TVP, some of you may have heard of it, some not.  But I’ll try and break it down to the basics.

What is TVP? 
TVP stands for Textured Vegetable Protein.   This highly nutritious meat substitute is processed from defatted soy flour which contains more than 52% protein along with 18% total dietary fiber.

Ham Flavored TVP

How do I use TVP?
It can be used as a meat replacement or meat extender.   To reconstitute add one part TVP to one part hot water.  Allow TVP to hydrate for about 15 minutes.  Adding 1/2 cup TVP to 1/2 water will yield about 1 cup of cooked meat.

How long will TVP store?
Honeyville’s TVP will store for 10-20 years in a sealed #10 can (Oxygen Absorber included) under ideal storage conditions (cool, dry place).

What does TVP taste like?
Honeyville carries a variety of flavors:  Bacon, Beef, Chicken, Chili, Ham, Sausage, Taco, and Unflavored.  The unflavored variety can be seasoned to go along with any dish that you are preparing.

Like most products, I think TVP has come along way in flavor and taste areas.  I’ve tried the Bacon, Beef, Ham, and Sausage varieties.  Both the Bacon and Ham taste and smell similar and have a smokiness to them.

I’ve used the Bacon TVP (not rehydrated) to sprinkle on salads, pasta dishes, and to make Loaded Mashed Potatoes

The Ham TVP came in handy for my St. Patty’s Day inspired breakfast: Green Eggs & Ham and Shamrock Pancakes.

I don’t know if Dr. Seuss was Irish or not but the food was green and it fit the theme 🙂
And the food coloring made the meat go that color, normally it isn’t so…weird. 

The Sausage TVP is a must for Breakfast Burritos in my house.  I think it is so much easier to rehydrate the TVP rather than fry up patties or links.  Plus major bonus my house doesn’t smell like Fried Meat the rest of the day! 

Don’t just take my word for it–here are what customers are saying about TVP:

Vi (Nevada) 2/3/2010 7:41 PM  (commenting on Beef TVP)

This is a great product! 🙂 I am on my way to becoming vegetarian, this helps a lot! I used it today with a jar of spaghetti sauce, a 16oz bottle of water, some fresh black pepper and chili flakes. It is super satisfying. 🙂

Monique (North Carolina) 11/4/2010 12:18 PM  (Commenting on Chicken TVP)

Hey Y’all! I was leary about the Chicken TVP, but the prices on dehydrated chicken chunks was outside my budget, so I gave these a try…and I was NOT disappointed!! While not as large as traditional chunk, the taste AND texture are very authentic!! I didnt think it was too salty, but I added a little extra water and let it sit longer and lightly drained it. I have 5 children, and it definitely will save us money for recipes that call for chicken like a cassarole, enchiladas or chicken soup…Im even going to try to make chicken nuggets by partially freezing the chicken before rolling in batter and frying..I’ll let you know how it works out!! You OWE it to yourself to check this out.. Chicken is getting very expensive, and to be able to have something that I can pull off the shelf REGARDLESS of the price in the local grocery is a relief!!

MaddyD (ND) 8/19/2010 12:09 PM (Commenting on Unflavored TVP)

This unflavored tvp is amazing; no weird taste or aftertaste. Tastes better than any tvp we’ve ever tried. Used with Honeyville’s blanched almond flour (umm, umm good too) and veggies, etc., to make the most delish low carb, high fiber, ‘good fat’ (added coconut oil) ‘burgers.’ Am excited to try other recipes with tvp that always sounded good but the results were much less than satisfying. Next order will be for a case.

May (arizona) 3/3/2011 2:12 AM (Commenting on Bacon TVP)
Love love love these bits! I couldnt enjoy regular bacon anymore but couldnt live without it either. These crunchy munchies are awesome on salads, soups, potatoes but the best.. midnight BLTs!!! We dont rehydrate them, the texture is kinda funky to me when hydrated. its a great way to be more health conscience and money wise at the same time!
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I hope this post has helped clear up some questions on TVP.  Try it out–you’ll be glad you did!
Happy Eating!