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#1 Old 09-25-2009, 01:16 PM
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Ok, so I've tried making homemade seitan a few different ways now. It doesn't matter if I boil it, bake it, slow cook it in a crockpot. It doesn't matter if I season it like fake chicken, sausage, or with anything else in my rather extensive spice cabinet. I use vital wheat gluten from Whole Foods' bulk area. It just has a flavor like pizza crust that's been simmered in liquid for a while. I'm coming to grips with the fact that I just don't like seitan I think.

So, for those of you who don't like seitan, what do you use to replace it in recipes that call for it? Can I swap it out for tofu that's been pressed for a while maybe? Or would it break down into mush? I'm reading Vegan with a Vengeance, and while most of the recipes sound fab, I just don't like seitan! I want to like it, but I don't. Of course, if you have a seitan recipe that's totally to die for and doesn't leave that weird wheat-y flavor in one's mouth, I'm willing to try again. I'm just not rather hopeful about it.
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#2 Old 09-25-2009, 02:26 PM
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Depends on the recipe - can you list them.

Have you tried seitan o greatness? Most people seem to like the seasoning with that one.
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#3 Old 09-25-2009, 02:31 PM
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Sadly, I have. It was the first one I tried, and its still in the fridge totally uneaten. Its got a strange "wheat-y" flavor (that makes sense since it IS wheat gluten, but I find it to be pretty gross).

I could list I suppose - I don't have the book right in front of me at the moment though (posting from my Blackberry).
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#4 Old 09-25-2009, 02:47 PM
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I don't think it's very flavorful (or healthy), either, but some people like it.

It'd be cool if you can post recipes!
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#5 Old 09-25-2009, 02:47 PM
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I mean not post the recipes but the description of recipes that you want to replace seitan in. Oops.
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#6 Old 09-25-2009, 05:03 PM
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Depending on the recipe, sometimes pressed tofu can be used. Or chunks of portabello mushroom. Or TVP. Or tempeh or many other things... it just really depends on the recipe.

So let us know what recipe specifically, and maybe someone can help.

Oh, and btw, I have to season my seitan about 3X more than what most recipes say or I get that "wheat-y" flavor too... if you like the texture, you might be able to stumble onto a seasoning recipe you like.

Also, just the tiniest bit of LEMON ZEST in your seitan really helps kill that "wheaty-bready" flavor.

Don't waste the seitan you already made, grind it up and use in as burger in spaghetti or sloppy joe sauce. Add enough seasonings to those and simmer long enough and you'd be surprised how you can "rescue" it.
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#7 Old 09-25-2009, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by penny79 View Post

I don't think it's very flavorful (or healthy), either, but some people like it.

It'd be cool if you can post recipes!

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#8 Old 09-25-2009, 06:31 PM
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I hate seitan, but then I had fake chicken strips in a peanut satay sauce and it was good. maybe it's a matter of only eating recipes in which the flavour is thoroughly covered.

what about tempeh?
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#9 Old 09-27-2009, 01:22 PM
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I've had the same problem where I have wasted soooo much of it because it simply didn't turn out right.

A few months back I picked up chicken style seitan at WF and I actually liked it. I made a lot of different things with it too. So maybe you can try that?
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