Diets

Meatless cutlets, the vegetarian choice


In the articlehow to replace meat in the dietwe have already talked aboutmeatless cutlets, it's aboutvegetable cutletsmade with seitan, millet, soy and other ingredients not derived from the animal kingdom.

Themeatless cutletson the market
Themeatless cutlets, better definedvegetable cutlets, are cholesterol-free and are easily found on the market. Betweenvegetable cutletsthe most popular are those produced byValsoia; the only drawback ofmeatless cutletsValsoia lies in the fact that they are not suitable for those who intend to follow a vegan diet. Thevegetable cutletsValsoia contain egg white, an animal derivative, but do not contain meats, therefore they are perfect for those who intend to follow a vegetarian diet but not for a vegan who categorically excludes any derivative (milk, eggs, honey…). Between meatless cutlets from the 100% vegetable composition we point out the Kio-Ene, with brandVeganICEA certified.

How are themeatless cutlets?
A meatless cutlet immediately stands out not only for the flavor but also for the texture of the food itself. Large companies prepare themeatless cutletsstarting from the processing of vegetables that are assembled together (compacted) through the use of vegetable proteins and the addition of a small amount of water. The mixture thus obtained is heated under high pressure conditions and then undergoes a rapid thermal drop. In this motion, the steam produced is able to favor the aggregation of the various ingredients that make up the pulp. This process is necessary to obtain a crunchy and meat-like product. Meat substitutes, therefore also thevegetable cutlets, they don't have that consistencyfibroustypical of fabrics of animal origin but in this direction many companies are trying to develop more suitable compositions and preparation methods.

In this context, the LikeMeat project was born. With the LikeMeat project, researchers from large food companies have managed to fine-tunemeatless cutletswith a flavor comparable to that of classic beef cutlets. The ingredients used are all of vegetable origin, in particular, it would be flours derived from lupins, peas, oats and soy. These ingredients would not undergo the aggregation process (which requires a lot of energy) described above, but would be integrated with each other by means of a particular food boiling.

They can be preparedhomemade meatless cutlets?
In addition to off-the-shelf products, you can start with the basic ingredients to make onevegetable cutletready to be enjoyed, in this regard we refer you to the articlehow to make seitan at home.

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