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Freezing Tofu?

lmuller Sep 27, 2007 02:18 PM

Is there a way to freeze tofu? Either that, or is there another way to preserve it to make it last longer? I am the only one in my house who eats it and I would love to be able to save the remaining tofu in the package for another time!

  1. leanneabe Sep 27, 2007 02:35 PM

    I know that if you cover tofu with fresh water, changing every day or so, it will keep for at least a week. I don't know how freezing it would affect the texture.

    If you have an Asian grocery store near you, you may want to check to see if they have smaller packages of tofu. I've seen little packages that are just about enough for one person. They do keep for a quite a while unopened, so you could buy some and then enjoy it when you want.


    1. fayehess Sep 27, 2007 02:44 PM

      the changing the water daily, and covering well, works great once the package is opened. Otherwise, you can just slice it up, and get it marinating in a bowl of 1/2 cup of soy, about 2 Tablespoon of rice vinegar, a spill of orange juice, a tablespoon or to taste of sesame oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, a few fresh scallions, chopped, about three inches of ginger, roughly chopped, and 2 garlic cloves. Leave it in there over night, and then grease a sheet pan with olive oil or peanut oil. Roast at 400 degrees, checking to see if they are brown on the bottom, and flipping. They are great cut up into cubes in noodles, or in sandwiches with avocado, baby arugula leaves, tomato and thinly sliced red onion. fayefood.com

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        platypus Sep 27, 2007 03:04 PM

        Yes, you can freeze tofu (in the original package or wrapped in cling film and then in a plastic bag) but the texture be different (not necessarily better or worse)-- more chewy. There are actually recipes out there that call for frozen and thawed tofu. After it's thawed, squeeze the water out (it will be sort of like a sponge) and grate or chop it and throw it into soups and whatnot. If you google "frozen tofu," I'm sure you'll find recipes.

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        1. re: platypus
          soupkitten Sep 27, 2007 03:38 PM

          yes-- freezing tofu dramatically affects the texture, and sometimes you want that, like when making tofu crumbles and for mock-meat techniques, but then again you might not want a totally different texture.

          everyone has given great tips--changing the water of an opened package each day can preserve your tofu up to a week, or you can cook it all up at once, eat some and use up the leftovers in other dishes.

          1. re: platypus
            Olivia Sep 28, 2007 01:08 PM

            One thing further to spongy, is that the softer the tofu, the spongier it is after thawing (firmer tofu doesn't change as radically in texture).

            And also, don't be weirded out when it turns yellow--I don't know why this happens, but frozen tofu is yellow.

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