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Vegetarian Ground "Meat"

A growing number of people are adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet because of the health and environmental benefits that go along with them. As the number of non-meat eaters rise, the processed food industry has been quick to adapt their products and create new brands to cater to this burgeoning multi-billion dollar market. But despite claims of being "all natural", many of these products have been heavily processed.
Course Basics
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Tofu
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Low-Carb, Low-Fat, Pescatarian, Vegan, Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 400 grams tofu - firm

Instructions

  1. Freeze the tofu in its packaging for at least 24 hours. I usually keep several frozen packs in the freezer at it will last for months.
  2. Let it defrost. If you want to speed up the process, just soak the whole package in a bowl of water for an hour.
  3. Open the package and drain the water. The tofu will have a spongy texture and squeezing it will release a yellow liquid.
  4. Over a colander (to catch any errant pieces), squeeze out as much liquid as you can using he palms of your hand, then rehydrate it under fresh running water. Try to retain it's original shape when squeezing or it will have a tendency to crumble apart. Repeat this washing process 6-8 times until the water coming out of the tofu is clear. The more you wash it the less soy smell it will have.
  5. When you're done washing the tofu, use your hands to squeeze the tofu into a ball, squeezing out as much liquid as you can.
  6. Crumble the tofu until it resembled cooked ground meat.
  7. Your tofu is now ready to use just as you would ground chicken, pork or beef. Keep in mind, you'll probably want to increase the amount of oil in whatever dish you use it in to make up for the lower fat content.