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How to Make Seitan: First, gather your ingredients
If you want to try your hand at making seitan, this easy step-by-step tutorial is just what you need. Making seitan at home takes a few easy steps, Once you've done it once or twice, you'll be a pro and will save time and money.
Ingredients for basic homemade seitan:Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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To make your homemade seitan, first, combine the vital wheat gluten flour and dry spices in a medium-sized bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the soy sauce and the 3/4 cup vegetable broth or water.
Add liquid to dry ingredients and stir gently to combine. After a few initial stirs, you’ll probably need to use your hands for this since the gluten will have a rubbery consistency. Do not use an electric mixer! If needed, add more water a tablespoon at a time. It should be fully mixed while maintaining... the rubbery consistency. Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Once the mixture is well combined, knead your seitan 10-15 times, allow to sit for 5 minutes, then knead a few more times. Don't skip this step!Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Form seitan into smaller pieces
Separate your ball of gluten into three or four smaller chunks. Gently stretch each piece into a flat cutlet, around 3/4 inch thick. Seitan will expand when cooking, so keep them around 3/4 inch thick. Don’t worry about any holes that may form the gluten.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Simmer in broth
Add seitan to 4-6 cups of vegetable broth in a large pot and bring to a slow simmer. You can add extra spices or flavors to this broth. A quarter cup of soy sauce or tamari, a few pieces of fresh ginger and several slices of onion will add extra flavor to the seitan.
For a "fishy" seitan, add crumbled nori or other seaweed, or, for a chicken-flavored seitan, add some poultry seasoning and use a vegetarian chicken-flavored broth.
Cover the pot and allow to cook for an hour or more. Be sure... to use a large pot and plenty of broth, as seitan will expand. Seitan is done when it has firmed up and expanded.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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Prepare seitan or store until needed
When seitan has expanded and firmed (simmered for about an hour) remove from broth, allow to cool and use in a recipe or make a seitan stir-fry.
Seitan keeps well in the freezer in a sealed container or zip-top bag, so make a double batch and freeze for later, thawing for an hour or two first before using.