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[JAN. 7, 2004]  URBANA -- Many consumers have been hesitant to try soy foods because of unfamiliarity with how to use the ingredients in everyday cooking or where to purchase them. The decision to give them a try, however, has become much easier with a new starter kit developed by the Illinois Center for Soy Foods at the University of Illinois.

The soy foods starter kit contains all the essential ingredients for using soy in the average American diet, as well as an instruction book filled with easy recipes and tips on how to purchase and use soy products.

"Some items in the kit, such as soy flour, textured soy protein and tofu, are used specifically in cooking," said Keith Cadwallader, co-director of the center and associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the U of I. "Several other items, such as soy nuts and soy milk, are included so that consumers can try them as snack foods."

Cadwallader notes that all the products in the kit are shelf stable and can be stored for several months without concerns.

"The kit contains enough of each ingredient so that consumers can try one or two recipes containing each product," he said. "We have tried to make it as easy as possible to avoid the anxiety many consumers feel in cooking with soy foods for the first time. The idea is for people to try them without making a huge commitment by purchasing larger quantities of each ingredient."

He points out that the recipes included in the kit are for the kind of foods that most American consumers eat on a regular basis.


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"We wanted to include recipes for foods that most people are familiar with," Cadwallader said. "These include chili, corn muffins and casseroles. We have tried to emphasize that soy can be easily used in everyday cooking."

The recipes in the kit are specifically designed for anyone who has even basic skills in preparing a meal.

"Anybody with an average ability to cook and follow a recipe will have no trouble using the kit," Cadwallader said. "The main benefit from cooking with soy comes from improved cardiovascular health. These recipes make it quite simple to use soy as a replacement for foods that are high in saturated fat. Although many soy products are readily available in the supermarket, most people will not seek them out unless they find out that soy foods can taste good."

In addition to the starter kit, the center also has published three cookbooks in its "Soy in the American Kitchen" series. The books provide detailed recipes on cooking with tofu, cooking with textured vegetable protein and baking with soy.

The kit is available at a cost of $18, including shipping and handling. Additional information and an order form for the starter kit and the cookbooks are available on the Internet at www.soyfoodsillinois.uiuc.edu. The kit and all three cookbooks can also be ordered by calling (217) 244-1706.

[University of Illinois news release]

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