How often do you pull out a block of leftover tofu, only to discover that it has gone bad? We have two storage methods for you: one that will keep tofu fresh for a few days and the other for months. They'll work with both firm and silken styles of tofu. Method 1: Refrigerator
If you're going to eat the tofu within a week, you can refrigerate it. Cover the tofu with cool – preferably filtered – water and store it in a tightly sealed container or the tub it came in covered with plastic wrap. Change the water daily to keep the tofu moist and fresh.
Method 2: Freezer Frozen tofu can last for up to three months. Cut it into chunks and freeze on a parchment-lined tray, then transfer to an airtight freezer container or bag. Defrost in the refrigerator and squeeze out any excess liquid before cooking. It will have a sturdier, spongier texture that some chefs actually prefer to fresh tofu.
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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