How to Make and Cook Tempeh

How to make and cook tempeh, includes recipes for tempeh burgers, pizza, jambalaya, fried tempeh and tempeh with noodles.

| September/October 1977

Learn how to make and cook tempeh using this helpful guide.

Learn how to make and cook tempeh using this helpful guide.

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Learn how to make and cook tempeh with this step-by-step guide, includes recipes for tempeh dishes.

Tempeh Recipes

Tempeh Burger Recipe
Tempeh Pizza Recipe
Tempeh Jambalaya Recipe
Deep-Fried Tempeh Recipe
Cube-Fried Tempeh Recipe
Tempeh With Noodles Recipe

How to Make and Cook Tempeh

The Farm (see The Plowboy Papers with Stephen Gaskin in MOTHER NO. 45) is 1,000 happy souls living as a church on 1,700 acres in Tennessee. The Farm is also a completely vegetarian outfit and everyone on The Farm gets a great deal of his or her protein from soybeans served up in one form or another. And one of the most satisfying ways that soybeans are served on The Farm (and in millions of other communities and homes throughout the world, especially Southeast Asia) is in the form of delicious, nourishing tempeh. And here's . . .

Tempeh is a delicious, fermented, highprotein main dish with a unique flavor all its own. It has been a staple food for the people of Southeast Asia for centuries, and it was a hit here on The Farm the very first time we tried it. We've been making and eating tempeh for four years now and we still think it's the greatest food since yogurt.

Fermentation is one of the oldest forms of food processing known to man. A great many of the most primitive peoples at one time or another have independently discovered that some edibles don't immediately begin to spoil as they grow older . . . but, instead, actually get better. We now know that these foods — such as yogurt and tempeh — contain live organisms that are very healthful.

Scientists, for instance, have learned that the fermenting micro-organism of tempeh — a white mold, Rhizopus oligo sporusproduces compounds that act as antibiotics against some disease-causing organisms. In laboratory tests the tempeh mold was found to inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus (a food poisoning bacterium) and Klebsi ella pneumoniae (one of the bacterium which causes pneumonia), among others. It may even be possible to increase the body's resistance to infection by eating tempeh. If so, that fact would help explain the importance of fermented foods, such as tempeh, in countries with otherwise poor diet and sanitation.

1/11/2008 7:25:52 PM

Please help me to use tofu pulp,from making milk out of soybeans,,what else can i do from the pulp,,so wont be wasted and probably can make food out of it,,thanks i enjoyed your website,,very helpful,GOD bless

7/16/2007 5:43:20 PM

Very good instructions here. Thank you very much. God bless, Martin, in Tasmania (I am happy to correspond, but please don,t add me to a mailing list)

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