I'm entertaining a bunch of friends and making a big pot of chili, only most of them are vegetarians so I'm adapting my recipe to suit them. I have done this before, substituting a soy product that looks like crumbly ground beef that you can buy in the frozen food case--Morningstar Farms makes one, and Boca Burger does too. It always comes out well, and my fellow carnivores often don't notice the difference! But that stuff is expensive, and you don't get very much in a package either.
So today I went to my local Wild Oats market and got two pounds of dry TVP (textured vegetable protein, right?) from their bulk bin. It cost about the same to get two pounds of that stuff as 12 ounces of the frozen stuff. Now what do I do with it? Do I have to reconstitute it in water, or just throw it into my chili mixture dry? I'd hate to ruin a big batch of chili, but this stuff didn't come with preparation directions. What's a meat-eater to do?