Room for fermentation

Consultation Session : What Kinds Of Equipment Are Needed In The Process Of Making Tempeh?

Equipment, ingredients, and the making process will determine the quality of tempeh. There is actually traditional way to produce tempeh, but because of the development of technology, people choose to use modern technique which is easier, faster, and more hygienic.

So, what kinds of equipment do we need to for making tempeh? Well, in this opportunity we are going to share to you the tools that we can use for making homemade tempeh. If you are going to make your own tempeh, you may need to read our article. Let’s check it out!

 

  1. For making homemade tempeh, there are two kind of scales should be used. First, scale which has low accuracy. This scale is only accurate to scale the materials with minimum weight 50 g. The examples of scale with low accuracy are hanging scale and kitchen scale. Then, you will also need a scale which has high accuracy. This scale can give accurate result when it is used to scale the materials no more than 50 g.
Kitchen scale

Scale with low accuracy – Kitchen scale

Hanging scale

Scale with low accuracy – Hanging scale

Balance scale

Scale with high accuracy – Balance scale

  1. Room thermometer. Remember that the room temperature for fermentation should be consistent. This is why you must set and monitor the temperature needed so that the fermentation process can be controlled.
Room thermometer

Room thermometer

  1. You can use kitchen stove or high pressure stove. It depends on the materials volume. If you just want to make tempeh in small scale, it is better for you to use kitchen stove. Meanwhile, if you want to make tempeh in big scale, you can choose to use high pressure stove.
Kitchen stove

Kitchen stove

High pressure stove

High pressure stove

  1. Pan for boiling the materials (soybeans) which is made from stainless steel with capacity as you need. This boiling tool sometimes is also used to soak the materials.
Pan

Pan

  1. Colander tool/water drainer tool. After soaking or boiling the soybeans, we should drain the beans using colander/water drainer tool. Traditionally, colander is  made from bamboo. But in this modern era, you can find differently which is made from plastic or stainless steal.
Colander

Colander

 

Water drainer tool

Water drainer tool

  1. Plastic container. You can use it for some purposes such as for soaking process, washing process, as the container, etc.
plastic container

Plastic container

  1. Dehuller machine which can be operated manually. This machine usually is used to make tempeh in big enough amount for about 50kg.
Dehuller machine

Dehuller machine

  1. Work table used to clean and cool the soybeans which has been boiled. As we know that after boiled, soybeans should be cool before mixed with starter. This is why you should prepare clean and suitable place for it.
example of work table

The example of work table

  1. Aluminium tray to dry the starter material and also place to clean the soybeans.
Aluminium tray

Aluminium tray

  1. Tampah (round container made from bamboo) as the place for mixing the soybeans with the starter. If you don’t have tampah which is made from bamboo, you can use the one made from plastic.
Tampah

Tampah made from bamboo

Tampah made from plastic

Tampah made from plastic

  1. Work places (indoor rooms) that are divided into several places for different purposes such as: (a) materials storage place or warehouse; (b) kitchen room for boiling/processing (c)place for washing, soaking, and peeling soybeans; (d) place for cleaning, cooling, fermenting, and packing; and (e) waste shelter. Each room should be completed with facilities or equipment that has been adjusted to the needs. For example: water resource, dehuller machine, etc)

 

  1. Fermentation room. You should prepare this special room well so that the fermentation process can run well and are not contaminated by the contaminants around. Fermentation room is better set to be dark and the temperature room should also be set. You can set the temperature by using heating tool or fan to help the aeration. If possible, you can also prepare AC there so that you can operate it and adjust to your need to get the ideal temperature for fermentation process. Moreover, you should also prepare the shelves to place the materials which will be fermented.
Room for fermentation

Room for fermentation

  1. Waste treatment facilities.

 

Remember that in the process of making tempeh, you should pay attention to not only the factor that can influence the tempeh making process, but also the completeness of the equipment. When you already prepare all the equipment needed, the process of making tempeh will run well since you have everything you need.

Just imagine what happen when you miss even only 1 thing. For example you don’t prepare the pan for boiling soybeans. Then, can you finish the tempeh making process? Of course not. This is why before you start making your tempeh, make sure you have prepared all the things you need. In addition to preparing all the equipment, you should also make sure that you have them all cleaned because it will also influence the quality of tempeh.

Well, that’s all the information about the equipment needed in the process of making tempeh. If you need more detail information, you can contact us at:

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Address:

Maron, Donoharjo, Ngaglik, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 55581

 

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Serving Tempeh Starter Order To Our Overseas Customer : Does Our Company Have Bank Swift Code To Serve The Transfers From Abroad?

Few days ago we got a Whats App message from our overseas customer. We had quite long conversation about how to order Raprima tempeh starter since there was something we need to overcome first. It was not a problem, so let’s say it is a kind of obstacle. Do you want to know what it was? We will tell you our story of serving tempeh starter order to our overseas customer in this site. Please keep continuing reading…

About Our Customer

This is the first time for us having an overseas customer who comes from South Africa. Of course we were so happy with this. Because of him, now we know that tempeh is also consumed by people there. Even though we don’t know for sure his intention of making tempeh, whether to be consumed personally or to be sold, but we are really amazed to know the fact that this Indonesian food is also known there.

Our customer was interested to make tempeh, so he contacted us to find the information about tempeh starter. He came to us and introduced himself politely. Then, he asked about our starter first before deciding to order from us. As usual we introduced who we are and what product we are selling.

After knowing information about our Raprima tempeh starter, then we also informed him how to order our starter. So, here are the procedures:

  1. The customer determines the amount of starter to be ordered
  2. The customer sends the complete address
  3. The customer gets total price from us
  4. The customer transfers to our customer transfers to our PayPal Account at: nunungsetyawan@yahoo.com

or transfer to our Bank Account:

(Bank BRI) Account number : 203301001223539

OR

(Bank Permata Syariah) Account number : 4121889477

 

  1. Shipment target is 3 days after the day of transferring – starter is processed.

Note: Please let us know if you already transfer the payments by contacting us via email or phone.

 

Do We Have Bank SWIFT Code To Serve The Transfers From Abroad?

SWIFT code is an International bank code which identifies particular banks worldwide. People also call it BIC (Bank Identifier Code). What is it used? SWIFT code is used to send money to overseas banks. So, if you are going to transfer money to overseas bank, you will need this code. For example when an overseas bank is going to transfer money to our bank in Indonesia, they will need to know our SWIFT code so that they can transfer it. This is the example of overseas bank that asks for SWIFT code:

Serving Tempeh Starter Order To Our Overseas Customer : Does Our Company Have Bank Swift Code To Serve The Transfers From Abroad?

Asking for SWIFT code

 

So, do we have bank SWIFT code to serve the transfers from abroad? Unfortunately, we don’t have it. This is why we said previously that we faced an obstacle when serving our customer. We actually have two alternatives to receive the payment. First, using PayPal. Second, using bank. Our intention of using those two ways is because we want to provide facilities to our customer from everywhere to send the payment. We provide PayPal account specifically from our overseas customer. Then, for domestic customer they can transfer the money through our bank account.

Nevertheless, sometimes we find an obstacle when our overseas customers choose to send the payment using bank account. There might be some reasons why they choose it such as the convenience, the availability of services, and so forth.

This is why when our customer from South Africa informed us that the transfer could only be done using bank account, we should find the solution for it. And of course, we needed our customer help. So, what happened next? Just keep reading our article please…

 

Final Solution

We should thank to our customer from South Africa who was so patient in guiding us. There is actually one customer from India before who also asked about our bank SWIFT code. However, we couldn’t help him since we also didn’t have this code.

With our customer from South Africa we got a new experience and new knowledge how to do with SWIFT code. He contacted intensively via Whats App messenger so that it was very easy to talk each other. We searched this code in the internet but what we found was just a kind of bank code (we were not sure whether it was SWIFT code). Our customer then checked the code number in the swift code search and finder tools in the website but it didn’t recognize the code.

This is the link of the website that our customer used to check the code: https://bank.codes/swift-code-search/

After that, we contacted the bank office but the customer service but she said that our bank (BANK RAKYAT INDONESIA) in Yogyakarta branch has no SWIFT code. At that time we thought that there was no way anymore. Because of feeling so curious, we then searched for SWIFT code in the code search and finder tools that our customer gave to us. And yes, he was right. BRI bank in Yogyakarta didn’t have it.

Serving Tempeh Starter Order To Our Overseas Customer : Does Our Company Have Bank Swift Code To Serve The Transfers From Abroad?

Yogyakarta is not listed here

Then, we tried to search for BRI bank in other areas to see whether it also had the SWIFT code or not. We typed the Jakarta city there, and finally the code appeared! There were also SWIFT code of BRI bank in other cities as you can read in the picture above such as Tanjung Pinang, Ternate, Ujung Padang, and others.

Finally, our customer from South Africa offered us a solution. He was going to transfer the money to the bank in Jakarta, then the this bank would transfer the money to us. What we could say to him was just thank you. He was so patient, kind and he understood our condition. He guided us so far and gave us an opportunity to serve him. This is the final solution of the obstacle that we faced.

We are tempebumbung, we will try our best to serve our customer no matter where they are and where they come from. So, if you are overseas customer who are going to order our Raprima tempeh starter, since our bank has no SWIFT code, we highly suggest you to transfer the money through PayPal which doesn’t need SWIFT code. If you choose to use bank, then you may need extra effort like our customer from South Africa who transferred the money to BRI bank Jakarta first, then this bank will transfer the money to us.

Thank you for reading our article. Hopefully this can help you when you are going to order starter from us. For more information you can contact us at:

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+62 857 4849 1242

E-mail:

tempebumbung@gmail.com

Address:

Maron, Donoharjo, Ngaglik, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 55581

 

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Selling Tempeh Starter Online – Can We Ship Tempeh Starter To Canada?

Indonesia is a country that is rich in tradition, culture, and culinary. Just please mention kind of Indonesian food that you know! In fact, the variety of foods in this country can attract foreign attention. Due to its delicious taste, some authentic Indonesian foods were served in festivals held in several countries in the world. Tempeh is one of them.

There is one Korean chef named Eduard Quad who fall in love with tempeh. The culinary even festival held in Jakarta in October 2012 became a chef association from various countries. They came to enjoy the typical Indonesian foods and its origin. What were shown in this festival, one of them was fried tempeh from Indonesia. And this is where Eduard Quad began to fall in love with this food. From the variety food he tasted, he made tempe as his idol.

In contrast to Korean chef, there is an Indonesian citizen named Mr. Rustomo who runs a tempeh business in Japan. His own name is popular in some areas of Japan. Moreover, his tempeh business successfully attracts Japanese people. Thus, it is no wonder why tempeh is called popular Indonesian food in worldwide.

Then, you might already hear ‘Warung Tempeh’ in streetfood in London. The owner of this tempeh business ever came to Indonesia to learn how to make it. When he came back to his country, he built his business and it becomes more success till now. His tempeh now can be enyoyed by foreign tourists and local tourist. This tempeh has attracted the attention of people in the world.

From 3 story above it is clear that tempeh is really popular now, not only in Indonesia but also worldwide. Due to its popularity, tempeh now is everywhere. People produce it from small scale until big scale, either use traditional way or modern way.

 

Mrs. Olli, a customer from Indonesia who live in Canada

Even though tempeh is now easily to get, there is not few people want to make homemade tempeh. Also, not few people want to try in small scale first, then produce it in bigger scale to be sold. Like our customer, Mrs. Olli who lives in Canada. From the conversation we had with her, she is actually native from Indonesia. She used Indonesian language well. Here is the picture of his email message:

Selling Tempeh Starter Online - Can We Ship Tempeh Starter To Canada?

Mrs. Olli’s Message

From the picture above we can see that she is now in Canada. She came to us and asked about our product, Raprima tempeh starter. As usual, before ordering the starter, our customer always ask about the procedure of shipping, the total price, and the estimation day. Mrs. Olli also asked the same.

We as an online tempeh starter seller has a commitment to serve our customer maximally. Shipping tempeh starter to Canada is not difficult for us. We works with a trusted service to ship it by flight, then they will deliver the packet to the destination address.

Even though Mrs. Olli has lived in Canada, she never forgets the tasted of tempeh. She possibly also had a plan to visit Indonesia again this year. How we know that? Yes, we just take a conclusion by a message that she sent to us as follow:

Selling Tempeh Starter Online - Can We Ship Tempeh Starter To Canada?

Mrs. Olli’s message

She might be from Surabaya, Indonesia. In addition to know the shipping cost, she also asked the expired date of our starter. Our starter is GMO-free so that it cannot be kept for long time. It is only used for about 5-6 months.

 

So, can we ship tempeh starter to Canada?

Ragi Tempe Raprima

Ragi Tempe Raprima

As we mentioned above, we have our own commitment to give best service to our customer. Sometimes, if our customer object to the shipping price that we mention, we offer our customer to choose the shipping service they trust to pick the packet in our office. So, what we need to prepare is just the packet itself, and the documents (if it is needed). For example our customer from Italy, Mr. Gabo. Open at the shipping of tempeh starter order for Mr. Gabo to be sent to Italy.

So, if you ask us whether or not we can ship the packet to Canada, the answer is ABSOLUTELY YES! It is not a problem for us to send the packet. Besides, we are able to send it to your country with estimation day no more than 15 days. If you are someone who live in Canada and want to make your homemade tempeh, don’t hesitate to order tempeh starter with us. You can try our Raprima starter for making tempeh, and just feel the difference with using another brand. Which one is better?

Just find the answer after trying our Raprima tempeh starter for making your homemade tempeh. Need more information?

Contact us at:

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+62 857 4849 1242

E-mail:

tempebumbung@gmail.com

Address:

Maron, Donoharjo, Ngaglik, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 55581

 

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The Efficacy Of Soy And Tempeh For Our Health

Even though tempeh has been know in Indonesia since the 17th century, but the attention to the scientific side has just begun in the middle of the 20th century. Moreover, the studies of the soy and tempeh efficacy for our health is conducted by scientists overseas. This studies, then inspire Indonesian scientists to explore more about tempeh.

In the process of making tempeh, starter is needed since it will produce mold called Rhizopus sp which helps soy transform into tempeh in the cake-like form. This mold is the one who plays an important role for increasing human health. This is one factor that makes tempeh beneficial for our health. It is because the Rhizopus mold in the tempeh-making process will produce enzymes such as lipase, protease, and amylase. Each of them is useful for fat digestion, protein, and also carbohydrate.

According to Prof. Dr. Ir. Made Astawan, MS, in his book of ‘Sehat Dengan Tempe’, soy product such as tempeh has really good effect for our health. Here are some great effects of them:

 

  1. Processed soybeans is rich of isoflavones

Soybeans is a very good source of nutrients. Besides, the processed soybeans is also a good source of isoflavones. It is a kind of flavonoid compounds which usually found in legumes, especially soybeans whose content can reach about 0,25 %.

 

The isoflavones content in the soybeans and its products are about 10 – 500 mg/100gr. Let’s see the table of isoflavones content in the soy products according to a research conducted by Archer Daniels Midland Company (1999):

The Efficacy Of Soy And Tempeh For Our Health

Table of isoflavones content in the soy products

From the table above you can see that soybeans and its processed products such as tofu, tempeh, and soy milk still contain enough isoflavones. Therefore, we should maintain or even increase our habit to consume soy products in order to prevent from various diseases.

 

  1. Isoflavones in tempeh can prevent from cancer

The Efficacy Of Soy And Tempeh For Our Health

Cancer cell

A survey in Japan done by a researcher, Suzuki, shows that in 1998 the low death rate caused by  coronary heart disease, breast cancer, uterine cancer, and atherosclerosis was caused by the high consumption of soy products such as tofu, natto, misso, and milk. This matter is also suspected by the role of soy isoflavones such as genistein, daidzein, and glysetein which have biological activity as fitoestrogen, antioxidant, and anti-mutagen.

 

The isoflavones in soybeans plays as antioxidant that can prevents us from:

  • Oxidative damage to cell membranes
  • Atherosclerosis due to oxidation of LDL (bad cholesterol)
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • DNA oxidative damage

 

Moreover, this isoflavones is also proven can give pharmacological effects such as:

  • Reduce the risk of breast cancer
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure
  • Antimutagenesis
  • Prevent from osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.

 

  1. Superoxide dismutase enzyme contained in tempeh prevent from cancer

The Efficacy Of Soy And Tempeh For Our Health

SOD Enzyme

Japanese society is the highest consumer of tempeh in the word. What they consume is proven can help them life longer compared to other countries. Yes, that’s true. Tempeh has so many benefits, one of them is to prevent cancer.

The number of patients with prostate cancer and breast cancer in Japanese society is much lower than the western society who seldom consume tempeh. In addition to isoflavones contained in tempeh, by increasing the superoxide dismutase enzyme (SOD), catalase enzyme, and glutathione perioxidase enzyme can also help to prevent cancer. In its activity, SOD enzyme needs zinc copper minerals, catalase enzyme needs iron, and glutathione perioxidase enzyme needs selenium.

Therefore, consuming food that contains or at least can increase those three activities is really important to do. So, what kind of food is it? Tempeh.

Tempeh contains copper, zinc, iron, and selenium in sufficient quantities. Enough consumption of tempeh done routinely is expected to increase levels and activity of SOD in the body. The sufficient levels of SOD in the body will be able to control toxic compounds called malondialdehyde (MDA) so that cancer can be prevented.

 

  1. Tempeh can lower cholesterol

The Efficacy Of Soy And Tempeh For Our Health

Healthy food

Some researches show that the protein contained in soy can lower the triglyceride, total cholesterol, and cholesterol of LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein). The positive side is that, it can increase the cholesterol of HDL (High Density Lipoprotein). LDL cholesterol is known as bad cholesterol that can trigger coronary heart disease while HDL cholesterol is called good cholesterol since it can prevent that disease.

According to Prof. Dr. Ir. Made Astawan, MS, tempeh has several substances that is hypocholesterolemic (lower blood cholesterol). They are: protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), dietary fiber, niacin, carotenoids, isoflavones, calcium, and vitamin E. Then, the unsaturated fatty acids present in tempe are oleic acid, linoleic acid, and lonelenic acid.

A research shows that by consuming tempeh at least 150gr per day in two weeks can lower the total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and The ratio of total cholesterol to LDL cholesterol.

 

  1. Tempeh prevents anemia

The Efficacy Of Soy And Tempeh For Our Health

Blood cells

Anemia of iron nutrients is one of nutritional problems that are now being confronted by developing countries, including Indonesia. The most easily observed common symptoms of anemia are fatigue, lack of excitement, lack of appetite, headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, easy tingling, nausea and palpitations. This condition can happen when we lack of iron which will lower the hemoglobin level.

Tempeh can help prevent us from this condition. This is a kind of food that contains high enough of iron, about 4mg/100g for wet tempeh and 9mg/100g for dry tempeh. Besides, the fermentation process of tempeh can also increase the iron solubility from 24,29% of raw soybeans to 40.52% of fermented tempeh.

The increased amount of dissolved iron will increase its absorption in the body, so it can be relied upon to establish hemoglobin and prevent anemia.

 

  1. Tempeh prevents diarrhea

The Efficacy Of Soy And Tempeh For Our Health

Diarrhea

A research study shows that the antibiotic of tempeh can inhibit the growth of nine types of gram-positive bacteria and one gram-negative. When people are infected, the catabolism of protein will be faster than the anabolism so that the need of high quality of protein will increase. Some researches proof that tempeh can be used as diet for those infected people, either bacteriaor worm infection.

Diarrhea in Indonesia was the cause of infant mortality aged 1-11 months. It is caused by contamnated water and through the food which is processed in unhygienic condition. The most appropriate diarrhea treatment is to replace the lost fluid. we should also consume foods that are easily digested and absorbed by nutrients. One of foods which is easily to digest is tempeh. Its ability to cure diarrhea is supported by two things. First, the anti-diarrhea substance and the protein substance that is easily to digest and absorb, even if the sufferers have an injured colon.

 

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Having Conversation With Our Customer, Mr. Naka Who Is From Vietnam Asking About Tempeh Starter

Having Conversation With Our Customer, Mr. Naka Who Is From Vietnam Asking About Tempeh Starter

If we are speaking about health, what is in your mind? Doing exercises everyday? Yes, that’s right. Think everything positively? Yes, it is also right. Having enough rest after undergoing a tiring day? It is also completely right. Consuming healthy foods? Absolutely right! Well, this is what we are going to discuss in this article – healthy foods.

There are many kind of healthy foods you can consume. Vegetables, meat, fruits, everything is good for our health. What makes it unhealthy is when we never consume it. For example it is not healthy when you only consume vegetables – no protein sources. In the contrary, it is also unhealthy when you consume something without any limit. For instance you really like chicken. Then, you eat it everyday. Let’s say in one day you can consume more than 3 pieces of chicken. Just imagine what is going happen to your body after!

This is why we cannot say that it is good, it is bad. What makes it good or bad is our habit actually. Here are several kinds of healthiest foods in the world according to Fitness Magazine version:

  1. Lemon

    Having Conversation With Our Customer, Mr. Naka Who Is From Vietnam Asking About Tempeh Starter

    Lemon

  2. Broccoli

    Having Conversation With Our Customer, Mr. Naka Who Is From Vietnam Asking About Tempeh Starter

    Broccoli

  3. Dark Chocolate

    Having Conversation With Our Customer, Mr. Naka Who Is From Vietnam Asking About Tempeh Starter

    Dark Chocolate

  4. Potatoes

    Having Conversation With Our Customer, Mr. Naka Who Is From Vietnam Asking About Tempeh Starter

    Potatoes

  5. Salmon

    Having Conversation With Our Customer, Mr. Naka Who Is From Vietnam Asking About Tempeh Starter

    Salmon

  6. Walnuts

    Having Conversation With Our Customer, Mr. Naka Who Is From Vietnam Asking About Tempeh Starter

    Walnuts

  7. Avocados

    Having Conversation With Our Customer, Mr. Naka Who Is From Vietnam Asking About Tempeh Starter

    Avocados

  8. Garlic

    Having Conversation With Our Customer, Mr. Naka Who Is From Vietnam Asking About Tempeh Starter

    Garlic

  9. Spinach

    Having Conversation With Our Customer, Mr. Naka Who Is From Vietnam Asking About Tempeh Starter

    Spinach

Why tempeh is not included in the list? Well, tempeh is indeed healthy food but it is not the healthiest food in the world. However, according to a WHFoods forum, what is included into among the world’s healthiest foods is soy for good reason. Why? Here is what the forum explains:

“Soy is the most widely grown and utilized legume in the world with about 13,000 years of cultivation and over 5,000 research studies. Some studies show that soy can help regulate blood sugar, blood pressure, and also estrogen balance.”

And of courses, there are many more studies that show how soy can is really healthy. Due to this reason, we can say that tempeh can be categorized as healthy food since it is also made from soy. The detail information about tempeh is explained below.

 

Tempeh

Having Conversation With Our Customer, Mr. Naka Who Is From Vietnam Asking About Tempeh Starter

Tempeh

Tempeh is a traditional soy product made from fermented soybeans originally from Indonesia, and is especially popular on the Java island, where it is a staple source of protein. It is cake of soybeans, which have been de-hulled, cooked, and mixed with a tempeh starter, then incubated for a single or couple days. This food has grown so much in its popularity that tempeh is now available in many countries in the world. You can easily find in the market, grocery stores, even in supermarket.

Moreover, tempeh is known as a popular vegan food as a substitute for meat, and it is gluten-free. How is the taste? The taste of tempeh is quite difficult to explain. It can be like mushrooms or chicken, but in fact, there is no way of telling what a particular brand tastes like until you taste it yourself. Many people like tempeh, not only because of its unique taste, but also its benefits as you can read in the article above as it is made from whole soybeans. It is very rich in fiber and soy isoflavones. It is also a generous source of many nutrients such as B-vitamins, calcium, iron, etc. That is why tempeh now is used worldwide in vegetarian cuisine because of its nutritional value.

 

Starter

Raprima Tempeh Starter

Raprima Tempeh Starter

In the process of making tempeh, starter or yeast (ragi tempe) is always needed. It will produce mold which will cover the soybeans so that it will form acompact and dense cake-like. This is what we call tempeh.

We are tempebumbung, an online seller of tempeh starter. We provide starter with brand of Raprima. This is one of best starter you can find in the market. Since we know the request of tempeh starter will increase along with the demand of tempeh itself. This is why we try to fulfill our customer needs by providing starter for them.

Well, several weeks ago we got an email message from Mr. Naka from Vietnam who was looking for tempeh starter.

Having Conversation With Our Customer, Mr. Naka Who Is From Vietnam Asking About Tempeh Starter

Email message from Mr. Naka

It was a good news for us since we found a customer from abroad who liked to eat tempeh. It shows that in other countries like Vietnam, tempeh is quite favored. You may also find several kind of tempeh menu there.

Just like our customer, Mr. Naka wanted to order tempeh starter since he was going to build a business. He intended to open a restaurant with tempeh as the menus. He also asked us the measurement of tempeh starter to be used for making tempeh bowl (Vietnamese cuisine). Please see the picture below:

Having Conversation With Our Customer, Mr. Naka Who Is From Vietnam Asking About Tempeh Starter

Email message from Mr. Naka

 

The Use Of Raprima Tempeh Starter

Raprima tempeh starter is a popular Indonesia brand of tempeh starter. Indonesians usually call it as “Ragi Tempe”. Raprima tempeh starter contains 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. Moreover, it is also HALAL, safe, and suitable for vegetarians or vegans.

Here is the picture of Mr. Naka’s restaurant menu:

Having Conversation With Our Customer, Mr. Naka Who Is From Vietnam Asking About Tempeh Starter

Vietnamese Tempeh Bowl

You must see tempeh there, right? Mr. Naka asked us how much starter needed for it. Well, in the packaging of our tempeh starter, there will be the instruction of how much starter will you need. It is in the Indonesian language, so we translate it into English to make our customer easy to understand.

Having Conversation With Our Customer, Mr. Naka Who Is From Vietnam Asking About Tempeh Starter

The measurement of tempeh starter

Well, having conversation with customer from Vietnam was such a nice experience for us. In addition to know that tempeh is quite favored there, we also know one kind of tempeh cuisines in Vietnam. Thank you for Mr. Naka 🙂

If you are someone who are going to make tempeh by yourself but need tempeh starter, don’t worry! We are here to help you. We are able to ship it not only in Indonesia but also abroad. We use trusted service to deliver is so you have nothing to worry about the shipment. For more information, feel free to contact us at:

Call/SMS/WA

+62 857 4849 1242

E-mail:

tempebumbung@gmail.com

Address:

Maron, Donoharjo, Ngaglik, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 55581

 

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Knowing The Raw Materials Of Tempeh, A Popular Indonesian Soy Product Which Has Really Amazing Nutrient Contents

From various soy products, tempeh is a product originally from Indonesia which is the most popular in the world. The presence of digestive enzymes produced by the molds in the tempeh-making process makes the protein, fat, and carbohydrate on tempeh become easy to digest by body. Therefore, tempeh is very good to consume. Not only consumed by adult, even a baby can also consume it safely.

In addition to the ability of increasing the nutritional quality, the fermentation process of tempeh also changes the unpleasant smell of soybeans becoming the typical flavor of tempeh. The fresh tempeh has soft smell like mushrooms. The longer the fermentation process, the softer the flavor.

In making tempeh soybeans are needed as the raw materials. In addition to soybeans, other variety of beans can also be used such as green beans, jack beans, black beans, white beans, etc. Please see the detail of tempeh made from non-soybeans here.

So, what are the raw materials needed in the tempeh manufacturing?

 

1. SOYBEANS

 

The soybean plants belongs to the family of Leguminosae (lentil), genus of Glycine, and species of max.  In Latin it is called Glycine max, while in English is called soybean. In Indonesia, the environment is very conducive to establish and grow tempeh-making industry, either small scale or big scale. Generally, the tempeh industry in Indonesia is small scale. However, in the economic activity, this industry also includes many labors, start from the farmers who provide the raw materials, tempeh-maker, tempeh seller, and also the ones who process tempeh into other kind tempeh products.

Soybeans are differentiated based on the harvest age and the seeds color. Based on the harvest age, in the book of ‘Sehat dengan Tempe’ by Prof.Dr. Made Astawan, MS, soybeans are differentiated into 3 groups. First, genjah soybeans (young soybeans) with age 78 – 85 days, medium soybeans with age 85 – 95 days, and old soybeans with age more than 95 days.

Green soybeans

Green soybeans

 

Yellow soybeans

Yellow soybeans

 

Black soybeans

Black soybeans

Meanwhile, based on the seeds color, the soybeans are differentiated into yellow soybeans, black soybeans, and green soybeans. Chemically, there is no difference nutrition value composition among those three types of soybeans colors.

Please find below the list of what 100gr tempeh contains:

Nutrients Content

Nutrients Content Per 100gr Tempeh

 

As you can see in the picture above, tempeh only in 100gr contains great nutrients contents. Due to its perfection, tempeh has various nicknames such as Miracle Golden Bean, The Golden Nugget of Nutrition, Meat of the Field, The Protein Hope of the Future, The Amazing Soybeans, and many more.

 

2. INOCULUM

 

In addition to the first raw material in the point 1 above, in the tempeh manufacturer inoculum is also always needed. This inoculum is popular known as starter/yeast.  Starter is a substance that contains Rhizopus mold which will ferment the soybeans into tempeh. It will create mycelium (kind of mold) in the beans so that the soybeans will form a cake-like with grayish white color and unique taste and smell.

Waru leaf

Waru leaf used as ‘usar’

Long time ago, starter for making tempeh was obtained from the starter from waru (Hibiscus tiliaceus) or teak leaves. Click easy way to make tempeh starter for more information about this traditional starter. Naturally, the surface of waru and teak contains kapang or fine yarns or usually called ‘usar’. And this is what can help soybeans fermented into tempeh. However, nowadays the tempeh making using ‘usar’ is very rare.

 

Tempeh starter

Tempeh starter in the powder form

In its development, tempeh starter now is made instantly from pure starter which is grown in a certain medium such as rice flour or corn flour. The use of inoculum in the form of powder has been done since 1976 until now.

Here are the requisites of the election of the microbes that is used as inoculum in the tempeh-making process:

  1. It is not pathogenic (dangerous for human health).
  2. It can grow fast.
  3. It can maintain its physiological properties.
  4. It can produce enzyme that is needed.

In addition, you should also pay attention to the environment sanitation factors and tools cleanliness. It is aimed to avoid the contamination of other microbes like pathogenic.

 

If you need more information about tempeh, feel free to contact us anytime you want. We provide tempeh starter and also information that you may need in the process of tempeh making.

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+62 857 4849 1242

E-mail:

tempebumbung@gmail.com

Address:

Maron, Donoharjo, Ngaglik, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 55581

 

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Sending Tempeh Starter Order In The Moment Of Holy Day Of Eid Al-Fitr To Our Customer From Abroad Who Currently Lives In Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia

As an online seller of starter, we are tempebumbung, are always ready to send our product wherever it is. We are able to send our product to all regions in Indonesia and also throughout the world. This is our commitment to provide tempeh starter to those who need it no matter where they come from and where they live.

Unlike normal days, this time is a great moment for Muslims in the world to celebrate Idul Fitri, Holy Day of Eid Al-Fitr. We have long holidays about 7 days from date June 13, 2018 until June 19, 2018. So, what happen if there are some orders of starter on that day? Do we serve them?

 

Serving Tempeh Starter On Idul Fitri Day

Because it is a very great day for Muslims and there is always a kind of tradition we should do during Lebaran Day (Idul Fitri Day), we cannot serve our customer maximally. We still serve the order, but not as normal days. As we all know that during this Holy Day, the Indonesia shipping services are also closed for a while so that we cannot ship the packet.

Well, this is our experience of serving our customer from abroad who ordered tempeh starter to be sent to Jakarta Selatan where he has currently lived. On June 9, he sent us an email message saying that he needed 200gr tempeh starter to be sent one week later to his place. Then, we think that one week from that day will exactly on our Holy Day, Eid Al-Fitr.

Email message from our customer

In addition to send us email message, he also sent us message via WhatsApp messenger. But in this message, he asked different amount of starter which is 100gr and expected to get starter on 18 June, 2018. That day actually was still holiday but we tried to get information from the shipping cargo whether or not the shipping is done.

WA message from our customer

 

Sending Tempeh Starter To Jakarta Selatan

While we were gathering the information about the shipment, we prepared the packet to our customer. We didn’t forget to confirm our customer how many amount of starter he wanted, 100gr or 200gr. Our customer wanted 200gr but then, we realized that we run out of this amount. This was because the smallest package of our Raprima tempeh starter is actually 500gr. Since we didn’t prepare the smaller amount of re-packaging tempeh starter, we didn’t have the stock of it. We were sorry to him about this and we then offered him our tempeh starter with 500gr.

 

Sending Tempeh Starter Order In The Moment Of Holy Day Of Eid Al-Fitr

Our conversation via WA with our customer

 

He wondered how many price of it. Then, we calculate all of the total cost for 500gr tempeh starter to be sent to Jakarta Selatan. After our customer got the information needed, he finally ordered our Raprima tempeh starter with 500gr. On June 11, 2018 he transferred and then the next day, he transferred the shortage payment for it.

Sending Tempeh Starter Order In The Moment Of Holy Day Of Eid Al-Fitr

The evidence of the transfer

As you already read previously that our customer wanted the packet arrived at June 18. However, it is still holiday. We got the information from the cargo that the packet could be sent after the holiday. And this is what we also informed to our customer.

On June 13, 2018 we left the packet in the cargo. So, the packet would be sent after the holidays directly. We didn’t forget to inform our customer the tracking number of the packet so that he could check the location of his packet.

 

Tempeh Starter Order Finally Arrived

Waiting for almost a week, on June 19, 2018 we finally got a message from our customer. He said that the packet already arrived. We were so happy to heart that. It was not much longer than the day our customer expected.

Sending Tempeh Starter Order In The Moment Of Holy Day Of Eid Al-Fitr

Starter already arrived

 

When our customer got the starter and wanted to use it, he asked us few questions as you can see in the picture above. First, he asked whether the starter can be stored in the freeze or not. And second, the measurement of starter.

Well, you may already read the answer in our article at tempebumbung.wordpress.com. To keep starter, there are several ways you can do. For more details, please open our article : Is it possible to freeze the tempeh starter to make it last longer?

And then for the second question, he asked whether 1 tea spoon is used for per kg beans. Well, in the Raprima tempeh starter packaging, you can see the measurement but in Indonesian language. Here is the measurement of it in English:

  • 2gr (Inokulum) Raprima tempeh starter for 1kg soybeans
  • 1 teaspoonful (Inokulum) Raprima tempeh starter for 2.5kg soybeans
  • 1 tablespoon (Inokulum) Raprima tempeh starter for 10kg soybeans

 

So, you only need 2gr tempeh starter for 1kg soybeans. Very small amount, isn’t it? Moreover, please also pay attention to the 9 factors that can influence the tempeh making process to make tempeh with good quality.

There are also many articles about the process of making tempeh that you can find in our website. So, don’t forget to check them all. And if you are still not satisfied with our article, you can contact us directly.

 

Call/SMS/WA

+62 857 4849 1242

E-mail:

tempebumbung@gmail.com

Address:

Maron, Donoharjo, Ngaglik, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 55581

 

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