Barry’s Tempeh: Non-traditional, Experimental Tempeh

VideoBy Liza de Guia on Nov 27, 2012
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“For a vegetarian, in particular, it’s the best kind of protein you can eat. I love to share the taste of it.”

Meet Barry Schwartz, the founder and tempeh master behind Barry’s Tempeh, a small-batch, probiotic-friendly tempeh business based in Brooklyn, NY. To Barry, tempeh-making is an exciting, alluring and magical process: a job where he gets to combine his love of science with his love of farming and community. In fact, he prides himself less as a business person and more as a care-giver: caring for the “temperamental” tempeh to grow, and caring to customers by providing them with good food. It took him 5-years to nail down his current recipes. And in his quest for perfection, he discovered he could make tempeh out of anything – not just traditional soybeans.  Hope you enjoy his story!

To taste Barry’s Tempeh or to cook it at home, you can visit his stand at Smorgasburg, or head out to one of the many shops he sells at in Brooklyn and Manhattan. I love slicing it thin and sauteing it. It also takes to marinades well too!

Thanks for watching food. curated. and for supporting small food artisans! Happy eating!


  1. jojo says:

    Awesome video Liza! Barry’s Tempeh is the BOMB!


  2. Naomi says:

    Thanks for posting this video… I would really love to try something like this. I think I know what I’m doing on my next trip to N.Y.

  3. Ali Indrawan says:

    Indonesians don’t have the same passion about Tempe making as Barry does. Sad.

  4. Tom Allen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this video.
    Good for all tempeh makers to know

  5. Karl says:

    i’m planning to pick some up tomorrow, loved your show. Wish you weren’t from brooklyn though. Manhattan represent

  6. formacion says:

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  7. Joseph says:

    Great Video and super knowledgeable presentation. Very educational, can hardly wait to try some! Many thanks Barry!

  8. Patti Bates says:

    Hi Barry, I’m interested in knowing where I can buy your Tempeh, do you have a website?

  9. barbara says:

    Do you know where I can purchase unpasturized tempeh in bulk in CT or Westchester? Can I buy yours in these areas? Are the tempeh’s in Whole foods and Mrs greens pasturized I wonder?
    Do you ship to CT wholesale or retail?
    Many thanks,

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