Frequent Ask Questions:
What is Black Oncom Black Oncom more recently referred to as onchom, one of the staple foods in Asia, and is a culture food-product closely related to Unlike tempeh, oncom is mainly prepared from Okara (Okara Japanese], a byproduct of manufacturing soy milk. If you have any questions please contact us, and we will response within 24 hours at :
How do I store my tempeh starters?
Tempeh starter should be kept in the refrigerator (33-36 F) in a closed glass jar, or a sealed zip lock bag. Every time you open the refrigerator warm most air will enter, and will condense on the objects in the refrigerator. In a glass jar or zip lock the tempeh starter is protected and safe, and won't get moist. The tempeh starter can be kept in the refrigerator for months, even better store it in the freezer, it will stay potent for years.
Will my tempeh starter culture lose strength during shipping?
NO, Our tempeh starters are structural design in our labs to withstand the shipping period to your location for months, it will NOT lose their potency, and we guaranty this. On arrival store it in refrigerator, it will stay potent for months, even better in the freezer, you will be able to keep it for years!. See for more information our Tempeh Starter information page.
Is our starter the right one ?
Some tempeh starters sold in U.S. are cheap, claimed from Indonesia, unknown brand names, but they dont tell you how long they are kept in their warehouses before shipping to U.S. and selling online. Cheap is not always cheap, Raprima and our IndoPal starters are fresh, sealed, and kept frozen before shipping its quaranties you a good starter.
Do you ship to P.O. Boxes?
Due regulations we cannot ship to P.O. Boxes.
What is shelf life of tempeh starter culture?
Tempeh starter culture has a shelf life of about one year after the date of production date. If it's stored in a dry and cool place,
e.g. in a refrigerator, or even better, in a freezer, then it will be active for many of years.
Our Tempeh Starter Kits are packed in food grade foil pouches, and double sealed.
How do I store my fresh tempeh?
Fresh tempeh can be kept in the refrigerator (33-36 F) for about 1 week. Frozen tempeh keeps good for several months.
How much tempeh can I eat daily?
There's is no minimum or maximum amount. We only advice that tempeh is part of a well balanced diet. The FDA recommends consuming daily about 25 g of soy proteins, or 2 to 3 oz Tempeh.
What soybean varieties are suitable for the production of tempeh?
The only beans in our opinion to create the taste of original Indonesian Tempeh are Yellow Soy Beans, although there are no specific varieties which could be used for the production of tempeh. To obtain the "fresh nutty taste" of Tempeh only the big yellow Soy Bean should be used, if you want to use instead of Soya Bean, an other kind of bean, this is no problem in the process, it only gives a different taste then Indonesian style tempeh.
Can I eat raw tempeh?
Fresh tempeh is eaten cooked, either fried, steamed or boiled.
How do I know that my tempeh is good?
In fresh tempeh the soybeans should be bound together into a tight cakes with no mold growing other than the white tempeh culture. Small black spots may occasionally appear. These spots do not necessarily indicate spoilage, but are part of the tempeh culture's life cycle.
The texture should not be slimy and the aroma should be mushroom-like (or nutty yeast-like). A every slight smell of ammonia is normal. This smell will increase if you incubate the tempeh too long, indicating that the proteins have been broken down too much.
My batch of homemade tempeh is spoiled, who can I prevent this in future?
There could be many reasons but the most important one is the incubation of moist beans. Moist is the number 1 reason which will spoil your batch of Tempeh. Then other organisms will grow and compete with the tempeh mold. This will result in a slimy texture and a strong smell of ammonia.
Other reasons could be:
- using old or inactive starter(starter should be kept in a dark, cold and dry place)
- working conditions were not hygienisch
- too high incubation temperature which kills the mold (temperature should be 86 F).
Molds can produce toxins! How safe is tempeh?
The molds (Rhizopus) used for the production of tempeh are eatable and don't produce any known toxins.
My tempeh has some black spots! Can I still use this tempeh?
The formation of black spores, especially around the air holes, where there's a lot of oxygen, the molds could produce some black spores. This tempeh is still eatable, and is normal. To Indonesian people black spores are a sign of a good tempeh(maker).
Depending on the Rhizopus strain could will happen sometimes after 2-3 days of incubation. To produce white tempeh, carefully follow our instructions,if the temperature is too hight or incubation time too long this could happen, our spores strain produces perfect tempeh, if directions are followed.
Our instructions will show you how to make it, and your byproduct will be delicious healthy FREE Soy Milk.
A mold species which produces Oncom, is used in the short fermentation of oncom.
In contrast to tempeh, sporulation of the mold is encouraged in oncom production.
THE FOOD SAFETY LICENSES OF RAPRIMA TEMPEH STARTER
Raprima tempeh starter is a Rhizopus Oligosprus based tempeh starter, produced in controlled, which is
used to grow spores fungus in making tempeh. This starter is produced in a controlled, totally safe
environment and regularly tested by the Government. As we know that in the process of
fermentation of making tempeh, good-quality starter is highly needed indeed. The type of starter
used will affect the quality of tempeh produced. That is why you had better choose starter Raprima
tempeh starter to produce good quality of tempeh. Raprima tempeh starter contains rice powder, as
media, and Rhizopus Oligosprus spores which is produced by PT. Aneka Fermentasi Industri (AFI) from Bandung, West Java.
Raprima tempeh starter has been registered by National Agency of Drug and Food Control (NA-DFC)
with product number BPOM RI MD 256928001051. NA-DFC has abilities to detect, prevent and
control such products in order to protect the consumers security and health in the country and overseas.
This agency is established with a national and international networking, authority to conduct
law enforcement and highly credible professionalism. The main functions of NA-DFC are:
The assessment and organization of national policy in food and drug evaluation field,
The implementation of a specific policy in food and drug evaluation field,
The coordination of functional activities in the implementing of NA-DFC duties,
Monitoring and providing guidance and development on the activities of the government agencies in food and drug evaluation field,
The implementation of guidance and public administration service in general planning field,
administration, organization and governance, officialdom, finance, archives, coding, equipment and household.
Furthermore, Raprima tempeh starter has also been registered by the halal certification agencies,
Indonesian Ulema Council with product number LPPOM 01311082190113. In Indonesia, it is well-
known as LPPOM MUI (Majelis Ulama Indonesia). MUI Halal certificate is a written fatwa, a decision
based on Al-Qur'an and Al-Hadith, which is issued by Indonesian Ulema Council, declaring about the
"HALAL" of a product in accordance with Islamic shari'ah. MUI Halal certificate is a requirement to
get government's permit for halal labeling on the packaging of a product. Those certificates are
accomplished to give a certainty about halal status of food, medicines, cosmetics,
and other products to reassure the consumers' mind in consuming the product.
Is Raprima Tempeh Starter Safe To Use?
SURE! With those two certificates and licenses from two agencies, Raprima tempeh starter has obtained
its permit to be marketed in all over Indonesia, even throughout the world. Its safety is fully-
guaranteed by National Agency of Drug and Food Control (NA-DFC) and Indonesian Ulema Council
(LPPOM MUI). As a proof, you can see the label of its license in front of Raprima packaging. First,
please have a look at the bottom left of the product. There is a license numbers from Indonesia
National Agency of Drug and Food Control with BPOM RI MD 256928001051. Second, on the top
right there is a "HALAL" label from Indonesia Ulema Council "MAJELIS ULAMA INDONESIA" with product number LPPOM 01311082190113.
Where To Buy Tempeh Starter?
Furthermore, if you ask "where to get Raprima tempeh starter?", the answer is right here. If you are
about to buy Raprima tempeh starter, we are here to serve you. Please feel free to contact us
anytime you need. We provide it start from retail purchase of small party or in bulk, even wholesale.
What is Black Oncom
Black Oncom more recently referred to as onchom, one of the staple foods in Asia, and is a culture food-product closely related to Unlike tempeh, oncom is mainly prepared from Okara (Okara Japanese], a byproduct of manufacturing soy milk.
If you have any questions please contact us, and we will response within 24 hours at :
Tempeh is made by a natural culturing and controlled process that binds particles into a cake form. It originated in , where it is most popular, although it is common in other parts of as well. It is especially popular in Indonesia, where it is a source of protein. Like tahu or toufu, tempeh is made from soybeans, but tempeh is a whole soybean product with different characteristics and textural qualities. Tempeh's fermentation process and its retention of the whole give it a higher content of taste and vitamin B12, and compared to tofu, more firmer and stronger . Because of its nutritional value, tempeh is used worldwide in vegetarian dishes.
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