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missandrea
Aug 9th, 2006, 10:41 PM
I try to take in soy in moderation, for hormonal and thyroid reasons. Does anyone know if "tofu" can be made from nut milks? I can't image why not, but since i cant find any info on it, who knows. I figured I would get one of those tofu makers...anyone tried those?

Tigerlily
Aug 9th, 2006, 11:31 PM
Seitan or tempeh (I can never remember) is made from wheat gluten. It's not like tofu, as far as I know, but another similar thing.

twinkle
Aug 9th, 2006, 11:32 PM
The closest thing I've seen to a commercial tofu-type nut foodstuff is Granose nuttolene (http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/frameset/detail/484018.html) - I haven't eaten it in decades, but I seem to remember I liked it.

Not sure whether you could try a homemade tofu - I tried to make yoghurt using nut milk once and it didn't work (whereas it's easy to make it with soya milk) so they probably have different properties and may need a different coagulant. Worth experimenting with though.

DancingWillow
Aug 9th, 2006, 11:33 PM
I thought that tempeh was made from whole soy beans :confused:

twinkle
Aug 9th, 2006, 11:34 PM
Seitan or tempeh (I can never remember) is made from wheat gluten. It's not like tofu, as far as I know, but another similar thing.
Seitan is the wheat gluten one.

Tempeh is meant to be the most easily digested soya product, though, because it goes through a relatively long process of ...I want to say fermentation, but I don't think that's the right word.

fiamma
Aug 9th, 2006, 11:43 PM
Have a look here (http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art29434.asp)missandrea. All the info you could ever need! Looks very time consuming though.

missandrea
Aug 10th, 2006, 01:16 AM
fiamma, I went to the link but did not find much about nutmilk tofu? Did i go to the wrong place?

fiamma
Aug 10th, 2006, 10:06 AM
Sorry missandrea, I must have been asleep when I read your post 'cos I completely misread it - arghhh! Still, research is my middle name, so I'll keep looking around. Sorry :o

meggymaggoo
Aug 10th, 2006, 12:02 PM
Have a look here (http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art29434.asp)missandrea. All the info you could ever need! Looks very time consuming though.

If nobody comes up with an alternative how about trying the recipe for Tofu from Fiamma's link but substituting a different bean or nut? Experiment? :)

claireyveg
Aug 10th, 2006, 12:14 PM
I've seen nutmeat before, but it is very high in fat, not surprisingly... am i missing something, is tofu not good for you? I'm in trouble if this is case, i live on the stuff :confused:

fiamma
Aug 10th, 2006, 12:15 PM
I found the following on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tofu):
Tofu made from other legumes

Black bean tofu (黑豆花): A type of tofu made from black beans (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_bean) and soybeans, which is usually made into tofu flower (豆 (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E8%B1%86)花 (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E8%8A%B1), dòuhuā) rather than firm or dry tofu. The texture of black bean tofu is slighty more gelatinous than regular tofu flower and the colour is greyish in tone. This type of tofu is eaten for the earthy "black bean taste."
Burmese tofu (to hpu in Burmese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burmese_language)): A type of tofu made from chick pea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chickpea) (chana dal) flour instead of soybeans; the Shan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shan) variety uses yellow split peas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigeon_pea) instead. Both types are yellow in color and generally found only in Myanmar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myanmar), though the Burman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamar) variety is also available in some overseas restaurants serving Burmese cuisine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuisine_of_Myanmar).Burmese Tofu Recip (http://www.netcooks.com/recipes/Salads/Burmese-Style.Tofu.html)So theoretically it is possible :) Maybe you could get one of those soymilk/tofu making machines and experiment like meggymaggoo says?

Mr Flibble
Aug 10th, 2006, 12:16 PM
I was under the impression that you'd die if you don't consume fat in your diet?

meggymaggoo
Aug 10th, 2006, 12:26 PM
Great find Fiamma - you are indeed a Research Goddess! :)

fiamma
Aug 10th, 2006, 12:37 PM
Great find Fiamma - you are indeed a Research Goddess! :)

:D :cool: Thanks :)

missandrea
Aug 11th, 2006, 05:18 PM
Yes...fiamma you ARE indeed the research goddess!! Thank you...I think I will try out a couple recipes and see if i can make it happen!

Clareyveg...Soy is good in moderation, just like anything else. It is a fantastic source of protein and many studies show additional benefits. And if you feel good eating lots of it then great! Your body knows what it needs. For some of us with thyroid and/or horomone problems, too much soy can aggravate the problems. And soy is also a common allergen, though i cant imagine how awful it would be to be allergic to soy! Always looking for alternatives as I do a lot of special diet cooking for people.

Thanks again everyone!

fiamma
Aug 11th, 2006, 05:40 PM
I think I will try out a couple recipes and see if i can make it happen!

Good on you missandrea - keep us posted won't you?!

fiamma
Aug 11th, 2006, 05:47 PM
I don't know if you picked up on this link (http://www.netcooks.com/recipes/Salads/Burmese-Style.Tofu.html)from the Wikipedia piece I posted above - I completely missed it :) It's a recipe for tofu made from chick pea flour, no tofu maker required.
Happy tofu-making, hope you find something that works. :)