Want to buy soy curls but don’t know where to find them?
If you wish to find soy curls, you’ll have the most success finding them at natural food stores and health food co-ops.
However, if you’re unable to find them in stores near you, then online stores such as Amazon and Walmart will surely have soy curls.
In this article, I’ll cover everything you need to know about soy curls, including recommendations of online stores where you’re easily able to find them.
What Are Soy Curls?
Soy curls are made by dehydrating minimally processed soybean strips.
They are a natural alternative to meat with a texture that is somewhat “meaty”, think “chicken tenders”, so they’re kind of chewy and not as firm.
However, they’re not going to taste the same as chicken tenders, but you can come pretty close if you know how to properly prepare them.
Soy curls (as well as other forms of textured soy) are a bit spongy, so at first, it can take some time to wrap your head around it, but it’s worth it, particularly if you don’t eat meat.
The most popular brand of soy curls is Butler Foods, and they’re made from select, non-GMO, whole soybeans (soy), and grown without chemical pesticides.
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What Stores Sell Soy Curls?
Several stores have soy curls in stock, and most of the stores are no surprise to you, as they’re the biggest retailers around.
Here are the stores that are most likely to have soy curls available:
- Amazon: Considered the largest online marketplace in the world, Amazon is where you can find anything, including hard-to-find vegan alternatives. Amazon sells soy curls from Butler Foods, as well as soy curls from Soyjock which are made in Japan.
- Walmart: Like Amazon, Walmart is also a huge marketplace, and you can also typically find foods that are a bit rarer or harder to find. Walmart also has soy curls from Butler Foods, but their most popular option is the plant-based chick’n strips by Gardein.
- Butler Foods: As the creators of soy curls, Butler Foods also sells them via their official website.
- Vegan Supply: Another option, particularly for those that live in Canada, is to purchase soy curls via Vegan Supply, an online store that specializes in vegan products, including soy curls. They also sell soy curls from Butler Foods, so it’s also an option.
- Vegan Essentials: Another viable option is Vegan Essentials, a vegan-owned retailer that had its inception in 1997, making it the longest-operating cruelty-free retailer in the United States. They also sell soy curls from Butler Foods, so if you wish to order online, they’re also a good option.
Where Are Soy Curls Located In The Grocery Store?
To be frank, I’ve been unable to find a local grocery store that carries soy curls, but if you live in an area (Los Angeles, for instance) where there is a larger demand for vegan products, then your best bet is to look for soy curls in the natural food aisle, next to products like seitan, tofu, tempeh, and textured soy.
If you’re unable to find them, then online stores like Amazon and Walmart, or vegan retailers like Vegan Essentials will surely have them in stock.
Health food stores and health food co-ops might also have them, so be sure to check those places in your area.
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3 Ways To Use Soy Curls
There are a couple of ways that you can use soy curls, particularly as a substitute for chicken strips, which are often used to make different recipes.
Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup
Miss the taste of a flavorful chicken noodle soup? Well, now there is a way to make it without harming animals and embedding soy curls or plant-based chicken strips in a thick, flavorful noodle broth.
This recipe by the Plant Power Couple is extremely easy to do, and it only requires a few ingredients and 45 minutes to make – 20 of those are preparation.
Vegan Taco Chicken
Want a vegan version of the traditional Mexican tacos? This 8-ingredient tequila-infuse vegan taco meat recipe by the Plant Power Couple is easy to make and as flavorful as the original.
You can use it in tacos, burritos, or salads, and have a tender, juicy, and zesty Mexican-inspired culinary experience at home.
Vegan Pot Pie Casserole
Want a meaty but vegan-friendly chicken pie? By using soy curls, vegetables, and a store-bought puff pastry, you can now make a vegan version of the chicken pin in one hour.
This recipe by the Plant Power Couple is delicious, and it only requires a few ingredients.
Are Soy Curls Good For You?
Yes, soy curls are generally considered a healthy food, especially if you compare them with meat products like pork, sausages, chorizo, and ham.
Soy curls are high in fiber and protein, and also offer decent amounts of potassium, omega-3 fatty acids, all without trans fats or cholesterol.
Plus, soy curls are minimally processed and made without preservatives, additives, pesticides, genetically modified organisms, and other unhealthy additives.
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Are Soy Curls Gluten-Free?
Yes, soy curls are generally gluten-free.
For instance, the ones produced by Butler Foods are the most popular, and they don’t have any allergens besides soy, so they’re considered suitable for people with a gluten allergy.
Are Soy Curls The Same As TVP?
Soy curls are similar to textured vegetable protein (TVP), and they can be used interchangeably in some recipes, although TVP is available in different forms, unlike soy curls.
The main difference between both is that TVP is made from defatted soy flour while soy curls are made from whole soybeans. This also means soy curls are less processed than TVP.
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If you’re a vegan or vegetarian and wish to create alternative versions of dishes that usually contain meat, then soy curls are a wonderful meat alternative.
They’re not easy to find in grocery stores and it’s unlikely that you’ll find them in all states and/or parts of the world, but you can always purchase them online via Amazon or Walmart.