Make your own plant-based protein on your countertop with this new device.
Tempeh is one of my favorite foods, and we eat it at our house at least once a week (more if I have any say about it). I think it's an incredibly versatile vegetarian food that is equally palatable to omnivores. To me, it has a nutty, almost mushroom-like taste on its own, but like many other foods, it takes on the flavors of whatever it's prepared with, so it lends itself well to a variety of dishes. It also happens to be a veggie protein powerhouse, with a 4 oz portion delivering about 24 grams of protein (compare with beef or chicken, at 28 and 30 grams per portion, respectively). I'm not a protein nerd by any means (and think it's rather overemphasized in many diets, including both vegetarian and the standard American diet), but protein is an essential part of a healthy diet, and one that is often the most expensive part of a meal.
And that's why I'm so excited about the launch of what may be the first 'mainstream' home tempeh maker (there are oodles of plans for building your own, but none that I've seen that are purpose-built for incubating and pasteurizing tempeh). I initially covered the TempehSure device last fall, but it wasn't really ready for prime-time then, and I just got notice that the company's Protein Pod launched on Kickstarter, so if you're a fellow tempeh nerd, you'll want to check it out.
Here's the video pitch:
"Why aren't you making your own tempeh already? Well, because you practically can't. Our Protein Pod is a painstakingly engineered, dual-stage incubator and pasteurizer that seamlessly creates tempeh in 24 hours. Just prep the legumes, place in the Pod, press one button and you'll be enjoying your own, FRESH, plant-based protein the very next day."
The Protein Pod allows you to reliably culture your own tempeh at home, which I think opens the door for a lot of experimenting with flavors and ingredients (tempeh is traditionally soybean-based, but can be made with other legumes as well), as well as potentially saving money over the long run. The pre-order price for a TempehSure Protein Pod is $399 ($349 for Early Birds), so it is a significant investment, but if you eat a lot of tempeh, it could become an essential kitchen appliance.
Remember when home yogurt makers were all the rage? And then home breadmakers? I'm predicting that as more people explore vegetarian diets (or with just cutting down on meat in their diet), we'll start to see a lot of interest in the TempehSure product (as well as in the flood of imitators that are sure to show up after the fact). As a DIY type of guy, and one who also enjoys culturing and baking with sourdough, I'm really jazzed about the possibilities that a home tempeh maker opens up for not only family kitchens, but also for restaurants and cafes, which could add their own tempeh to their list of locally-sourced ingredients. Find out more at TempehSure or on the Kickstarter campaign page. And for more tempeh goodness, you really need to follow the Tempeh Girls.