Food Love: Soy Curls

by Sherri Koehler on November 2, 2010

In honor of VeganMoFo, and bowing to the need to come up with a whole lot of vegan food to write about, here’s a review of a product I’ve come to love in 2010! I don’t have any ties to Butler Foods and wasn’t given a sample to try out. This review comes purely from my appreciation for a good product (well, and needing stuff to write about).

We don’t eat a lot of faux meats in general, but when we do we try to stick with some of those that are somewhat less processed. Once in a while we get some Tofurky slices and the occasional package of sausages from Field Roast. Aside from those, we stick with tofu, tempeh, and loads of beans.

Given those habits, I resisted falling in love with Soy Curls. At first they were my guilty pleasure when dining out. I particularly liked them on the sopes at Los Gorditos and in the fabulous chicken salad sub at DC Vegetarian. I assumed they were some kind of heavily processed product involving lots of “soy protein isolates” and such stuff. Really, the stuff I generally try to avoid, but the Soy Curls were so delicious that I thought once in a while, as a treat, it wasn’t so bad.

Then one day it happened. We were at Food Fight and there were packages of Soy Curls on the shelf. I stood there stunned at finding out that they are made from whole soybeans. Not an isolate in sight. Not organic, but specifically non-GMO soybeans.

So I bought some and into the pantry they went. Honestly, I kind of forgot about them for a little while. I didn’t try cooking with them until the evening we were in need of dinner after putting in several hours volunteering at VegFest. We were out of lots of our usual ingredients and didn’t have any beans made up. Out came the package of Soy Curls.

I first opted to saute them with some onions in a cast iron skillet. We added some BBQ sauce to the mix, piled the results onto a hunk of a Peace Bomb from Dave’s Killer Bread, and called it dinner. Wow, just wow.

From there we went for fajita style – a saute with bell peppers and onions. Piled the results into a corn tortilla. Wow, again!

Christie has found she likes them right out of the bag. Kind of jerky like.

I’ve started to experiment with soaking them in a quick marinade instead of just water. A recent fave involved a soak in a marinade of water, maple syrup, and a little tamari. Then a quick saute with some onions before serving on a bed of brown rice, peas and BBQ sauce. Giving them a quick, flavored soak just makes them all the more delicious.

If you’re in the Portland Metro area check into the store at Bob’s Red Mill. They carry packages of Soy Curls for a very good price. We picked up 5 packages last time we were there stocking up on 25-pound bags of chickpeas.

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protein powder December 25, 2013 at 6:21 am

Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your article seem to
be running off the screen in Safari. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I thought I’d
post to let you know. The design and style look
great though! Hope you get the problem resolved soon.


Sherri Koehler September 17, 2014 at 10:28 am

Hi there, 2013 was a bit of a wash for me. I did want to note that I looked into this and couldn’t quite figure out. I wasn’t sure if it might be a particular release. I don’t really use Safari at all anymore as I’ve switched to a Linux system for my primary, so I appreciated knowing what you’d run into!

Thanks for the compliments too. I may not have responded, but I assure that in December of 2013 it brightened my day.


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