The biggest problem with Hoosier Hill Farm’s Textured Vegetable Protein is quality control. Before I purchased it, I read a few reviews on Amazon mentioning torn bags, but I figured they’re idiots. They probably accidentally cut the package themselves when they cut open the box. Lo and behold, I too received a cut open bag. The 5lb thick plastic bag had two or three gashes in the side that looked they they were from a box cutter. Being that I paid $22 for the stuff, I decided I’m going to eat the shit whether it kills me or not. Unsanitary? Yes. Absolutely. Unfortunately, I personally am stingy enough to put those thoughts aside and chow down.
Despite its lengthy cooking time, it can be used for all of the things you would usually use TVP for. Tacos, sloppy joes, burgers, meatballs, chili, etc. This TVP does taste a little… different though. Considering there are only two ingredients in the product, I have to assume it’s the taste of the food coloring they added. While I admit that it tastes a little odd, it’s so slight that it doesn’t really matter. TVP in general looks like cat vomit and taste like soggy Cheerios if you don’t add seasoning to it. This is rare for any food review, but with TVP I really don’t expect or care if it tastes good, as long as it is capable of absorbing the flavorings I’m adding to it. In this case, Hoosier Hill Farm TVP absorbs flavor beautifully (it just takes a while).
The level of imitation is a big bonus with this TVP in particular. While I hate that is takes so long to prepare compared to most TVP products, the end result is pretty decent. As long as you’re patient and let it reconstitute fully, this TVP will make you forget that you’re not eating meat.
Hoosier Hill Farm’s Textured Vegetable Protein come in either 2lb or 5lb thick plastic bags (not resealable). This TVP is shelf stable when stored dry, and has a shelf life of 22-24 months.
We purchased this product from Amazon. Currently a 2lb bag runs $8.30, and a 5lb bag sells for $21.99.
Hoosier Hill Farm does not appear to have a store locator, but you can click here to purchase the TVP directly from their website.
The instructions on the package say to boil 3/4 cup of water, and then add to 1 cup of TVP. Let sit for 10 minutes.
I’ve had better luck adding more water (usually a 1:1 ratio) and then simmering for ~15-20 minutes along with whatever spices you want to add.
This TVP could be a great ground beef or pork substitute in most recipes. You will need to go heavy when seasoning it though, whether you use imitation beef or pork stock, taco seasonings, etc. TVP isn’t exactly known for it’s incredible flavor…
Defatted soy flour, caramel color
NO Fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod)
NO Crustacean shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, shrimp)
NO Tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans)
Serving Size 1 Tablespoon (6g)
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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