Tempeh making without plastic bags

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Re: Tempeh making without plastic bags

Postby Tibor on Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:08 pm

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Re: Tempeh making without plastic bags

Postby BriceFrance on Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:27 am

Thanks Tibor for the pictures, it helps, i'm gonna dig that idea next week end i think and give you a feedback.
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Re: Tempeh making without plastic bags

Postby terji on Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:21 am

Hi,

I got to a same point when I wanted to drop the plastic bags.

Quite a frustrating experience when everything was so perfect with the bags :-)

Well, I got a herb drying rack (a frame with legs and net) and wrap them up in consecutive attempts in baking paper, cheese cloths, aluminium and kitchen towels plus moved them up and down in the incubator (old fridge with lightbulb in it).

It never came up as nice as from plastic bags...

the closest I got was a layer of baking paper, and two layers of kitchen towels that I got wet every 4-8 hours to keep the moisture in.

Tempeh was nice, but it did not smell as nice, middle was sometimes undone, and the appearance was sub-par. plus the tempeh eats through the paper and towels too...

well I am not going back to plastic. Next one I try will be a glass tray with some wet towels on the top, we will see how it will turn out. (wife said no to aluminium covers...)

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Re: Tempeh making without plastic bags

Postby cerbu on Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:01 pm

this is glass tray tempeh I made recently
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Re: Tempeh making without plastic bags

Postby terji on Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:56 am

Nice height! what is on the top just cardboard?

What is your soak/boil times for beans and do you dry them after?
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Re: Tempeh making without plastic bags

Postby cerbu on Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:09 pm

just paper on top , soak time ~12 h , boil 45 minutes -these were whole yellow peas( marrowfat ),adjust depending on the legumes. Also 15 minutes steamed red lentils in there. No need to dry but I mix the spores with 2-3 tbs cooled lightly roasted rice flour
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Re: Tempeh making without plastic bags

Postby terji on Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:42 am

Works like a charm! Just wet kitchen towel on the top.
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Re: Tempeh making without plastic bags

Postby salto on Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:38 am

terji wrote:Works like a charm! Just wet kitchen towel on the top.

This is very helpful, thank you. Did you wet the towel every few hours or is that not necessary?
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Re: Tempeh making without plastic bags

Postby terji on Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:11 am

I kept it quite moist all the time - soaked the towel wet around 3-4 times a day sometimes more if it feels too dry. You can also see it on the beans - if they too dry I sprayed them with a little bit of water and later when solid I just flipped the whole thing in the container so the top side gets the moisture at the bottom... see how it goes.
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Re: Tempeh making without plastic bags

Postby salto on Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:42 am

Thank you terji, this is encouraging. I was considering to spray a bit of water but afraid to spoil another batch. I will give this a try.
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