The Best Ways to Store Leftover Tofu

Tofu Basics

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

  • Good for: Up to 1 week

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

  • Good for: Up to 3 months

Frozen tofu can last for up to three months. Cut it into chunks and freeze on a parchment-lined tray until solid, then transfer to an airtight freezer container or bag. Defrost in the refrigerator and squeeze out any excess liquid before cooking.

Tofu that has been previously frozen will have a sturdier, spongier texture that some chefs actually prefer to fresh tofu.

(Image credits: Faith Durand)

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