We all know that it is important to cut down on fat and not eat quite as much red meat. But how can you convince your family to give up their favorite dishes like pizza, lasagna, and tacos? The good news is you don't have to! Made from soybeans, Textured Vegetable Protein is a meat substitute that is used in a variety of foods. The oil is removed from the bean then ground into flour. From the flour it can be formed into any texture or size needed and flavored to be Imitation Bacon Bits, Beef Granules, or large pieces such as Sausage and Chicken. When cooked, it resembles Ground Beef or Chicken.
Sound too strange to try? Chances are you already have. Most "bacon" bits used on salads and potatoes are made of Textured Vegetable Protein. Textured Vegetable Protein is also used in convenience and fast foods as a meat extender. Just check the label! If it says, "texturized soy flour," then the food contains Textured Vegetable Protein.
One of the greatest benefits of Textured Vegetable Protein is its long shelf life. Canned with an oxygen absorber enclosed and kept properly it will store for 5-7 years. After opening, it will last for up to 6 months. Refrigerating or freezing like regular meats is not necessary until it is hydrated.
Textured Vegetable Protein is more economical than meat. Even the cheapest cuts of meat may be more expensive than your average serving of Textured Vegetable Protein. Depending what area you live in, you could save as much as 86% over the cost of real hamburger. And remember, hamburger is not 100% beef. Beef fat is added when the hamburger is ground, up to 20% of it, depending upon what grade of meat it is. This means, that after the meat is browned, drained, and rinsed to remove extra fat, you end up with a lot less hamburger. With Textured Vegetable Protein, none of that food value is lost in preparation.
Textured Vegetable Protein is lower in fat than red meat. A lot lower, in fact. The average serving of Textured Vegetable Protein contains usually about 5 grams of fat. That's the same as lean broiled chicken or fish. And the fat found in the soy of Textured Vegetable Protein is vegetable fat, which is healthier than animal fat.
After Textured Vegetable Protein has been hydrated, it can be added to any recipe that calls for meat. It can be used as a meat extender too. If you need 3 lbs. of meat when you only have two, add Textured Vegetable Protein to your meat to make up the difference.
Textured Vegetable Protein is easy to prepare--even easier than real meat! It's a lot of effort to defrost hamburger, fry it, and drain the meat. And you have to deal with greasy pans afterward. With Textured Vegetable Protein, it's much simpler. Just simmer in water for ten minutes, and the Textured Vegetable Protein is fully rehydrated. Keep in mind that Textured Vegetable Protein should be handled just as you would raw meat: make sure your cooking area is clean and refrigerate any extra hydrated Textured Vegetable Protein. Textured Vegetable Protein may not even need to be hydrated to cook with it. Just add it to you meal and simmer for an extra ten minutes. Extra liquid will need to be added to your recipe (see back of #10 can for details).
Sausage Textured Vegetable Protein is great in quiche and casseroles. Add it to gravy over biscuits or put it on top of pizza. Taco Textured Vegetable Protein is perfect for burritos and tacos. Lasagna and your favorite casseroles are easy to make with the Beef and Chicken Textured Vegetable Protein. The possibilities are endless. Add the Sausage to your Scrambled Eggs in the morning, make a chip dip out of the Taco Textured Vegetable Protein (by adding Cheese Sauce, salsa and Sour Cream) or add the Beef Textured Vegetable Protein to spaghetti sauce. For recipes using Textured Vegetable Protein and more, check out our recipe section.
Soy beans provide you with the protein, important fiber, vitamins, and calcium that your body needs. Textured Vegetable Protein is also low in fat and cholesterol, has fewer calories, yet it is flavored to taste like your favorite meats. Textured Vegetable Protein at Emergency Essentials¬Æ does not contain MSG.
Is there any reason not to have Textured Vegetable Protein in your food storage? You can use it in your daily meals in a snap, get less fat and more fiber while you're at it, and feel reassured that in a crisis situation, you can still cook normal dinners your family will feel at peace eating. What more could you want?