Dried Soya Mince Tips
With everyone looking to cut their meat intake and watch the pennies, this is a great store cupboard ingredient to use to get protein into your diet at a very low cost. And these tips will make non-soya mince lovers enjoy the meals you create.
Tip Number 1: When using dried soya mince, treat it like real mince. Cook the soya mince for a long time as you would your favourite meat mince dish. It makes for a better end product, much softer and less ‘rubbery’ than the 15 minutes or so that are recommended on the packet.
Of course, if you only have X minutes to get a meal on the table, I would cook the soy mince for the shorter time stated on the packet. But a long, slow-boiling pot of soya mince is a game changer. This cooking method made my family enjoy the dried soya mince, which they had never had before.
Tip Number 2: Try organic dried soya mince that you rehydrate for 10 minutes, as opposed to the frozen meat alternatives. My thinking was that if something is rehydrated and then cooked in a sauce, it is more flavourful. The soya mince found in the fridge that has the pieces sealed in and are individual ‘fried’ pieces of soya is less able to take in the flavours of the dish that you are creating. Whereas the rehydrated product is able to soak all the flavours and sauces in. This is also a great store cupboard ingredient.
The curried mince recipe that I made using the dried soya mince was delicious, and I may go as far as saying it tasted like normal mince, and my family loved it. I have a few more interesting ideas to make using mince, so switch to soy mince and give these tips a try.
With everyone looking to cut their meat intake and watch the pennies, this is a great store cupboard ingredient to use to get protein into your diet at a very low cost.
So next time you are making a cottage pie, bolognaise sauce, curried mince, or a new mince recipe, use these tips, and you will love your soya mince meals even more.