17.25 x 13.25 x 11 inches, 1 Pounds
Mercado Latino, Inc.
Soy beans, Soybeans
MILPAS Soya Carne Protein, 1 Pound (Pack of 12)
- Soy Carne Protein
- soybean meat
- Bagged spices
- Country of origin is United States
Ruby Spinner –
I’m so excited to find this product at this price. Simple, made from soy flour, that’s it. As a longtime vegetarian I’m always looking for an affordable source of protein and this is so versatile. I looked online for recipes using tvp and went from there. I’ve created my own versions of breakfast sausage patty, italian meatballs and taco filling. One bag makes many servings of each so this will last for years. I kept out a few bags for more immediate use, each stored in a gallon zip lock bag, and put the rest in the freezer. I’m really happy with this product and highly recommend it.
Linda R. –
These are quite ordinary TVP soy chunks – nothing even remotely like “Butler Soy Curls.” The size of the chunks varies kind of between 1/3 and 1/2 inch (like almost any other soy chunks).
As soy chunks they are OK (like almost any other soy chunks) and rather inexpensive – but you have to buy 12 pounds to get that price.
PS: After having used the chunks several times in my lunch stew I am happy to change my rating from 3 to 4 stars. This product is good (just not like Butler Soy Curls). I usually use TVP granules and was surprised how much I liked these larger, chewy chunks.
The only thing I don’t like are the flimsy plastic bags in which the chunks are coming. One of the bags was already ripped open when I got the parcel and the opening immediately got bigger when I removed the bag from the box. Luckily only some chunks fell onto the floor and had to be thrown into the trash.
I’ve used Milpas brand TVP before and haven’t been able to find it locally here in my Midwest US state. I love how the texture holds together even when stewed or in a soup/broth base for an extended cooking period. This is a much larger size crumble than Bob’s Red Mill TVP, so if you’re looking for more of a ground meat texture, this might not be right for you. I use this in everything from curries to taco meat, and am even trying my hand at making my own soy chorizo soon. The versatility of this TVP is excellent and the price is fair for the amount you get as compared to using meat.
These are slightly larger TVP chunks. Most TVP on this site is the smaller, almost granular size. They are smaller than Soy Curls. So far have used them to make taco filling and bulgogi style ground ‘meat’ for bowls. They do have more taste than Soy Curls, but as I tend to sauce and spice generously, it is a non-factor. 12 bags of 16 ounces each for thirty-nine dollars is an excellent value.
Mike W. –
I was surprised at how large the box was when it arrived. I heat sealed most of this in aluminized Mylar bags with an oxygen absorber. The kit with bags and O2 absorbers is ASIN B01AXZ57IQ on Amazon. Because the soybean oil is removed in the manufacturing process, there is little fat to become rancid so this stores longer and better than TVP or Butler Soy Curls, which have a better flavor and texture but become rancid in a couple of months.
I use this as a protein boost when making vegetable noodle dishes, etc.
This is also good for ultralight camping. Add to ramen noodles, et cetera to make them more filling and nutritious.
Storing for preparedness is a third use.
These little soy nuggets are very bland so you’ll need to season them accordingly. They rehydrate quickly. I prefer the texture after boiling for two minutes. After a few minutes, they expand too much and become waterlogged and too soft.
Nicole M. –
These are like Butler’s Soy Curls, but smaller pieces and way cheaper! I prefer the smaller size chunks since I typically chop up the soy curls anyway. The price comes out to $1.90 per 8oz vs. $4.7 per 8oz for the soy curls. Couldn’t believe how much product I got for the price. Very easy to prepare, super tasty and healthy as well! Absorbs the flavour of whatever you season/marinate it with. This has become my main affordable (and delicious) protein source. Highly recommended if you’re vegan or vegetarian!
Bruce E. Layne –
I’m not vegetarian or vegan, but I recently discovered TVP and have been experimenting with different methods of preparing it. It’s cheap, shelf stable, and doesn’t have fat or salt. This stuff is great for adding protein to a variety of dishes. I first tried the Bob’s Red Mill brand, which has smaller pieces. That was great for a ground beef substitute, but then I found this bulk pack for cheap and had to give it a try. I’ve found that the bigger pieces are great for making a sausage substitute. I used some recipe that I found online – soy sauce, fennel, cayenne pepper, molasses, black pepper, and garlic. Sometime I’ll smoke the hydrated chunks to add more flavor, but liquid smoke would work too. As an omnivore who is trying to cut back on meat, I’m pretty happy with this. I’m going through it way faster than I expected.
This was a very good buy. I acquired 12 pounds for less than $38 USD. This isn’t the even textured bits of a common nationally available brand, but that is nothing a spice mill won’t solve.
Using a spice mill to turn this into a finer grain is important to me because I find the texture to be spongy, and, if it isn’t well seasoned, that texture makes me think of chewing wet cardboard. That might not be a factor in every use, but, for me, it dictates use.
Because I am using this as a protein filler, it makes it reasonably effective to grind a measured portion. I do this after I grind my spice, to clean the grinder without water. I use separate grinders for spice and coffee, because both have strongly flavored oils. The soy crumbles clean the blades, and increase to palatable texture.
What I have not been able to do is use this alongside ground meat, at least, not in chili, but I have used this in place of ground meat, once, to make stuffed butternut squash. I don’t recommend making that substitution for an omnivore. Anyone who knows and likes a good beef burger or sausage will know, so you will want to tell them. But, I have successfully added this, ground, for a meat-free loaf type dish. It’s not Mama’s meatloaf, but, if you pour on enough milk gravy, it will be edible. That makes this stuff economical and versatile. Good enough for me.