How to Properly Store Tofu in the Refrigerator

The Importance of Proper Tofu Storage

If you’re a fan of tofu, then you know that this versatile food item can be used in countless ways. Whether you like to add it to soups and stir-fries or use it as a meat substitute in your favorite recipes, tofu is an ingredient that many people rely on. However, if you don’t store your tofu properly, it can quickly spoil and become unsafe to eat.

In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the importance of proper tofu storage and share some tips for keeping your tofu fresh for longer.

Understanding Tofu Shelf Life

Before we dive into how to store tofu in the fridge, let’s first talk about its shelf life. The average block of tofu has a relatively short lifespan – usually around 3-5 days once opened. This is because once exposed to air, the moisture content inside the block begins to evaporate, making it dry out faster.

That’s why understanding how long your specific brand or type of tofu will last is essential – so that you can plan when best to use it up before spoilage sets in.

Storing Unopened Tofu Packages

Accordingly unopened packages come vacuum-sealed which keeps them fresher for more extended periods than opened ones do. Keep them refrigerated till their expiration date which would typically range from three months after production but varies depending on the manufacturer!

How To Store Opened/Used Blocks Of Tofu In Refrigerator?

Once you’ve opened an package – here are some easy steps on storing used blocks:

  1. Rinse off any remaining liquid.
  2. Dry with paper towels gently absorbing any excess water so they won’t release extra moisture while stored.
  3. Wrap tofu in a clean tea towel or paper towels, then place it in the fridge.

Additionally, you can keep your wrapped tofu stored within an airtight container or zip-lock bag to help preserve its freshness.

Marinating Tofu

If you’re marinating your tofu before storing, ensure that the marinade thoroughly covers all parts of the block and comes into contact with every nook and cranny. This ensures even flavor throughout when serving!
Once done marinating, wrap them using layers of kitchen paper instead of cloth-based materials as these tend to absorb excess moisture from being soaked up by cloths.

Tips on Using Your Tofu Before It Expires

It’s always best to consume your tofu as soon as possible after purchasing or opening it. However, if you find yourself with more than what you need at one time — here are some creative uses for leftover tofu:

  • Add diced cubes onto salads.
  • Crumble over avocado toast for breakfast!
  • Mash into dips such as hummus or guacamole for an added protein boost.
  • Fry them and use them as a burger patty replacement!

In Conclusion:

Tofu is undoubtedly one of our favorite vegan sources of protein which makes proper storage vital so we don’t waste any money (or food). Make sure to store opened packages carefully in the refrigerator while keeping track of its expiration date- remember “first-in-first-out” method helps avoid any wastage! Enjoy trying out new recipes while utilizing this delicious ingredient!

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