> I bought some TVP from the local health food store
> (Whole Foods) and was very disappointed with it.
> The only TVP I could find was in the bulk food section.
> It is a very light brown beige color and looks like
> small cumbles.
Sounds familiar so far...
> I soaked it in warm water, drained, and marinated
> in different sauces/marinades. Both me and my SO
> thought it tasted terrible with taco seasonings in
> tacos. Even mixed with ground beef, we could still
> taste the TVP. I tried to hide it in bean stews and
> lasagna as well as the already mentioned taco mix.
> Nothing worked - it just tasted "funny" and you could
> definately tell it was there.
Still sounds familiar... :)
I find that you really need to find something exceedingly strongly
flavored to put it into, so it kills the natural flavor of the TVP
itself. I only use TVP in my chili, and I add it dry and let the chili
juices reconstitute it. It's not the basis for my chili, it's just an
added texture. I can't imagine eating TVP if it were the main basis of
the dish -- it's just too weird smelling and tasting...
> I don't understand why everybody is talking about
> great TVP is. Does it go "bad" in the dried form?
> All I could find at the store was the unflavored
> dried crumbles. Where can I get flavored TVP and
> will it really make any difference in the taste?
> This stuff really tastes awful, like chemicals.
> Has anyone else had this experience? This is really
> frustrating since my SO is willing to try vege
> alternatives, but not if they taste this bad!
I've never tried the flavored TVP, so I don't know, but TVP is not the
only meat alternative out there. There are a number of halfway-decent
tasting (and smelling) things that aren't nearly as weird as TVP can
be. Don't give up on all meat alternatives just because one is somewhat
Reminds me somewhat of the non-dairy parmesan "cheese" that my husband
uses on his pasta. He loves it; I can't get my nose near it. Give me
TVP any day... :)
And TVP it can be an acquired taste. I used to find tofu vile; I now
love the stuff. TVP's pretty similar in my mind, as far as taste
acceptance is concerned.
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