Freezing Tofu: Did You Know?

17 Mar
Frozen & Fresh Tofu

Frozen (left) and fresh (right) tofu

Did you know that you can freeze tofu?

When tofu is frozen, ice crystals form which create air pockets when thawed. Partly due to this, frozen tofu has various benefits:

  • Longer shelf life
    Tofu can be stored in your freezer for up to 5 months.
  • Shorter bake time
    Due to the air pockets in thawed tofu, it takes less time to bake.
  • Better absorption
    Thawed tofu is spongy so it more readily absorbs marinades and sauces.
  • Chewy texture
    After being frozen, tofu has more of a chewy texture, much more appropriate for those recipes being made to imitate meat.

Ready to make some kickass tofu? Try my tofaken recipe. If using frozen tofu, simply reduce the cooking time to 60-75 minutes, depending on your preferred level of crispness.

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2 Responses to “Freezing Tofu: Did You Know?”

  1. Lissa March 18, 2013 at 3:24 am #

    I forget that tofu is freezable! Do you press it before freezing, or just throw the block of tofu in the freezer as it is?

    • megmeister March 18, 2013 at 10:16 am #

      Hi Lissa,

      I put the whole block of tofu in the freezer as is. Once it freezes completely, I thaw it, then press it.

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