Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2005 05:23 am
Anybody tried Tofu?
Im attempting to gather the ingredients to make some healthy burger type things.
I read this morning its soyabean curd, which doesnt sound very appealing but it will be mixed with other yummy ingredients.

So I just wondered if anyone had tried it and what it tastes like.
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goodfielder
 
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Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2005 06:20 am
I like it. Having said that I have to advise it tastes of - well - nothing. You need to mix it with other foods. I like it with sweet chilli sauce (Thai sweet chilli). I use it in stir-frys but usually with a sauce such as Black Bean sauce.
You can deep fry it - don't freak out, it's not unhealthy if you have the oil very hot (preferably in a wok) and put the tofu pieces in until they are golden brown and get them out immediately. Shallow frying is actually worse at it absorbs a lot more oil. I use olive oil spray for stir fries as I have to watch my cholesterol.

I like the texture when it's cooked but as I said, you have to have other things with it that will impart flavour.
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2005 06:58 am
Been eating it for at least 30 years (my mother was a hippy). I prefer seitan (wheat gluten) when it comes to meat substitutes, but tofu has it's uses. If you search on the net you will find a zillion recipes.
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Bella Dea
 
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Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2005 07:01 am
Shewolf has some good ideas I think for tofu.
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material girl
 
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Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2005 07:16 am
Green Witch wrote:
Been eating it for at least 30 years (my mother was a hippy). I prefer seitan (wheat gluten) when it comes to meat substitutes, but tofu has it's uses. If you search on the net you will find a zillion recipes.


Wheat gluten, do you mean wheat and gluton free?

What does tofu have in it??(im lactose intolerant)
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2005 07:22 am
Tofu is soy, seitan is made from wheat. I don't know how to define the gluten part, it's already in the wheat and I think it is what helps hold things like bread together. Some chemist is welcome to expand on my pathetic explanation.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2005 07:25 am
I have not had tofu as part of a tofu burger, but have had it in many dishes. I love it. There are different types of tofu - some more firm than others - I tend to like the firmer ones, possibly because of the texture. I would imagine the burger would have to be made with the firmer type. Tofu is very healthy for you and has lots of calcium. It seems to me it takes on the flavor of whatever you are preparing it with so in the case of your burger, if there are lots of other yummy ingredients in it then my guess it would taste yummy.
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Chai
 
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Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2005 07:29 am
wow, I never heard of seitan, I'll have to try some....

I really like tofu MG, but like has been said, you have to mix it with something.

There's different textures, soft , firm, extra firm, used for different purposes.

I personally like the extra firm because I like to just cut into slabs and brown on each side and eat with some hoisen sauce.

GW - as resident expert, can you educate us on the texture differences?
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2005 07:29 am
Seitan strikes me as a better option for a burger. I luv seitan. SEITAN RULEZ!
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material girl
 
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Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2005 07:59 am
Among other things I think the ingredients were things like red kidney beans, onion and garlic.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2005 10:45 am
I try to get some soy in my diet on a weekly basis, but am cautious about any more as women of a certain age need to be a bit careful of its use.
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Chai
 
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Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2005 10:58 am
Really?!

Why?
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2005 11:05 am
Quote:
While the benefits of soy consumption for cardiovascular health have been confirmed, there is no evidence that soy foods improve breast health, particularly in non-Asian women, Dr. Carolyn Y. Fang of the Fox Chance Cancer Center in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, and colleagues note.

In fact, they point out in an article in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, there is some evidence that high soy consumption could actually increase breast cancer risk among US women.



http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_27317.html

... this is one of the more recent studies with this result ...
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Linkat
 
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Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2005 11:29 am
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2005 11:33 am
Tofu, with added colouring, makes excellent patch for stucco. Littlek taught me that.
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jespah
 
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Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2005 12:13 pm
Soy can also help a bit with menopause symptoms.
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Chai
 
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Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2005 12:24 pm
Yeah, I had heard the isoflavons were good for you, I'll have to research that more ehBeth. Thanks

Wow, I totally forgot all I drink is soy milk, I guess that makes me a higher consumer than I thought.

Hint - for those new to soy, if you want to try soy milk, you may not like the taste at first.....
Try starting off by using in your cereal...it doesn't taste that "different" that way, and then, when you decide to drink a glass of it, it tastes really good. Now, I like the flavor better than cow's milk. and it's a terrific source of calcium.

BTW, the choclate variety taste like yohoo to me
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Fri 28 Oct, 2005 07:34 am
Depending where you are in the US you can probably get a seitan product called Veat in your health food store. I swear it tastes just like chicken, even my carnivore father can't tell the difference. They will give your free coupons if you go to:
www.veat.com

Many chinese restaurants use veat in their vegetarian dishes instead of tofu. You can make seitan at home and there is a very good book called Cooking with Seitan by Barabaa Jacobs, but I find I can get good seitan easy enough without the work.

There is a also a company called Yves and another called Liteline that make seitan products, some of the products are better than others so you have to experiment. I get the two companies confused by which ever one does the chicken strips and the canadian bacon (makes a great Rueben sandwich) is the better one.

Also Morningstar Farms has a few faux meat products (not all with wheat gluten), including a good bacon that works on BLT's and in quiches. I like to test non-meat products on kids, if they can't tell it not real meat I know it's good. My niece thinks Boca burgers are just like McDonalds, don't know if that's a good thing or not.
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Fri 28 Oct, 2005 07:42 am
PS: Veat refers to itself as a soy product and there is soy in it, but a main ingredient is vital wheat gluten as far as I can remember.
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Fri 28 Oct, 2005 07:43 am
I think sometime in the near future I am going to start a thread entitled "Vital Wheat Gluten"
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