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Homemade seitan

I’ve made seitan from scratch before but never been super impressed with the results until today. I just got fed up with the cost of store bought seitan so I did some research and found a super easy recipe on a Swedish blog. It just requires all-purpose flour and water for the base.

6-7 cups all-purpose flour

Blend flour and water until you are left with a shiny dough. This is where the work is, work that dough really hard because the more you work it the better result you’ll have. I used a kitchen aid to help me out and probably ran it for about 20 minutes. I added more flour as I saw fit if the dough was too sticky. Cover bowl with a plastic wrap and place in fridge for at least 6 hours or even better overnight.

Washing out all the starch cant take it’s little time

Add cold water to dough and begin kneading and “washing” the dough from all the stretch. The water will get white so drain water and add more. Repeat this process until water is clear and you now have something resembling a large piece of gum and is the wheat gluten protein.

Looks strange

Combine seitan in a food processor and  any flavoring you want. I made it simple and just used a garlic and herb salt. Hold on to the processor and you blend in the flavors.

Ready to add some fun flavors

Now place seitan in a saucepan and cover with vegetables stock. Bring to a boil and cook for 1-1 1/2 hours. The seitan will float up to the surface when it’s done.

You can use the seitan many different ways. You can slice it and cook in butter and spices in a frying pan. Cut into smaller pieces and use in stew. You can grate it and use and minced. There are endless possibilities:)

Ready to be eaten!

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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