Frequently Asked Questions
What is Tempeh?
Tempeh originated in Indonesia thousands of years ago and is now considered a superfood around the globe. It is made by natural culturing for 30-48 hours of incubation that binds the beans into a firm patty. This fermentation process transforms the beans into a complete protein food that contains all the essential amino acids and minerals that is more digestible. It contains enzymes that make it easier for the body to process and absorb the proteins and other nutrients.
Where are your soybeans from?
We try our best to use sustainably sourced beans. Our soybeans are Non-GMO organic beans from Austria. Unfortunately, UK does not produce the type of soybeans that is suitable for tempeh. We found the Austrian beans with their texture are best for tempeh, and sourcing the beans from Austria creates the least carbon footprint in our production compared to sourcing from other main soybeans producers such as China, South America, or Indonesia.
Is tempeh vegan?
Yes, tempeh is only made from 2 ingredients: Soy beans (or other pulses) and Life culture (bacteria).
Why buy Protempeh?
Our tempeh is hand-made in small batches, which allows us to ensure consistent quality.
We have learned our craft from a tempeh master in Indonesia, and Amalia, our co-founder, was born and grew up in Indonesia, so tempeh is close to our hearts. We bring the authenticity of Indonesian tempeh to the UK.
Our tempeh is made at our own production kitchen in Cambridgeshire, so by purchasing our tempeh not only are you supporting a UK producer but also purchasing a product with a low carbon footprint. Most tempeh products in supermarkets are imported.
What are the health benefits of eating tempeh?
Would you believe that fresh tempeh has 1.4x more protein than tofu? All the carbohydrates present in our tempeh is also dietary fibre. It also doesn't contain any sodium, cholesterol or trans fats (unless you add them as you're cooking). It's also an amazing source of plant-based omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids! As a fermented and pro-biotic food, it’s easily digested by the body. And the list goes on...
How do I eat and cook tempeh?
There are many ways to cook tempeh. Fry, bake, steam or boil. Add it with your stir fry, curry, wrap, sandwiched, etc. You can be as adventurous as you wish cooking with tempeh thanks to its firm texture. Tempeh needs plenty of seasoning and works well with any type of marinade.
Can I freeze Tempeh?
Yes, you can freeze your tempeh. You can portion it, wrap it and freeze for up to 3 months.
Why are there dark spots on my Tempeh block?
Dark spots are part of the natural fermentation process and are not harmful. They do not affect the taste of the product.
Best way to store your tempeh for maximum shelf life.
We have pre-steamed our fresh tempeh for your convenience as tempeh is cooked best when pre-steamed.
We have also vacuum-packed it to increase its shelf-life to minimum 2 weeks.
Always store your tempeh in the fridge. Once removed from vacuum pack please store in a Tupperware.
Is your packaging recyclable?
Yes, the film to incubate our tempeh is biodegradable plastic and the box is 100% recyclable. We are aware that plastic is not fantastic hence why we currently researching alternative solutions.
How do we deliver your tempeh?
Your parcel will be sent by DHL chilled in a cooler pack.
When will I receive my order?
We will always endeavour to despatch your order as soon as we receive it.
You will receive an email with tracking details once shipped.
Please note that we don't ship tempeh on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.