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Seitan Is So Much Better When You Make It Yourself

Published May 27, 2021

It’s easy, too

Super Cheap Dinner #12

We’re going to make subscribing to The Bittman Project worth it, in part by offering super-cheap, super-delicious recipes you’ll want to cook. The idea is that we’ll post one ultra-budget-friendly recipe each week for our members only. While this is back-of-the-napkin math (“affordable” is subjective), we figure that cooking your way through these recipes over the course of the year will more than offset the cost of an annual subscription, which amounts to about $1.35 per week.

This week’s installment is make-your-own-seitan: The store-bought stuff — a somewhat bland, pleasantly chewy vegan protein made from wheat gluten — is expensive and usually comes packed in a seasoned marinade. For people who can tolerate gluten, seitan is a good alternative to meat. You won’t believe how easy it is to make at home; the dough comes together almost instantly and is astonishingly fun to work. And you’ll have control over additions and flavorings, which is important for anyone who has tried it and remains non-plussed.