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Tofurky-anyone try it?

I bought a small Tofurkey from Whole Foods and wonder if it's any good. It says 100% Vegan. It has some stuff inside the Tofurkey so it takes 1hr 15 min to cook it. It was $9.99 for a small box (which is supposed to serve 4) in the frozen section. Gravy sold separate.

Anyone have any experience with one?

website: http://tofurky.com/
pic: http://flickr.com/photos/bubbletea/29...

previous Tofurky posts: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/29095...
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/33117...

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  1. Marion Kane, food columnist (and former food editor) at The Toronto Star, wrote an amusing piece in January about her family's "Chranukah" dinner. The main course was Tofurky. Judging by her response (and I trust her food critiquing abilities), I would not use the product myself.

    Here's the article: http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/Cont...

    1. I used to work at WF and had a little Tofurkey every time holiday season rolled around - it's OK. I actually really like the gravy that comes with it...I forget what else it comes with.

      I'm not vegan, nor do I eat alot of vegan food - the stuff sits like a rock. I'd definitely have something else with it.

      JW

      1. I have had it before, and I was not really impressed. What I really like is the Quorn 'roast' log. It is not as pretty as the tofurkey with the stuffing inside, but I think it tastes much better.

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        1. re: kate.s

          Yes, the Quorn is eerily turkey like. Pretty good.

          1. re: kate.s

            Quorn is excellent but is not vegan.

          2. we got one a couple of years back for my then-vegan daughter.
            We are all comfortable with the Chinese faux meats, tofu products etc. This was truly gross - no one, including her, would touch it after the first bite. Serve something else instead.

            1. I have. My sister in law fixed one a few years back when she decided her health was jeopardized by hormones in meat. I ate a slice of it (it is an oblong roast). It did not taste at all like turkey. The texture was dense and and it had a funny odor. Maybe that is just what she covered it with. Anyway, it is hard to compete with actual turkeys if they are being served along side. There are just so many better things to offer vegetarian guests who come for holiday meals.

              1. The name of this hideous product should be a red flag.

                1. Tofuturkey is a crime against innocent tofu. I like tofu. Tofuturkey, no.

                  But since, you've already bought it, it would seem the best thing would be for you to cook it and tell us what you think. It's not like you haven't bought it yet....

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                  1. re: Karl S

                    you definitely ought to consider some different way of saucing/seasoning it, or not serving it in big turkey-like slabs.

                  2. It's not the flavor that bothered me as much as the rubbery texture. The wild rice stuffing in it was good, though!

                    1. if you need to go tofu its not too bad

                      www.lost.eu/51ec

                      1. A long time ago a couple of family members from out of town arrived the day before T-giving and brought one of these because they were going vegan. It had little drumsticks with it and a gravy packet.

                        Some of the rest of us tried it, and thought it was disgusting. Actually, the vegan relatives thought it was disgusting as well. The gravy was probably the worst part, but then again, I'm not vegan so maybe it would have been an aquired taste?

                        Someone else mentioned this, but I don't quite get the necessity to duplicate non-vegan foods in this way. If you want tofu for thanksgiving, go for it, but why mimic turkey? It would seem like that's one of the sacrifices of giving up meat.

                        1. I have had Tofurky very rarely and just as a gimmick. Never any good. I have done my fair share of veg/vegan holiday meals. (Last "turkey day," I did a full-course vegan, vegetarian, and omnivoire meal.) I find that as a main event, "fake meat" rarely cuts the mustard. I will use strong flavors that people associate with the "meat" of the holiday season, like sage and bay, to make vegan dishes with accents of things like soy sausage so that you never have a mouthfull of fake meat. One year, with some success, I used "turkY' SmartMeat and heated and served with a mushroom gravy over stuffing and mashers. That was actually the closest I've come in my fake meat/Tofurkey encounters to tasty- mostly because it was so thinly sliced and served with sides such that you knew the "turkey" was there, but you never got a mouthful.

                          1. Tofurkey actually drove my vegan brother-- who had not eaten an animal product in five years-- to eat a bit of real turkey just to get the tofurkey taste out of his mouth. That's how truly foul (heheheheh punny!) the Tofurkey is.

                            1. Last time I had it (a relative made it for her vegan MIL), it tasted like really salty instant stuffing mix. It had all the chemical flavor or a "flavor packet," a la stove top, except it was dense and compressed, as though it were a brick of stuffing.

                              Not for me. Gravy was equally upsetting.

                              1. I find Tofurkeys to be completely gross. Basically inedible. However, the Now & Zen Un-Turkey is really good. I haven't had it in years, but I remember it being really tasty. I am not vegetarian and while the un-turkey doesn't taste exactly like real turkey, it does taste good.

                                1. Hi,
                                  I'm typically an ovo-lacto vegetarian. I eat turkey on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and that's it. I gave up meat because of the environmental impact of the meat industry. I crave meat almost every day. We use a lot of faux meat, or meat shaped items. Black bean burgers, garden burgers, gimme lean sausage. I don't for a moment think any of these things tastes like meat, but I like the convenience of having a "burger=shaped" thing, and I love the taste and texture gimme lean adds to chilis and pasta sauces. That being said, I'm really disgusted by Tofurkey. The texture bothers me, the taste disgusts me. And somehow the little wing things weird me out.

                                  1. We tried it for dinner and since we're eaten other glutten/soy based products didn't find it horrible. It is chewy, dense, with a strange smell but I was still able to eat it. I put bottled salsa on mine after the first bite though. The stuffing wasn't bad.

                                    I probably wouldn't buy it again, but it was worth getting once. Thanks for all your comments though.

                                    pics:
                                    http://flickr.com/photos/bubbletea/29...
                                    http://flickr.com/photos/bubbletea/29...

                                    1. I had the unfortunate experience of trying tofurkey. I am not against the idea of mock meat in principle- I understand that many veggies are not disturbed by the taste of meat and want th experience. I find that mock veggie duck can be pretty good in some Chinese restaurants- mind you it does NOT taste anything like duck! That being said, I tried some tofurkey, in addition to veggie bacon made from tempeh and mock ham on a salad at Teany's (where I LOVE their tofu cheesecake). I had to remove all the bits of mock meat from the salad- they were all overly salty and chemical tasting (the tofurkey included) Why eat something that does not taste good? As other posters have said there are so many other veggie options that you can make from REAL food. If all I had were well made sides with no turkey (and I love turkey), I would not necessarily feel all that deprived- after all, don't we all stuff ourselves silly? As a side note, I read a disturbing article in NY Magazine a few weeks ago on people who limit their calorie intake in the belief they will live longer (yet to be proven)- they were eating quorn in veggie gravy and pronounced it DELICIOUS. Of course, they all looked like they got out of a concentration camp and the journalist's friend who was infiltrating (and thus ate normally) prounounced it DISGUSTING. My take: if you abstain from anything long enough, we may fool ourselves into thinking something tastes good.

                                      1. The Quorn 'turkey' has a nice consistency and a decent flavor, pair it up with the tofurky gravy and it's even better. Never tried the tofurky version though as I've heard its lacking, but the tofurky sandwich slices are quite good! But if the point of Thanksgiving is to make a meal with meaning (rather than pop something into the oven) then I'd suggest making your own Tofu Turkey, I make one every year based on this recipe, modified for my tastes (less crazy herbs!):
                                        http://www.geocities.com/paisleysox/r...
                                        I tastes nothing like turkey but the process is quite satisfying, and I really like the final product as well. You get to start preparing a day before, you bake for a few hours, you baste, and you cut into a round form with stuffing inside! Nobody likes it as much as I do but for me, it's the process that matters, and since I've been making it for many years now, it's become a tradition, one I like and others tolerate! And isn't the point of Thanksgiving about being able to tolerate your relatives cooking? That's my suggestion, play with your food even if the rest of them don't like it! EL CHAVO!

                                        1. I tried it this past Thanksgiving. I had a feeling it was horrible but I was optimistic. It was really gross, I had to throw the whole thing away. I even felt nauseated afterwards. I cant beleive people like this stuff, waste of money,

                                          1. I guess I'm in the minority (and my comment is a little late for Thanksgiving this year, sorry, too busy), but I love tofurkey. I've been a vegetarian for 20 years and we get a tofurkey every year (in addition to creating and serving an elegant nut roast) for Thanksgiving. I think it's a great fake meat product and I prepare it as it was suggested on the package a few years ago (mix up orange juice, tamari and brown sugar or honey, baste the tofurkey w/ it and surround w/ potatoes, carrots and onions and bake for 2 hours at 250).It makes great "turkey" and gravy sammiches (I use a different gravy than the included one) the next day.

                                            Oh well. Maybe you have to be seperated from turkey for a couple of decades to appreciate it.

                                            1. I used to make one every Thanksgiving. Watching my carnivorous parents ooh and aahh at its beauty. I dont know if they realized that i could see what it looked like by myself. It aint purty, but as vegan meat analogues its pretty tasty

                                              1. I guess I'm in the minority as well since I tried it for the first time last week and thought it wasn't bad, I'd eat it again. BTW I'm an omnivore and meatlover, but I'm also a vegetable & tofu products lover and was vegetarian for a few years. I was expecting horrid, smelly, rubbery and gross based on this thread and I was surprised it wasn't any of that. Not rubbery at all. The only bad thing I could come up with was it was a bit too salty. The faux meat part was the texture of a veggie hotdog (or a very bland meat hotdog), but a bit firmer. The stuffing part was not mushy, but more like stuffing made with bread crumbs than with bread pieces. It wasn't smelly (then again the other food on my plate might've covered up any smells it might've had). The taste was more like the taste of wheat gluten products rather than tofu products. Of course it's no turkey but I don't think anyone who buys it is hoping it would be.