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Is my tofu still good?

Bada Bing May 27, 2010 11:59 AM

If tofu smells fine, is it okay 5 days after opening, but sealed in its original fluid in a ziplock bag? It's labeled as "firm" but is basically like jello consistency.

I bought it from a local Asian grocery, so it was fresh to start with. I made a couple of recipes that have called for tofu this week but still have almost half of it left. I changed the water just now for the first time, and it smells the same as ever...

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: Bada Bing May 27, 2010 01:04 PM

    well, you're *supposed* to change the water daily and use it within 5-7 days, but since it passed the smell test, you should be okay. just use it immediately if you can, and i'd suggest cooking it well.

    for future reference, if you drain well and store in an airtight container or tightly sealed bag, the stuff lasts pretty much forever in the freezer.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
      ricepad RE: goodhealthgourmet May 27, 2010 01:15 PM

      It may last forever in the freezer, but its texture will change dramatically. Neither better nor worse, just different.

    2. Jennalynn RE: Bada Bing May 27, 2010 01:13 PM

      It's fine.

      1. John E. RE: Bada Bing May 27, 2010 01:19 PM

        Ok, the last time I made a comment about some else's ingredient I got clobbered so I'll tread lightly here. When I saw your question "Is my tofu still good?", I had a difficult time formulating and answer because it's such a loaded question. It's almost a philisophical question without an answer. How does one determine whether or not tofu is good?

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          Bada Bing RE: John E. May 27, 2010 01:31 PM

          My question exactly, And in fact, I earned my undergraduate major in philosophy. Seems that the major has practical, culinary aspects all these years later...

          Anyway, thanks all for the comments. This all means that tofu will in fact start to smell bad at some point not so very long after opening? Sour? Acidy?

          1. re: Bada Bing
            ricepad RE: Bada Bing May 27, 2010 01:42 PM

            Yes, it'll start smelling sour, and it'll taste kind of tangy.

            1. re: ricepad
              ikb RE: ricepad May 28, 2010 01:33 AM

              until the tofu is truly stinky, it won't be any "good"


              1. re: ikb
                Bada Bing RE: ikb May 28, 2010 03:30 AM

                That's a hilarious review. Thanks!

          2. re: John E.
            Indirect Heat RE: John E. May 27, 2010 05:31 PM

            While we're asking those philosophical questions, could we go so far as to ask, "Is tofu *ever* good?" Sorry, I had to ask. ;)

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