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Mar 10, 2014 09:07 AM

Kneaded Tofu

Google isn't helping me out, so I figured I would seek chowhound

So I absolutely love the texture of the firm tofu from wegman's vegetarian prepared food bar. It's chewy, firm and slightly puffy (probably from roasting at a high heat).

I know that they use the tofu from this link:

If you read the description, it says that it's "kneaded to create its firmer texture"

How does one hand knead tofu? I'd like to find a cheaper or home made alternative seeing as how I spend $3.99 for 16 oz of what is essentially very, very, firm tofu.

If you were wondering, extra firm tofu does NOT have the same consistency.

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  1. I don't know about kneading but freezing tofu yields a nice changewhich some describe as meaty.

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    1. re: magiesmom

      This is true and sometimes I will freeze tofu, but the texture is a little bit different. I was just curious about how one would knead tofu.

      1. I doubt its 'kneaded'. I picture maybe a block of tofu is pressed between a board and tray and pressed down evenly a few times sort of giving it a 'kneaded' effect?

        1. I could be wrong but maybe they are simply referring to the kneading step in tofu making?
          see here for example:

          If there is a way to hand knead tofu I'd love to know, sounds like an interesting texture

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          1. re: ishungry

            That's the best i can figure as well, the finished tofu is clearly a pressed and baked tofu...

          2. This sounds nearly identical to my favorite wildwoods tofu- its basically extra firm tofu that they press the bajeezus out of before marinating and baking. The trick is to set up something so the tofu does not sit in its own liquid as its pressed, and to use crazy heavy items to weight it down.

            This tofu from trader joes is a similar texture, you would still need to dry very well then marinate and bake but there is no way to press anything out of this

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            1. re: Ttrockwood

              Great suggestion, thank you! Do you know how much that tofu at trader joe's costs? It could be a nice cheaper alternative.

              I should also add that this tofu puffed up considerably when I baked it. It more than doubled in size when I baked it at a high heat. As soon as it was out of the oven for 5-10 seconds it immediately deflated.

              1. re: bitsubeats

                The TJs tofu is $2.50 a block. I actually haven't tried baking it at a high heat yet, usually i use it for a stir fry or eggless salad or baked at 350 or so. I actually buy the Soy Vay marinade at TJs and use that the most on my tofu.
                Let us know if that works for you!