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When you first look at the word seitan, you might conjure up images of the devil. However, this meat alternative is pronounced "say-tan." "Seitan" is a word of Japanese origin that roughly translated means "made of protein."
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Because it's high in protein but low in fat, seitan is an excellent food to consume if you're interested in losing weight. It can help you feel full, which could help promote weight loss. High-protein diets have been shown to decrease levels of ghrelin, which is a hormone that stimulates hunger. If you want a healthy way to burn some calories, you should avoid simple carbohydrates – including white pasta, rice, and bread – and eat healthy fats and proteins instead.
If you plan to use the seitan in stews or other dishes with liquid, you can keep the seitan in its broth. Pour both the seitan and its broth in an airtight container, and put it in the refrigerator. It can stay fresh for up to 10 days. You can extend its shelf life by reboiling it in its stock every three to four days.
You can also store dry seitan, which is beneficial if you plan to use it in stir-fries or other dry dishes. It maintains its texture and taste quite well. Take the dry seitan, wrap it in cling wrap or aluminum foil, and place it in the refrigerator. With this method, the seitan will last up to five days.
Yes, you can freeze either wet or dry seitan, but with either option, make sure it's cool beforehand. With the wet seitan, place it in an airtight container. For the dry seitan, double-wrap it in aluminum foil, followed by a layer of cling wrap. You could also use a freezer bag. You can keep seitan in the freezer for up to six months.
To thaw, place the seitan in your refrigerator. Depending on the size of the dry seitan, it should take between two to three hours for it to thaw. Wet seitan should take longer, so you might want to take it out the day before and have it thaw in the refrigerator for several hours. Another option is to run it under cold water.