protein.

I also have taken quite a liking to my Ninja food processor. I've had it for a few years now, but only started using it recently. Lentils make for a great refried bean replacer (canned beans are very high in sodium) and add some tahini, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt (plus whatever other flavors you may enjoy) and you've got a great hummus. Lentils are my preferred legume due to it's short cooking time- about half an hour, and no pre-soaking required.

I've got plenty of other recipes, if provoked.
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Sonicfreak



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We love that stuff.

Praise Seitan, Seitan, Seitan!!!
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