topic posted Sun, September 10, 2006 - 4:19 PM by  Unsubscribed
Since Tuno is off the market, I'm trying to replicate the consistency..

USDA label says:

"Ingredients: Textured soy protein, water, expeller pressed canola oil, yeast extract, fractionated coconut oil, corn starch, hydrolyzed corn protein, sea salt, soy fiber, citric acid, wheat germ oil, natural vegan flavors, onion powder"

TVP + water + oil + starch is the base.. citric acid speeds up the canning process, the rest is pointless (except I think that celery is one of the big 'natural flavors'.

The question is how to get TVP into largish (1-2" firm/non-spongy) slimy chunks.. flavor isn't really important until that's done. Anyone been successful with this?

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  • Re: Tuno..

    Sun, September 10, 2006 - 5:30 PM
    I've never used Tuno as I've never heard a good review, but for years I've made a sandwich spread that some of my non veggie friends think tastes like tuna (insert inappropriate joke here). Don't know if this comes close to what you want...but it might help with a craving.

    I use 1 can of chick peas and smash them up, add about 1-2 tsp of paprinka, 2 tsp garlic powder, 1 claussen kosher dill pickle minced (you can use dill relish too, but I love claussens), 2 tbsp pickle juice, mix together and then add veganaise, salt and pepper to taste. It doesn't taste fishy but apparently it is a close substitute in taste and texture

    Hope this helps a little

    Oh, and the recipe is my own but I know I originally saw the idea for chickpeas instead of tuna on some veggie recipe site
    • Re: Tuno..

      Sun, September 10, 2006 - 5:42 PM
      tuna spread?

      ...better than unicorn mayonase?

      • Re: Tuno..

        Sun, September 10, 2006 - 7:00 PM
        Oh Joe, I knew I could count on you to make fun of my "tuna"

        (I think I'm going use Unicorn Mayonaise at my halloween party)
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          Re: Tuno..

          Mon, September 11, 2006 - 10:21 PM
          That sounds like a really great recipe Simply...if you want to add a fishy taste you could always add some seaweed. I make a "tuna" salad with tempeh and wakame...for a saltier flavour use nori and for a sweeter flavour use dulse.
          just soak the seaweed and process it with the tempeh.
          I'll try yours...cuz regardless what meat-eaters may think it tastes like, all the ingredients are tasty so it HAS to taste good :-)
          I would never have thought of pickles...thanks! :-)
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            Re: Tuno..

            Tue, September 12, 2006 - 6:23 AM
            plus, I would guess that some of the "natural vegan flavours" in the tuno recipe...are seaweed of some kind.
            Do you know why they no longer make it? damn! I needed it for my cat...i'm trying to get him used to this vegan catfood and they are suggesting to add tuno to it.
            ah well...if anyone here pefects the recipe please let me know.
          • Re: Tuno..

            Tue, September 12, 2006 - 1:02 PM
            I forgot to add that sometimes I add finely chopped celery. Personally, I'm not a fan of "fishy" Even before I was vegetarian I stopped eating fish when I had a spoiled tuna sandwich for lunch in gradeschool. ICK But the seaweed would probably help people more closely clone the taste

            I wonder if you just added the seaweed your cat would like the cat food more The cat that lives in our back yard (he just comes "home" for dinner) is a corn tortilla thief so perhaps there is a food that your cat really likes that could be mixed in to get used to the taste
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              Re: Tuno..

              Tue, September 12, 2006 - 2:30 PM
              GET OUT OF MY HEAD!!! ;-) I was just thinking that today on the streetcar after I posted.
              My cat chews on corn cobs when we leave them ahanging around, and after all, wet cat food is mostly meat, but it has corn, flax and rice and other vegetarian foods in it, and dry cat food is mostly corn and rice and sometimes even ...I will try that and see...?
      • Re: Tuno..

        Thu, July 12, 2007 - 6:34 PM
        Nearly a year later, and I don't even have to watch the video to start grinning like an idiot, thanks Joe!
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          Re: Tuno..

          Thu, July 12, 2007 - 8:34 PM
          yep Joe definitely has staying power.
          huh? huh? ;-)
    • Re: Tuno..

      Mon, September 11, 2006 - 1:44 PM
      I also make this, and it's awesome! I add celery seed and dulse flakes in mine too.
      • Re: Tuno..

        Tue, September 12, 2006 - 9:18 AM
        You could always blend the tvp into a paste, that way it wont have the slimy texture. It would be more like a spread then chunks.
        • Re: Tuno..

          Wed, September 13, 2006 - 6:49 PM
          one of the few things i crave is the taste of the sea. thats why i often eat seaweed. however, that packaged tuna stuff was wicked gross. i'd rather eat cat food. i'd love to try all the home cookin' versions.

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