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Hey everyone.<br>
I am so frustrated right now!<br><br>
So usually I always steam my seitan.<br><br>
Today I wanted to try a new recipe which called for boiling the seitan in seasoned broth. So FIRST try I put the broth in a large pot and so the seitan wasn't fully covered. That didn't work as the pan bottom got all burnt. THEN I figured to try the rest of the seitan in a small pot with the same amount of broth. When I put in the seitan this time it all went to pieces and became a consistency of clumpy mashed potatoes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"><br><br>
Does anyone have any experience boiling seitan? Help! I am so annoyed by this!
 

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First, I must tell you that cooking seitan is tricky to get it right. I have had <b>no</b> luck at all with boiling it. It always turned out rubbery. My best luck was with making it with silken tofu (about half tofu, half wheat gluten) and baking it.<br><br>
Edit: here's a recipe that is great. If you decide to use it, be sure to wrap the seitan in a lot of tin foil (and preferably the thick kind). It can explode if wrapped weakly.<br><br><a href="http://megatarian.blogspot.com/2008/03/seitan-how-to.html" target="_blank">http://megatarian.blogspot.com/2008/...an-how-to.html</a>
 

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I simmer it in water or broth for 50 minutes, but I try not to let it boil. Sometimes it sticks to the bottom of the pan at little, but it has never burned. Maybe, just lower your heat a bit? I've never had my seitan fall apart. Sounds like you had too much water liquid in it. Hopefully, this video will be helpful to you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwsLl3uQ0ms" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwsLl3uQ0ms</a>
 

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I've never even considered steaming. Maybe I'll try that next time. I always boil mine, and it usually comes out just fine. Sometimes it's... squeaky, consistency, but I think that's from my recipe more than the boiling.
 

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@delicioso - argh thanx for the video! In my book it said to add it once the water was boiling! NO WONDER it all came apart... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:"> Next time I will try again and just do as she does - throw in the seitan and then cover it with broth.<br><br>
@kazyeeqen - I think steaming makes it wonderful. I usually use the recipe for the Chicken Style Seitan in Vegan Diner. It is super delicious. (you just have to wrap the seitan in aluminum foil quite tight and steam for about 50mins) Today I wanted to make 'fish and chips' so my fish part didn't really work out as planned <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 

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Try simmering it in a slow cooker. It provides better temperature regulation than the range top.
 

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I know you didn't ask for a recipe, but this one from theppk.com is REALLY good, and it's baked!<br><a href="http://www.theppk.com/2011/11/seitan-roast-stuffed-with-shiitakes-and-leeks/" target="_blank">http://www.theppk.com/2011/11/seitan...kes-and-leeks/</a>
 

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At first I thought this said "boring Seitan" and I was ready to make a crappy paint comic as well as rage and rant at you, but then logic hit me. I need to stop browsing the forums at 2 in the morning.<br><br>
Good luck with your Seitan! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 
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