it sounds like you may have picked up silken tofu instead of regular tofu. silken generally comes in shelf stable, tetra-brik packages. regular comes packed in water and, if not sealed, that water needs to be changed daily. i'm not big on marinading tofu, but if i recall correctly it needs more 8 hours/overnight to absorb much of anything unless you slice it paper thin.
my best advice would be to hit up asian restaurants and try tofu that way until you determine if you like it or not. then you can work on learning to cook it. it's one of the trickier things to learn to cook well, both because of the different texture and the fact that there are so many kinds and so many ways to cook it.
for silken tofu, i would suggest pie or pudding. in some publix insert from years ago i found a key lime pie recipe that uses silken tofu. you basically whiz up the tofu in a food processor, add the lime juice and one or two other things, pour into a graham pie shell and chill. i can try and find it if you like. the other thing that it works well in [and is insanely easy to make] is chocolate pudding. again, toss the tofu in a food processor and let it go til smooth. add a little vanilla and then stir in your melted chocolate. cool and enjoy.
for regular tofu you may want to start by slicing, pressing, and freezing. the color will turn a little more yellow, but it really helps if you want a chewier texture. because most recipes for tofu call for pressing, cubing, then cooking and i frankly find that when i do this at home, i sear the outside rather unpleasantly and the inside stays slimy. asian restaurants can do this and make it chewy and creamy and wonderful, but not me. so i know that i prefer mine sliced as thinly as i can and then i fry it up. i don't press mine and this ends up pleasantly chewy and not unpleasantly centered.
if you know anyone who raves about tofu, ask them to make you some. if you like it, ask them to teach you how to cook it.
you may also want to try something a little more strongly flavored than lemon pepper. and follow a recipe.
Edited by: NIRERIN at: 1/1/2014 (06:05)
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