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Tofu Tips

Monday, December 09, 2013

Purchase extra firm tofu for cooking in a wok or fry pan.

First of all, with tofu you don't need to concern yourself with marinading and glazing to make it taste good. The Chinese don't do it. I know - I ate in an upscale Chinese restaurant and ordered tofu. It was great and it didn't have flavors that were in the rest of the food. It tasted plain, which was just fine in that dish. Its plainness harmonized with the vegetables, spices and sauce.

The most important thing to remember with tofu is to get rid of the excess liquid it sits in while packaged. I am talking about the tofu you find in tubs in the produce section of the grocery store.

Drain off the liquid and put the tofu on a plate with several layers of paper towel underneath it and on top of it. If you don't like to use paper, use cloth towels instead. Press it well with your hands. Remove the towels and add new ones on the bottom and top again. I then put a plate on top of the tofu, then place a big, heavy book on top of the plate. Let it sit for a while. After that, your tofu should be ready for cooking.

Enjoy it in a stir fry, or any other entrée or recipe of your choosing. It will hold up well.
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  • KAREN91
    I'm going to try tofu. I have had it in entrees made by others but I've been afraid to cook with it. Your tips have encouraged me to try cooking with it! emoticon
    1622 days ago
    I made tofu once. I put the needed things out on the counter, soaked the soybeans, did all the things in the Tofu book, and when I was done I had the best tasting tofu ever! Somehow when it's fresh made it's so much better than store bought.

    And not only did I have great tofu, I had a clean kitchen. The process is such that while one thing is happening, I was washing out the utensil I'd been using. There's plenty of time to clean up as you go. And there's nothing that's greasy or has nasty stuff sticking.

    I only did it once. I'm busy and I just never think of making tofu. But it was so good, maybe I should do it again!
    1623 days ago
    I'd add another tip: buy non-GMO tofu.

    I am allergic to the stuff but know of many who could use these tips. I'll pass them on, thanks.
    1623 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    I have never had tofu, now I will know what to do if I do get some. Might be worth a try. Thank you. emoticon
    1624 days ago
    I can do that too. I just thought I was the only one crazy enough to do so! Ultimate fast food.

    1624 days ago
    Great tips - apart from stirfrys etc I buy it pre-packaged and remove the plastic then put it into a plastic container and eat a block of it by itself over about 3 days. It is so full of protein and relatively low in cals. I love the stuff!
    1624 days ago
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