What Does Tofurkey Taste Like?

Thinking about making a Tofurky for the next holiday season or trying out the new deli slices? We're describing taste, texture, the famous Tofurky brand and more. We'll also be sharing some vegan recipes that are so good, you'll be making them every chance you get.

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What Does Tofurkey Taste Like? 

Tofurkey is the term used for vegetarian and vegan versions of turkey. No two tofurkeys will taste alike, especially as there are so many different seasonings that can be used.

But that doesn't mean you can't get a general idea of what you'll be tasting. Tofurkey is savory with a much milder flavor than darker mock meat roasts, sometimes tasting a bit like lightly seasoned seitan.

The deli slices actually taste remarkably similar to real turkey cold cuts. Probably one of the most realistic mock meats on the market with a very similar flavor profile.

Tofurkey Texture 

Tofurkey is dense and chewy. It may have a slightly spongy texture, or it may be super moist and tender. Generally speaking, tofurkey has a texture people enjoy. It's more moist than real turkey because it's much less likely to be dried out.

Overcooked tofurkey, however, is not very pleasant. This is one mock meat that can easily get dried out and rubbery, so keep it moist with basting liquids and watch it as it bakes in the oven. But don't worry, it's way easier than a regular turkey.

What Is Tofurkey Made Of? 

The two main types of protein tofurkey is made with are tofu and vital wheat gluten (or seitan). The tofu-based tofurkeys might be softer than wheat gluten-based ones, but both are tender. Seitan tofurkey can even be buttery. 

Other ingredients frequently include vegetable stock, tamari or soy sauce, nutritional yeast, garlic, and herbs and spices. Though the ingredients change from recipe to recipe, for the most part, these are the basics.

Does Tofurky Taste Good? 

Everyone has their own opinion on Tofurky, but it remains as popular as ever, if that gives you some idea. It's worth trying if you've never had it before. Some people absolutely love it, while some hate it (even vegans).

In my experience, the roasts taste pretty good, but in small quantities. However, the deli slices are super addicting and awesome. 

The thinner you slice mock meats, the better they are so be sure to try that next time you have a Tofurky.

How Long Does Tofurky Last After Opening? 

Before you open the package of any Tofurky product, it can usually last for several weeks. But once you open them, you're probably looking at a few days, maybe up to a week.

Freezing Tofurky slices and roasts is a good idea if you don't think you'll get to them in time. It won't hurt the texture at all, and your Tofurky will taste just as fresh when it's thawed.

Tofurkey Recipe Tips 

Curious to see what homemade tofurkey looks like? That's why we selected these short videos with vegan recipes anyone can make.

This is a tofu-based tofurkey with a basting sauce that'll keep it tender and juicy. It's stuffed with a mushroom and sun-dried tomato filling that makes it quite superb.

Here's the ingredient list:

  • Celery
  • Red onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Oats
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Powdered veggie stock
  • Garlic 
  • Dried sage
  • Firm tofu
  • Corn flour
  • Thyme
  • Mustard
  • Vinegar
  • Soy sauce
  • Maple syrup of other vegan liquid sweetener

There's a roast made with a blend of tofu and vital wheat gluten to get a good balance of textures. There are quite a few ingredients, but every single one is going to make this recipe absolutely amazing.

You'll be needing:

  • Vital wheat gluten
  • All-purpose flour
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Extra-firm tofu
  • Vegetable oil
  • Water
  • White miso
  • Salt
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Poultry seasoning
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Parsley
  • Garlic
  • Soy sauce
  • Sugar
  • Fresh thyme
  • Dried thyme
  • Dried sage
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Bay leaves
  • Peppercorns
  • Vegan butter
  • Vegan white wine

Wrap Up 

Tofurkey simply means "mock turkey," and it's generally made with tofu or wheat gluten. Tofurky is a popular brand that makes its own tofurkey, and it's easy to find in many mainstream supermarkets. Making tofurkey in your own kitchen can seem intimidating, especially if you see a long ingredient list, but if you can make tofu scramble, you can make this. If you do make homemade tofurkey and bring it to your next holiday party, get ready for encore requests.

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