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Monday, April 19, 2010

Homemade Gluten


As some of you know, I was in California with my family in this last week.  This side of my family is Seventh-day Adventist.  There are a large amount of the congregation that is vegitarian.  Obviously, I'm not but I try to incorporate some of the sort of vegetarian meals at least once a week.  One dish that I have always hated was glutton.  For those who do not know what glutton, it is an vegetrian subsitute for meat.  I have known the can version which I hated.  This time The Mother showed me how to make homemade version.  There isn't an exact recipe but ratios of the amount. 

(From The Mother)
1 1/2 Part of Water
1 Part of Instant Gluten Flour

Water *Enough to make a stock
Onion *probably 1 medium onion but The Mother didn't tell me
1 Bay Leaf
Ginger *I'm guessing a Tao blespoon
Soy Sauce to taste


  1. Pour the water into a bowl 

  2. Slowly add the gluten flour until it is well incorporated.  It will turn sponge-like.  

  3. Prepare the broth by just adding all the ingredients and bring into a boil.

  4. Once the broth is at a boil, add the gluten by cutting it into pieces and dropping into the broth.

  5. Cook for an hour.
The Mother just used a knife to divide it

The Mother used the cook gluten to make a filipino vegetarian beef steak.  She took the gluten and grilled them in a skillet and than added onions.  It wasn't too bad but you do have to get over the texture.  It was like a mix between tofu and a sponge but the gluten took the taste of anything it was cooked in. 


  1. I am reminded of a restaurant back in Phils which serves this kind of meat-substitute targetting of course, vegetarians..interesting, I thought it's a kind of mushroom...

  2. I didn't know what it was until my mother showed me.

  3. I used to make gluten the old way, with high gluten flour and water, I think I developed muscles from kneading and rinsing off the starch. The recipe, btw, is from a Seventh Day Adventist vegetarian cookbook that I swiped from my mom. It's a good thing vital wheat gluten is now available.:)

    Hey, welcome to the MellowBakers.!

  4. Oh are you SDA? Actually my mom has a friend out in virginia beach but I have seen them for years! How was the cookbook? I didn't know there was a SDA cookbook.