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?
Tempeh is 100% plant based, high in protein with 20gr protein/100gr tempeh and also contains Vitamin B12, fibre, iron and other minerals.
Tempeh is free from gluten and cholesterol. It's an amazing source of plant-based omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids!
As a fermented food, it's great in supporting gut health and is easily digested by the body.
How do I eat and cook tempeh?
There are many ways to cook tempeh. Fry, bake, steam or boil. You can be as adventurous as you wish, cooking with tempeh thanks to its firm texture. You can slice, cube or mince tempeh. The best way to mince it is to use a cheese grater but it can also be minced with a knife or it can be crumbled by hand.
Add it to your stir fry, curry, wrap, sandwich, salad, rice or noodles etc...
Tempeh needs plenty of seasoning and works well with any type of marinade.
It can be served as a main course, starter or even as a snack (tempeh cubes or chips).
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 pre-steam our fresh tempeh for your convenience as tempeh is cooked best when pre-steamed.
We also vacuum-pack our tempeh to increase its shelf-life to a minimum of 3 weeks.
Keep it dry in the fridge and consume it within 5 days once opened. You can portion it and keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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.