Unless you're a hardcore vegan, you may not have come across textured vegetable protein (TVP) as a potential food substance before. However, when you're making your long term food plans, it will quickly become a key part of your diet. It's made from superheated soybean flour that is then shaped and cooled which allows it to be stored for years on end without it going bad.
Reading a description of textured vegetable protein may not make your mouth water but it represents a great alternative to buying tons of canned meat or as a way of getting protein when your game hunting isn't going so well. Textured vegetable protein also has the following benefits over canned meat:
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Admittedly, you have to make some creative twists to your cooking when you use textured vegetable protein. You can't use the juices from it as you would with meat and you need to prepare it ahead of time instead of being able to throw it in as you would with meat into a casserole. However, it's easy to get ready. When you're ready for it, you simply add boiling water and you have a substance that has a similar or higher protein content than meat that you can use in your cooking in exactly the same way.
If you leave it without flavorings it can taste bland but it's super absorbent meaning that it will take on the flavor of whatever it's being cooked in. This means that you can add a bit of flavor by being thoughtful about your use to rehydrate it. If you use beef stock, you'll get a heavy beefy flavor, while if you add some hot sauce to the water, you'll give it a kick making it perfect for a Mexican style dish.
As with any long term storage survival foods, you will need to experiment with textured vegetable protein ahead of time. This will give you an idea of how to get the best out of it, which of your favorite recipes will need editing to incorporate it and to get the members of your survival party used to the texture.
While it tastes like meat, the texture can feel slightly different which may be off putting. However, in a survival situation, your party will need to be able to eat to get the protein on board, so you should give them some opportunities to try it ahead of time, especially if you've got younger children in your group.
Even if you balk at the idea of TVP-remember it could be worth buying at least a can or 3. While surviving you could be dealing with a medical emergency, fixing a collapsed shelter etc. and the last thing you need is to provide a square meal for your hungry campers at the end of an impossible day. TVP provides a solid backup to get a good filling meal in an easy and efficient way.