Originally Posted by taxlady
How hard is it to make tempeh? Now that I have read that it can be made from legumes other than soy, I have an interest.
Its relatively easy to make. tedious , but easy.
Im not sure if this link is the actual recipe/ directions I used in the past, but it looks right.
You got to boil the beans, then let them cool
Then you gotta kinda rub them with your hands to kinda break them in half and removed the hull portion ( not all of them, but a good portion) . The hulls ( for the most part) float to the top of the water, and they have to be skimmed off.
Then the beans are drained, mixed with a little vinegar to provide the right PH ( to kill off unwanted bacteria and provide a good ph for the fungus to grow)
A Tempeh started is then mixed in. This is the one Ive used
The beans are then loaded into ziplock bags which have been pierced with a pin, tack...in inch increments to allow oxygen in during the fermentation process.
Once the bags are loaded and zipped shut, they are placed into an environment of 85 Degrees to do their thing for about 1 -2 days. I used my dehydrate at 90F ( thats the lowest it goes, but it worked out fine.
I suggest checking it after 24 hours. Once there is enough growth and th tempeh holds its shape and is kinda firm, it is done. It then has to be refrigerated or frozen. Ive leet if go the full 48 hours and found that it was kind of over fermented ( could have been the slightly extra heat).
I find homemade tempeh is a little softer than store bought. ( could be because theirs is vacuum packed, dont know).
Ive seen tempeh made with chickpeas and I think kidney beans, Its on my list of things to try but haven't yet. I think this link is where I saw it ( again, I never made it or anything from this source)
Everything I mentioned above is abbreviated, be sure to follow the recipe for the exact process, ingredients and measurements. But as I said, easy just tedious. Is it worth the effort? maybe .
I like seeing ( and understanding) how things are made. So for me, it's interesting, educational and fun.