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Tofu 101

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4/2/2011 11:25:32 PM

TWANNAGC's SparkPage
Thanks for the suggestions on how to use tofu. I like it and want to prepare it so that my kids will eat it.
4/2/2011 7:38:33 AM

For whatever it is worth, before eating any soy, I recommend reading these articles: (64 articles explaining the dangers of soy)

3/18/2011 9:17:48 AM

CRYSMYS's SparkPage
This was helpful. I've been using silken tofu in smoothies for years.. think now I'll try to branch out and try a firm variety in a main meal..
1/30/2011 5:47:36 PM

SHEABUTTA1's SparkPage
Tofu is delicious
1/21/2011 2:07:28 PM

BIGTOSS03's SparkPage
Thanks for the explanation on tofu. I have friends who swear by it. I have tried it but can't say that it is something that will become a staple item.
1/21/2011 8:07:45 AM

I love Tofu!!! I put it on my salads, stir fried on top of rice, in soups, etc. YUMMY!
1/15/2011 7:44:22 PM

Soy is great for men and women. The cases where soy protein has caused some problems in males were cases in which the men had consumed large quantities of soy products continuously for years. Moderation is key. ANYTHING we put into our bodies should be in moderation. Even too much water can kill us... Tofu and soy products are actually excellent for our bodies!
9/19/2010 3:01:21 PM

I drank soy milk and ate tofu until i heard about the negative effects of estrogen on men..
8/30/2010 11:55:07 AM

Soy has been proven to damage the thyroid....just to warn you
3/23/2010 11:38:43 AM

KELLYER's SparkPage
I have grown soybeans in the garden and after reading this article, I now know what I can do with the leftover beans that I don't finish eating out of the pod!!!! I can make my own tofu and have it last longer too.
3/18/2010 11:26:11 AM

MOCOLOCO's SparkPage
I LOVE TOFU!!! Maybe it's because I'm asian, but I think Asians know how to prepare all tofu/soy products to make it very flavorful and great to eat in lieu of meat.
3/2/2010 11:46:20 AM

ERICA_NICOLE83's SparkPage
I have had it before and it really is not honestly taste like scrambbled egs with no salt or pepper
2/11/2010 8:39:13 PM

RMPOKRZY's SparkPage
sometimes I actually crave tofu straight from the box. I've prepared it by the freeze-thaw method, baking, etc and love each way. MMMMM!
2/11/2010 12:51:59 PM

JMFOGARTY11's SparkPage
Well, I've had it before. Once not knowing...friends ordered Chinese takeout and I had the Lemon "Chicken"...could have sworn it was chicken...but it was made out of tofu as it was a vegetarian restaurant...wish I knew how they did it, it was amazing! I've had a couple other things unknowingly made with tofu & not bad...not sure I could do as well...anyone know good recipes, I mean tried and true that you have had....???
11/8/2009 9:34:13 PM

First of all, before you cook tofu, it's important to know some things about it. If you're looking for it as a meat substitute, you probably would like to have the extra firm, but that's usually not all it takes to take on that meaty kind of texture. I have a few suggestions..

The first is, freeze it. This makes it a lot firmer, once it's thawed. When it is thawed, slice it into 1/4 inch thick slices and set on several paper towels or a clean cloth. Put another cloth over the top and then find a nice cutting board to put over that..and find a heavy weight. Tomato cans will do. A skillet. Press the water out of it, for at least 1/2 an hour. It retains a LOT of water.

Finally, dry fry it in a non stick cooking pan. Resist any temptation to put oil in it. Just keep shaking the pan so it doesn't stick. Fry it till it's nice and golden brown on one side, than flip and repeat the process. NOW when you decide to add sauces or marinade, the tofu BECOMES the sauce. And the texture is wonderful.

I've been a veggie for 10+ years, and have learned a lot of things. Feel free to comment. Next lesson, Seitan???

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