The Blessing on Seitan

Question: [Wednesday, 15th MarCheshvan 5783]

What bracha should be recited over the vegetarian meat substance known as Seitan, Sheakol or Mezonos? [Seitan is a mildly flavored, high-protein meat substitute made of wheat gluten.]



Explanation: Gluten is the protein of the wheat and does not provide sustenance as does the flour. Therefore, it is not viewed as the main product of the wheat that deserves a special blessing of Mezonos or Hamotzi.

Sources: See Vezos Habracha Birurim 24-2 and that so ruled to him Rav Moshe Shternbuch, Rav Pinchus Sheinberg, Badatz Machzikei Hadaas, and so was the leaning opinion of Rav SZ”A; Piskeiy Teshuvos 208:2

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