Tofurky FAQ

 

Here are some commonly asked questions from customers about our Tofurky products.

If your question is not answered here, please contact us at info@tofurky.com or (800) 508-8100 x 19 between 9 am and 5 pm, M-F, Pacific Time. All messages left on voice mail will be returned the next buisness day. You can also write to us at Turtle Island Foods Customer Relations, POB 176, Hood River, OR 97031


  1. Are soy products safe to eat?
  2. Can I cook two Tofurky® Roasts in the oven at the same time?
  3. Can I cook a Tofurky® Roast that was left out on the counter all night?
  4. Can I microwave my Tofurky® Roast ?
  5. Can I cook a frozen Tofurky® Roast ?
  6. How can I reheat Tofurky leftovers?
  7. Do you use Genetically Modified or Genetically Engineered Ingredients in your Tofurky® products?
  8. Are Tofurky® products vegan?
  9. Do Tofurky® products contain a lot of sodium?
  10. How do Tofurky Roast, Deli Slices, Sausages and Franks compare to Traditional Meats in Cholesterol Protein and Sodium?
  11. Do Tofurky® products contain peanuts?
  12. What common allergens are in your Tofurky® products?
  13. Do Tofurky® products contain gluten?
  14. Are your Tofurky® products kosher?
  15. How long will Tofurky® products last after they have been opened?
  16. Can I eat Tofurky® Sausages, Franks or Roast uncooked (without cooking)?
  17. Can I freeze Tofurky® products?
  18. How long will an uncooked Tofurky® Roast last in the freezer?
  19. Can I freeze Tofurky® Roast leftovers ?
  20. How long can I store the Tofurky® Roast in the refrigerator?
  21. Do you have any Tofurky® recipes?
  22. Do Tofurky® products contain MSG?
  23. Are your Tofurky® products organic?
  24. Do you make low sodium Tofurky® products?
  25. Do you use hexane extracted soy protein isolates and concentrates in your Tofurky® products?
  26. Does a larger corporation own Turtle Island Foods?
  27. Where is “Turtle Island”?
  28. What is Tofurky's position on organic palm oil?

 

1. Can I cook two Tofurky® Roasts in the oven at the same time?

Yes, you can. You should add about 10 minutes to the overall cooking time. Make sure to baste each Tofurky Roast according to directions, so they don’t dry out.

 


2. Can I cook a Tofurky® Roast that was left out on the counter all night?

We do not recommend consuming a Tofurky Roast that was left out at room temperature all night. We recommend defrosting your Tofurky Roast in the refrigerator, and preparing according to package directions.

 


3. Can I microwave my Tofurky® Roast ?

We do not recommend cooking your Tofurky Roast in the microwave. Microwave cooking has a tendancy to dry out Tofurky products. As an alternative to cooking in the conventional oven, why not try this crock pot recipe?

 


4. Can I cook a frozen Tofurky® Roast?

Yes, you can cook a frozen Tofurky Roast. You will cook the Tofurky Roast for 3 hours and 15 minutes at 300 ° F, open and baste, cook for 10 more minutes uncovered. Complete instructions are on the box or our website.

 

5. How can I reheat Tofurky Roast leftovers?

Your Tofurky Roast leftovers can be reheated in the microwave. We recommend that you slice your roast thin and cover it completely with gravy before you put it in the microwave. Microwave times vary, so start with one minute on high. If that fails to heat up the leftovers to the desired temperature, continue with 30 second intervals in the microwave until desired temperature is achieved.

You can also reheat your leftovers by wrapping them tightly in foil and placing them in a warm oven, about 20 minutes at 250 degrees.

 

6. Do you use Genetically Modified or Genetically Engineered Ingredients in your Tofurky® products?

Turtle Island Foods has been a long time opponent of the use of genetically engineered foods (aka "foods produced using biotechnology.) We vigorously source certified non-genetically engineered ingredients from all of our suppliers. To learn more about how we feel about these ingredients click here.

 

7. Are Tofurky® products vegan?

Yes, all Tofurky products are vegan.

 

8. Do Tofurky® products contain a lot of sodium?

We understand people's concerns about sodium and limit the amount of sodium in our Tofurky products. Because our Tofurky Products are intended to be a meat alternative, and often compared to the flavor of meat, some salt is required to carry these flavors. With most of our products we have achieved great taste with significantly less amounts of sodium than the meat counterparts to our products. Check here for full comparison table. People on low sodium diets should check out our tempeh line, which is very low in sodium, or consider cutting portions of Tofurky® in half.

 

9. How do Tofurky Roast, Deli Slices, Sausages and Franks compare to Traditional Meats in Cholesterol Protein and Sodium?

Cholesterol, Protein and Sodium: Tofurky products v. Traditional Meats

 

10. Do Tofurky® products contain peanuts?

None of our Tofurky Products contain peanuts as ingredients. Some of our ingredient suppliers do process peanuts, however, and they have segregation and sanitation procedures in place to minimize the risks of cross-contamination. Please contact us directly if you have additional allergen questions.

 

11. What common allergens are in your Tofurky® products?

Our Tofurky Products contain wheat and soy, which are considered to be “major allergens” by the FDA.

 

12. Do Tofurky® products contain gluten?

We have two tempeh products that are certified gluten free with the Gluten Free Project, the Organic Five Grain Tempeh and the Organic Soy Tempeh. Our marinated tempeh strips contain soy sauce but show nondetectable levels of gluten in lab tests. Our Ground Chorizo is also gluten free. We do not have a gluten free facility. All other Tofurky Products contain premium vital wheat gluten, sourced from Canada, the US and Australia. We do not buy wheat gluten from China. Gluten, the protein part of the wheat kernel, gives our products its unique, meat-like texture.

 

13. Are your Tofurky® products kosher?

The following Tofurky Products are certified kosher-parve by Kosher Services of America (KSA): Tofurky Roast, Deli slices, Sausages, Franks, Links and Jurky. The following products are NOT certified kosher: Tofurky Gravy, Tofurky Feast and Tofurky Combo Box (both are packaged with the Gravy).

 

14. How long will Tofurky® products last after they have been opened?

This depends on the product and the cleanliness of your refrigerator environment, length of time out of the refrigerator, etc. As a general rule of thumb, once opened product should be resealed in an airtight bag or container and returned to refrigeration as soon as possible. Under these conditions, product should be safe for three to four days. Signs of spoilage are slimy texture, off smell or growth of mold. “When in doubt, throw it out”. And, we always recommend using our products by their “best use by dates” unless they have been stored in the freezer.

 

15. Can I eat Tofurky® Sausages, Franks or Roast uncooked (without cooking)?

We do not recommend eating Tofurky Sausages, Franks, Links or Roasts uncooked. Please follow the product cooking instructions on the packaging before eating.

 

16. Can I freeze Tofurky® products?

All Tofurky® products purchased in a refrigerated state may be stored frozen for up to a year from date of freezing provided they are frozen prior to their pull date.

 

17. How long will an uncooked Tofurky® Roast last in the freezer?

An uncooked Tofurky Roast can be safely stored in your freezer for about 18 to 24 months. However, after storing your uncooked Tofurky Roast in a freezer for long periods of time, you should check to make sure there is no visible freezer burn on it. Freezer burn may make the Tofurky Roast not taste very good.

 

18. Can I freeze Tofurky® Roast leftovers ?

Yes, you can freeze your leftover Tofurky Roast. However, you should handle your leftover Tofurky Roast properly, which means not leaving it at room temperature for more than two hours, and refrigerating your leftovers as soon as possible. To freeze your leftovers, wrap tightly in an airtight container. They will last for about three months in your freezer.

 

19. How long can I store the Tofurky® Roast in the refrigerator?

If you purchasesd a refrigerated Tofurky Roast (sold refrigerated, not frozen) you can keep it in a 41 ° F or colder refrigerator until the “best use by date” which is stamped on the outside panel of the box.

If you have purchased a frozen Tofurky roast (sold frozen, not refrigerated) you can keep it in a 41 ° F or colder refrigerator for 30 days.

 

20. Do you have any Tofurky® recipes?

Recipes are available at the recipes section of our website.

 

21. Do Tofurky® products contain MSG?

We don’t add MSG to any of our Tofurky Products.

 

22. Are your Tofurky® products organic?

We make Tofurky Products using only certified organic tofu, and we use other organic ingredients wherever supply and costs make it feasible. Our manufacturing facility in Hood River, OR is certified by Oregon Tilth as an organic food processor.

 

23. Do you make low sodium Tofurky® products?

While Tofurky Products are significantly lower in sodium than their meat counterparts, they may not be considered by all people to be a low sodium food.

 

24. Do you use hexane extracted soy protein isolates and concentrates in your Tofurky® products?

NO! Unlike most of our larger competitors, we do not use hexane-extracted soy isolates, concentrates or other ingredients manufactured using the eco-toxin, hexane. More info.

 

25. Does a larger corporation own Turtle Island Foods?

Turtle Island Foods, Inc is a family-owned, independent company and has been that way since 1980.

 

26. Where is “Turtle Island”?

Turtle Island is the name that the Ojibwa and Chippewa Indians have given to the North American continent. They believed that the earth was once all water and Turtle volunteered his shell as a home for the land animals. Thus, if you live in North America, you live on “Turtle Island”. Our offices and production facility are in Hood River, OR overlooking the Columbia River, on the western edge of the Turtle’s shell.

 

27. What is Tofurky's position on organic palm oil?

Read our thoughts on palm oil.

 


Did you know?

We vigorously source certified non-genetically engineered ingredients from all of our suppliers.