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. Good fresh Tempeh should be covered in white mycelium, firm in texture, and have a yeasty or mushroom-like smell.
Where are your soybeans from?
We try our best to use sustainably sourced beans. Our soybeans are Non-GMO organic beans from Canada.
We are currently experimenting with other more sustainable pulses such as British Red Haricots and Green split peas, which will hopefully be available soon as non-soy alternatives.
Is tempeh vegan?
Yes, tempeh is only made from 2 ingredients: Soy beans (or other pulses) and Life culture (bacteria).
Why is fresh tempeh the best tempeh?
Tempeh has exited outside Indonesia for a while. However, tempeh that you find in supermarkets in the UK has always been pasteurised and/ frozen from Holland. Fresh tempeh will have more flavour and a stronger texture because it hasn't been heat-treated. It will retain 100% of its superfood-like nutrients, including its probiotic & prebiotic content.
How can I tell the difference between fresh and pasteurised tempeh?
Fresh tempeh is visually different from pasteurised tempeh. Fresh tempeh is covered in white mycelium which is a visible sign it is as fresh as it can be. Pasteurised tempeh looks yellow/light brown in colour with hardly any white mould/mycelium covering the tempeh as it has been heat-treated and therefore killed most of its beneficial nutrients.
Pasteurised tempeh will keep its texture and last longer than fresh tempeh. Fresh tempeh contains good live bacteria so the colour will change as it ages. You should consume fresh tempeh within 5 days of receiving it, as you would with any other fresh produce (or 3 months if it’s kept in the freezer).
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?
Keep it dry in the fridge and consume within 5 days, as we mentioned above, our tempeh is fresh and it should be treated like any other fresh products such as fresh vegetables, fruits or meat (you wouldn’t want to keep it longer than 5 days). You can also freeze tempeh to 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.
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?
We use 2 delivery methods:
Royal Mail small parcel 1st class for 1 block of tempeh. Royal mail guarantees that 95% of their 1st class parcel will be delivered the next day but it can take 2 days for delivery.
DHL next day delivery for any order of 2 blocks or more.
When will I receive my order?
Because our tempeh is made fresh to order, it will take between 3-4 days for delivery. You will receive a despatch email once your tempeh is on its way to you.