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How do you cook with soy crumbles?

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To prepare soy crumbles or soy mince "meat," prepare the product according to the manufacturer's directions and substitute it for ground meat in a recipe. Soy crumbles can be used in dishes such as spaghetti bolognese, chili, nachos or meatballs.

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Soy crumbles are a vegetarian and vegan alternative to ground meat. They are made out of texturized soy protein and are available in a variety of different forms and flavors. Some soy crumbles are unflavored, whereas others come in flavors such as chicken or beef. They are available in dried or frozen varieties. Cooks can prepare dried varieties using the following steps:

  1. Rinse the soy crumbles
  2. Rinse the dried soy crumbles under cold water.

  3. Boil the liquid
  4. Bring 1 cup of liquid to a boil. Stock, broth or water work well, but stock or broth can add extra flavor.

  5. Cook the soy
  6. Add the soy crumble granules and then bring the liquid down to a simmer and cover. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes.

  7. Drain excess liquid
  8. Drain any excess liquid from the crumbles.

Cooks can prepare frozen soy crumbles in the microwave or on the stove. They should add water to moisten the crumbles while defrosting. The exact amount of moisture needed depends on the brand of crumbles, so cooks should follow the instructions on the packaging.

Once the soy crumbles are cooked or defrosted, cooks can substitute the ingredient for ground meat in a variety of different recipes. They can also use soy crumbles alongside meat in recipes.

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