What is Tofu?

So, what exactly is tofu? We know that uncooked it looks like a soft, white block.

Tofu is made from soybeans that have been soaked, ground and boiled. The liquid is drained to remove the pulp and a natural coagulent is added to make it firm.

When you go to the store, you will see different types of tofu, among them are...

Regular Tofu

This tofu is packaged in water and kept refrigerated at all times. Regular tofu is available in three densities: extra-firm, firm and soft.

In general extra firm or firm (regular) tofu is good for sauteeing, stir-grying and pan-frying because it's sturdy enough to maintain its shape while cooking. Try this Barbecue Tofu Sandwich recipe.

Soft (regular) tofu works better in creamy recipes that call for pureeing or blending, like cheesecake and dips.

Keep in mind that if a recipe calls for firm tofu, it will not work if you use soft tofu instead. They are not interchangeable in recipes.

Silken Tofu

Silken tofu can be found packaged in water or in 12-ounce cardboard boxes. It is soft and creamy and really good for foods like smoothies, puddings, sauces and other desserts.

It also comes in three densities: extra firm, firm and soft. However, the variation between the densities is not as great as those between regular tofu.

Try out this Fruity Tofu Parfait with Granola recipe.