Thawed Tofu

by Penny Alba


The Soy Foods Organization notes that tofu should be treated as a perishable dairy product and should last for a week. But if not used during this period, it can be safely frozen. They suggest draining excess water and packing it well before freezing. The package must also contain the contact details of the manufacturer.

How long is tofu good after defrosting?

Once you have thawed the tofu, it is not a good idea to refreeze it, as it will be exposed to oxygen, water, heat and sunlight which can change its consistency and affect its freshness. If the tofu is already opened and placed in the refrigerator, it can only last 3-5 days.

What happens when you freeze and thaw tofu?

Tofu is approximately 86% water; as it freezes, the ice crystals expand, separating the protein network. Once thawed, the water drains away, leaving the tofu with a very absorbent, fluffy consistency. We experimented with freezing tofu in the test kitchen and were very happy with the results.

How is defrosted tofu stored?

It’s easy to store leftover tofu that has been removed from its original packaging. Simply store the tofu in a container filled with cold, clean water in the refrigerator. Cook and consume leftover tofu within two to three days, but change the water in the container daily to preserve the freshness of the tofu.

How do you know if the tofu has gone bad?

Spoiled tofu will turn from that characteristic creamy white color to tan or brown, TofuBud says, and might even show visible mold growths. Additionally, while fresh tofu doesn’t actually have a detectable scent, bad tofu will develop a sour, pungent smell. Also be on the lookout for an inflated package.

How long is tofu good in the fridge?

about 5 days
Fresh tofu usually does not have an expiration date.

Most fresh tofu will keep in water in an airtight container for about 5 days in the refrigerator.

Why does tofu say it’s not suitable for freezing?

Frozen tofu causes the water trapped in the tofu to expand, which enlarges these pores. Once you thaw frozen tofu, you end up with a thicker tofu texture that has bigger holes in it (it’s like cheddar turning into Swiss cheese).

Why can’t you freeze tofu?

Freezing tofu not only extends its shelf life, but also gives it a chewy, meaty texture. Use firm, extra firm, or super firm tofu, as silken soft tofu is too delicate for the freezer. For best results, drain and cut tofu before freezing and thawing in the refrigerator or microwave.

Can I squeeze the tofu and put it back in the fridge?

Once tofu is pressed, the lack of liquid makes it more vulnerable to oxygen, so it’s essential to store it in an airtight container and use it while it’s still good. Pressed tofu can be stored in the fridge or freezer.

Can you get sick from eating bad tofu?

Yes, tofu can reach its expiration date and therefore spoil. Once you have done this, it is not recommended to consume tofu, as it can cause discomfort and symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.


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