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Tofu 101

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6/29/2012 1:50:21 AM

1thirty3 is correct - tofu has its own flavor. It tastes like a very mild bean, and the flavor comes out when it's warm. It takes a lot of time to acquire this taste, but it's worth it. You can learn this flavor by adding cubes of soft or medium tofu to broths, or scrambled with eggs. It's just a little bit like cottage cheese or paneer (Indian fresh cheese) or Mexican fresh cheese. The difference is that it tastes like beans, not like milk.

The texture takes some getting used to as well. The soft or silken type are a soft custard. Eaten Japanese style, with chopped green onion and soy sauce, some of the flavor comes out. If you go with a milder sauce or dressing you like (something savory or sweet), you can really develop a feel for it.

When you develop the ability to taste the tofu, the differences between types and brands will jump out at you.
5/25/2012 8:03:59 PM

MYSTIBLU's SparkPage
Thank you for the great information about tofu... I needed it! I learned a lot and shared it with my husband who likes to cook! I like tofu and soy products in different ways and don't eat enough to harm my thyroid or hormones. It's something I like, but don't eat everyday. Thanks again!
Peace, Mysti~
5/18/2012 9:50:55 PM

CORALINE01's SparkPage
whatever! anything is bad for you if not enjoyed in moderation. even fruit and vegetables can be bad for you. every side has their own opinions and each side will change the facts in their favor. meat is bad , tofu is bad. what should i eat!!!!!!!!!!!
10/19/2011 9:20:17 AM

SAMMIESMOM13's SparkPage
Here's an article I suggest you read also before going "too tofu"...
9/28/2011 12:32:32 PM

What I'm not understanding is whether or not the tofu is actually a "fermented" process. If it is, it should be okay for me. But since I'm already very heavy, I've noticed over the years that many soy products do not agree with me. Soy has phytoestrogen receptors, and being fat already is too much estrogen of my own. So I started having periomenopause long before it was really "necessary" and my periods straightened up and became more regular when I stopped the straight soy, including tofu. Tofu tastes fine, especially when it absorbs the flavors of whatever sauce, marinade, etc. but I can't always tell that any given tofu has actually been fermented. (Evidently the fermentation process does something to make the estrogen-like receptors less likely to bond with the body's receptors?? something... they didn't teach me this 30 years ago in Home Ec!).
9/8/2011 7:58:46 AM

1THIRTY3's SparkPage
I hate the old "tofu takes on the taste of whatever you want it to!" No, tofu tastes like tofu just like chicken tastes like chicken. You still want to dress it, but its not a flavorless sponge! Prepared correctly you should taste the tofu! Tofu tastes great.
7/21/2011 7:42:34 PM

GRANNY2401's SparkPage
I have been eating tofu for a long time. I have lots of recipes. I think the key to enjoying it is to marinate it so it has a "taste." You pick the marinade. It's one of my "staples". Makes a good filler for bean burritos....breakfast wraps.....try it.
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..

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