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Tempeh in Glass
Tried the tempeh fermenting in the glass tray......it worked. Here are some pics.
I didn’t cover the glassware at all except it being in the incubator and being covered by the lid of the esky.
Luke from NSW has come up with an alternative to single use perforated bags. It looks fabulous and he assured me it passed the taste test!
Great result Luke!
Can I use tofu to make desserts?
Yes, there are some really quick and healthy recipes for sweet treats.
Here are a few.
Is there an alternative to soybeans for making tempeh?
Most legumes are suitable for tempeh making, some with the added bonus that they are available as splits (pre hulled).
Try combinations of split peas, chick peas, mung dal, lupin, lentils. You can also add small amount of cooked rice or sunflower seeds.
Banana leaves are the traditional wrapping used for tempeh fermentation and give a great result if you can source them.
Lukes third batch had problems. I asked Raprima for help with this and this was the reply:
This got too hot in the centre, killed the spores....open the lid for ventilation and cool air once it starts to produce heat...... environment of 25 Celsius is ok for finishing, cold take a bit longer but heat spoils.
I am seriously impressed with Joes first batch of tempeh: soybeans, chickpeas and black beans, ready after 24 hours.
Milla asks: What is the problem?
What has happened is that the tempeh has been left too long and the rhizopus has fruited. The grey are the spores (just like a mushroom).
Once the white mycelium begins to appear, the tempeh needs to be cooled. It generates its own heat. You may need to open or take the lid off remove before the mycelium totally covers the beans or the high temperatures kill the rhizopus.
If you put it in the fridge (not in a stack) it will continue growing till firm.
If it smells fresh and nutty, you can still eat it. If it smells a bit like ammonia, don't.
Another great result! Tempeh loves the summer warmth.
Can I add flavourings to tofu when I make it?
Seaweed, dried herbs, chilli flakes and grated vegetables can be added to firm tofu before coagulation. Chopped walnuts are often used in traditional tofu making for special occasions.