The main difference between Soy Curls vs. TVP is that Soy Curls contain the entire soybean while TVP is made of defatted soy flour. Soy Curls also have a strip-like shape, while TVP is most commonly available in a large grain shape.
There’s often confusion about Soy Curls versus similar food items like textured vegetable protein (TVP), textured soy protein (TSP), Soya Chunks, Soy JOCK, and similar soy-based products. If brevity is your thing, only Butler Foods Soy Curls™ are soy curls, but let’s review the differences between the similar products and when each may be best used.
|Soy Curls||Strips||Somewhat neutral, slightly toasty aromatic flavor||Large range, from dense/meaty to tender.||Encouraging flavor, contains the whole soybean (protein, fats, carbohydrates)|
|Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)||Grains, chunks, strips, slices||Very neutral||Typically soft, unremarkable||Typically made from defatted soy flour, sometimes used as filler for meat-based products like chili|
|Textured Soy Protein (TSP)||Same as TVP||Same as TVP||Same as TVP||Most TVP is actually TSP|
|Soya Chunks||Small chunks, nuggets, patties||Somewhat neutral||Can be tough or spongy||Great shapes available; more common outside USA|
|Soy JOCK||Thin slices||Very neutral||Very chicken-like||The most similar texture to thinly sliced chicken, but they don’t hold their own on the plate like a Soy Curl|
Why Use Soy Curls?
Soy Curls are a unique plant-based alternative that offer both taste and texture. Unlike other options, Soy Curls have a natural, unprocessed toasted cereal grain-like flavor that can shine when simply seasoned. Additionally, their versatility in texture allows for a range of dishes, from dense and chewy to velvety and tender. With Soy Curls, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious and wholesome plant-based meal every time.
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