You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy the unique taste, texture and health benefits of tofu. In fact, going meat free one day a week is a huge trend in healthy eating. Using tofu as a substitute for meat is a great option. However, running to the store once a week for a fresh package of tofu can be a bit of a drag. Or maybe you over bought and have too much tofu on hand. Tofu typically has a relatively short expiration date so having a strategy for leftovers is a must.
Tofu comes in a variety of forms from silken to extra firm. This versatility allows tofu to be used in a wide range of recipes from soups to kebobs. Tofu is not only a complete dietary protein but also a great source of iron and calcium and several other essential nutrients. With all these amazing qualities, you may want to incorporate tofu into your diet more often than just once a week.
Can You Freeze Tofu?
Luckily, all forms of tofu can be frozen and the freezing process can actually improve the overall texture.
How To Freeze Tofu
To freeze tofu in the original unopened packaging, simply put it straight into the freezer. The tofu will be good for 3-5 months in the freezer.
To freeze opened tofu:
- Thoroughly drain the tofu.
- Cut the tofu into the size of pieces that you want to use in the future.
- Spread the pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze them solid.
- Package the frozen tofu pieces into freezer safe containers in quantities that you will use in future recipes.
The tofu will be good for 3-5 months in the freezer. Simply pull out the amount needed for your recipe and allow 2-3 hours to thaw. Then whip up a delicious and healthy recipe. No grocery store run required.