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How do you get the seitan to become stringy like meat? So far I have only made it one time and followed the directions on the bag. It said to mix with water and other seasonings and boil for a hour. It came out pretty dense with a good chew but was not stringy at all. I had the frozen bbq ribs from whole foods the name of the brand eludes me, (it wasn't morning star) but the texture of the seitan was stringy and just like meat. I would really like to duplicate this. I've googled it without much luck. Any tips?
 

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Ok so it is made by vegetarian plus and has the following ingredients:<br>
Soybean Fiber, Water, Tapioca Modified Starch, Soybean Protein, Soybean Oil, Wheat Protein, Soy Sauce, Raw Cane Sugar, Sea Salt, Natural Vegetarian Flavor, Yeast Peptone Powder, Trehalose, Carrageenan, White Pepper Powder, Cinnamon Powder, Spices. Sauce: Maltose, Plum Juice, Vinegar.
 

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I make it from scratch but to get it kinda stringy I like to bake it in the oven and only slightly undercook it.
 

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I saw a recipe on here for "ribs" that combines vital wheat gluten and silken tofu. Think I will give that a try.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Adamrb1980</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3018024"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I saw a recipe on here for "ribs" that combines vital wheat gluten and silken tofu. Think I will give that a try.</div>
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You have the link for that? I'm curious about this too.
 

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<a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/newvb/showthread.php?115830-Seitanic-Ribz&highlight=seitan" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/newvb/sh...ghlight=seitan</a><br><br>
This recipe looks awesome!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Adamrb1980</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3018077"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/newvb/showthread.php?115830-Seitanic-Ribz&highlight=seitan" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/newvb/sh...ghlight=seitan</a><br><br>
This recipe looks awesome!</div>
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Oh thanks much! This <i>does</i> look good.
 

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Made that recipe last night, didn't really like it. Not firm enough imo. I have seen people talk about using mung beans in the mix to get the stringyness. I'm going to try mung beans and some ground up ****ake mushroom in my next batch.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Adamrb1980</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3018717"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Made that recipe last night, didn't really like it. Not firm enough imo. I have seen people talk about using mung beans in the mix to get the stringyness. I'm going to try mung beans and some ground up ****ake mushroom in my next batch.</div>
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Mine didn't turn out so great either. Could be user error...I don't know. Did seem like it was underdone in the middle - though definitely not the outside. I just expected it to have more flavor on its own. You can douse anything in BBQ sauce and it'll taste good.
 

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Mine didn't turn out so great either. Could be user error...I don't know. Did seem like it was underdone in the middle - though definitely not the outside. I just expected it to have more flavor on its own. You can douse anything in BBQ sauce and it'll taste good.</div>
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Yeah seemed underdone for mine as well. I screwed up two batches of seitan over the weekend. I will get it right!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Adamrb1980</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3021593"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Yeah seemed underdone for mine as well. I screwed up two batches of seitan over the weekend. I will get it right!</div>
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Vegan with a Vengeance and Veganomicon both noted <a href="http://heart1lly.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/recipe-simple-seitan/" target="_blank">this recipe</a>, which I've tried and have to say it's pretty awesome. If you cut thicker slices - (like pork-chop size) it has great texture/firmness.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Seitan is usually made for vital wheat gluten flour - and it is the gluten that provides the stringy texture you are after. You can buy bags of the flour online, and you may be able to get it locally from an Asian store or a health food shop (I can't unfortunately).<br><br>
You make it tougher and stringier by kneading it for longer.
 
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