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Home Made Seitan 2
From: "camphead design"

Here's a recipe for homemade Gluten (aka Seitan).
You can also buy it prepackaged in some areas.

  • 1 c Instant gluten flour or "vital wheat gluten" (NOT just regular high gluten flour -- it's just gluten powder)*
  • 1 c water
Stir gluten powder & water together, adding more water if necessary.
You want a nice thick dough.
Knead to make the gluten elastic and squeeze out the excess water.
Break in small (1") pieces and simmer in a vegetable broth at least 1/2 hour.
Note: The longer you knead and simmer the gluten, the tougher it will become, so you can pick your own texture.

You can add seasonings to the gluten flour to make a more savory-flavored product.
Also experiment with simmering the seitan in varying broths for extra flavor.

* Seitan can also be produced starting with whole high-gluten flour (see rec.food.veg.cooking; full instructions were there not too long ago -- also where I got these instructions on using gluten powder) -- but you start with the likes of 10 cups of flour and after rinsing end up with about 1 cup of gluten.
Beginning with pure gluten powder is a bit easier if you can get it.
I buy it bulk at the health-food store.
According to _Vegan Vittles_ by Joanne Stepaniak (this cookbook has lots of seitan and soy recipes and "substitutions") , gluten flour can be ordered from The Mail Order Catalog, PO Box 180, Summertown, TN 38483. 1-800-695-2241.