UnTurkey Update!

Posted November 21st, 2007 by olivia

It’s been a year since we posted the UnTurkey recipe and we’ve had a lot of great feedback, including the creator of the Unturkey, Miyoko Schinner, who gave us her blessing and even left some tips on how to improve the recipe. Unfortunately, the UnTurkey isn’t back on the shelves, and there’s nothing really great to replace it, so it’s definitely UnTurkey time again!

Here are some pictures we took last year while making the UnBird. You can find the full set over at Flickr. Hopefully the photos can shed a little more light on the process, and address people’s questions about the Yuba skin (also known as “Bean Curd Sheet” – we get it at an Asian supermarket).

Happy Thanksgiving and remember, the UnTurkey will never die as long as it lives on in our hearts and on our holiday tables!

Making the unturkeyMaking the unturkeyMaking the unturkeyMaking the unturkeyMaking the unturkeyMaking the unturkey stuffingYuba is grossResizing the unturkey's buttThe filled log o' unturkeySteve lynndies the unturkeyProud unturkey mammaFinished unturkey complete with yuba skinCloseup of discarded unturkey seitanThe roasted unbird!Unbird detailCarving the unturkeyDisturbingly meat-like

17 Responses to “UnTurkey Update!”

hello! i would grateful from some feedback about something…

i’ve never had an unturkey. the first, and only, “turkey” that i have eaten has been tofurky. i love them a great deal, so it was shocking and a bit mystifying to read some negative comments about them on this blog.

i’m highly interested in making an unturkey, so there’s no need to sell me on the recipe, but please enlighten me to the apparent relative suckitude of tofurky.


Posted by sashwap on November 26th, 2007 at 4:44 am | Permalink |

If you like the Tofurkey, then by all means, keep enjoying it! No need to be shocked or mystified over what is essentially a matter of taste. We, on the other hand, find the texture and flavor to be unpalatable.

Posted by s5 on November 29th, 2007 at 5:37 pm | Permalink |

What was mystifying was the apparent hatred directed toward tofurkey, leading me to speculate that there was something in its ingredients or process that made it not animal-friendly — something along those lines.

Posted by sashwap on December 3rd, 2007 at 11:27 am | Permalink |

My family agrees that the Tofurkey is really horrible. We tried it once and found it rubbery, tasteless and what animal-eaters imagine when they hear “vegan Thanksgiving.” In contrast, the Unturkey is flavorful with a great texture. Worth re-creating.

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