How to Make and Cook with Seitan

There are a few things you need to think about when beginning to make and cook with seitan. First, you will need to gather ingredients, and then make the seitan. Once that is done, you can then cook with it and you’ll have a tasty treat you’re sure to enjoy. Seitan it is a food substance that is very similar in look and texture to meat when it is cooked. Though it is made from wheat, it has very little in common with flour or bread, and is also known as wheat meat or wheat gluten.

A great benefit of seitan is it’s high protein levels, which makes it very popular among vegetarians. It is used at many asian restaurants as a fake meat, and is also the base for many Tofurky deli slices sold in stores.

Making Seitan

It’s a relatively simple process to make seitan and then create it into many different things. You will need the following ingredients to make seitan:
  • 1 cup of vital wheat gluten
  • 3/4 of a cup of water or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger powder
  • 6 cups of broth
  • 3 to 4 slices of onion-optional
  • 2 to 3 pieces of fresh ginger-also optional
Now that you have them gathered, you can begin making seitan. Take the gluten flour and dry spices, put them in a medium sized bowl, and mix them together. You should have a seperate bowl to mix the wet ingredients in. Add the liquids to the dry bowl and stir them gently in order to combine the mixtures. This process should be done by hand and not with an electric mixer. Your seitan will have a rubbery consistency, and if it is too dry you can add more water as needed, a single tablespoon each time. After mixing, you will need to knead the substance from ten to fifteen times, let it set for about five minutes, and then knead it a few more times.

Cooking with Seitan

Now that you’ve got your seitan mixed and kneaded, you can cook it. You will want to separate your seitan into three or four smaller chunks. Then you can stretch it gently, pulling the pieces into small, flat cutlets. Since seitan expands when it is cooked you will not have to worry about small holes that might form in your cutlets, and you’ll want to start out with thin cutlets. Now add the seitan to four cups of broth in a large pot and slowly simmer. If you want, you can add spices to the broth to flavor. Cover the pot and let it cook for an hour or more. You will know it is done when it has firmed up and expanded.
 
Seitan is an easily prepared and cooked food that can be used in many ways. It can be a substitute for meat, or even part of a meal on it’s own. Anyone can cook seitan, and it is full of nutricious benefits and would make a good addition to any diet.
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