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Textured soy protein

Soy chunks or textured soy protein, often called TSP, is used by the food industry in many foods products, mainly foods that resemble meat products such as beef, pork or chicken. Soy chunks are also available in health stores. It is granular in texture and once rehydrated it has the texture of minced beef. To use textured soy protein read the instruction on the packages. Normally it says to rehydrate the protein in cold or hot water and to let it rehydrate for a few minutes. When you add a bit of vinegar or lemon juice the textured soy protein rehydrates quicker. Textured soy protein can replace, completely or partly, ground beef in most recipes. Textured soy protein is also available in larger pieces that take on the consistency of stew meat after rehydration or as ready to eat soy jerky. Textured soy protein has a shelf-life of more than a year when stored dry at room temperature. After rehydration, it should be used at once or stored for a max 3 days in the refrigerator.

Production of Soy Chunks

Soy chunks are made from de-fatted soy flour that is compressed and processed into granules or chunks. During this process, the structure of the soy proteins changes in fibres.
Most soy chunks are produced from de-fatted soy flour, soy flakes or soy concentrates with an extrusion process. This extrusion technology can form a fibrous matrix which is almost similar than that of meat. In the 1960s texturing of soy protein made it possible to develop physical structures with the same eating sensation of meat.

Industrial use of Textured Soy Protein

The principal use of texturized soy protein products is as a meat extender in meat product such as patties, fillings and meat balls etc. Up to 30% of the meat can be replaced by hydrated texturized soy products without loss of eating quality.

Nutritional values

Textured soy protein is rich in protein and extremely low in fat and sodium. Textured soy protein shall contain at least 35% protein on a moisture free bases. It is also a good source of fiber and isoflavones.


Astringent taste textured soya protein

When I cook with pure textured soya proteien, there is a very big astringent action in the mouth. But when I use branded soya mince from premixed packet bought at a supermarket, I dont have this problem. What are the food companies doing to their soya protein that makes it more palatable?
Guest - 01/11/2013

Soy protein drink HELP

Of course you can grind the soy nuggets or textured soy protein into powder and then mix it in your drink, but the texture will not be smooth. Soy nuggets are specifically made to obtain a meat-like texture and not to dissolve in water. If you are after soy protein, why you don't use soy protein powder, or other soy products such as soy milk, tofu or tempeh? Or why you don't add soy powder to your favourite brand of soy milk.

Rob - 11/11/2013

Soy protein drink HELP

I am trying to make a protein rich drink based on soya but i'm stuck at one point...i have soya nuggets which is normally boiled with water, squeezed, hydrated and re-squeezed about 2 times before cooking...
So while powdering them should i do all that then grind it into powder or just grind the soya nuggets directly??????????????

and any other suggestions for a protein rich shake will also be appreciated (and yes this is for body building)
Duke_notsostrongyet - 11/11/2013

soya chunks

Does any have a recipe for Soya Chunks? How do I use them?

vic - 20/11/2013

soya chunks

Soya chunks need first to be boiled for 20 minutes in water (100g soya chunks + 300 ml water). To improve taste you can add to the water soy sauce, herbs or vegetable stock. Drain the boiled soya chunks and use them in recipes instead of minced meat. You can also grind the soya chunks in a mixer to get a fine powder and use it in smoothies to increase protein content.
Rob - 20/11/2013

Expired TSP product

Is it healthy to eat or cook textured soy protein products? It's been sitting in my cupboard for a year. Should I just throw it away? Please advise.
DAVO - 25/02/2015

Expired TSP product

Textured soy protein is healthy, but there are many other soy products which are healthier such as soy milk, tofu and tempeh. Textured soy protein, being almost fat free, has a very long shelf life. Expired textured soy protein may still be eatable but I would throw it away.
Rob - 25/02/2015

Can I freeze dry soya onced rehydrated

Hi everybody. I would like to know if I can dry soya mince, make lasagna and freeze it, for how long can it be frozen? Thanks alot
Cherice - 26/02/2015

Textured soybean chunk

How can one prepare homemade soybeans chunks? Thank you
BD Boadu - 19/06/2015

Expired soya protein chunck

I am trying to find out if i have a packet of textured soya protein chunck with an expired day of best before 6/11/15 now is the 7 /10/15 can i still use it to make my meal please advice as soon as possible do you think it is still safe to be used thanks again .
Angela mcintosh - 10/07/2015

How to produce soya chunks

i want to start a buisness to produce soya milk,tofu & soya chunks in himachal pradsh in india is this good idea.
Sanjay fernandes - 11/09/2015


I want to know that without the machine can another manuel method be used to make the soy chunks?
julius Alormassor - 28/10/2015

hey i wish to know how to prepare the soybean grains before getting the soy chunks
pepscy - 29/04/2016

manager operations

I am currently making soya chunks from defatted soya flakes from China.It is a twin screw extruder. When i try to use the soya flour from our local supplier which has an oil content of about 6-7%, it cannot puff. Kindly guide.local flour is half the price of China.
Arif Mohammed - 04/05/2016

Soy protein nuggets

How do i use soy protein when making chicken nuggets?
Mishal - 08/05/2016

Buy texture soy protein

We are interested to buy Texture & soy Protein each item qty: 500 kgs .Pls contact with us by e mail :
cell : 88 01714178177
Mahfuzur Rahman - 26/09/2016

Soy protein nuggets for protein bar

I need soy protein nuggets for protein bar preparation. Currently I am taking R&D trails. In future I will redirect our customers to procure soy protein nuggets from your side.
Kindly give your opinion.
Prakash - 13/10/2016

Raw soya granules powder

Can I directly grind packed soya granules to make powder and drink it with milk? Will raw powder be harmful?
Cb 14 - 31/08/2017

Soya Chunks Product

May someone pse provide an explanation of the process of extrusion of soy chunks without a machine. How about doing flavoured soy chunks?
Outgrow Zimbabwe - 18/07/2020

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