Join our community of Solution Seekers!

An A to Z guide to choosing, storing, preparing, and cooking fresh produce and recipe ingredients.

  • How to Choose Tofu
    Tofu is made from soy milk in a manner similar to cheese. It is often sold in blocks packed in water; it should smell slightly sweet. For maximum freshness, be sure to check the expiration date. Tofu is available in different consistencies; your choice will depend on your taste and the purpose for which you’re buying it. Soft tofu is best for crumbling or adding to soups. Extra-firm and firm tofu have a chewy texture and hold together well for stir-frying, grilling, or cooking. Silken tofu has a smoother, creamier consistency that works well in desserts.

  • How to Store Tofu
    Refrigerate blocks sold in sealed containers in the original packaging and use by the expiration date. Aseptically sealed, vacuum-packed tofu can be kept at room temperature for up to 8 months. Some Asian markets sell tofu in bulk in large containers of water. At home, cover with fresh water, refrigerate, and use within a week.

  • How to Prepare Tofu
    Drain any water, then cut into cubes or strips or prepare as required by your recipe.

    —Melinda Page

    Real Simple Tofu Recipes:

    See all Tofu recipes »

  • How To: Drain and Press Tofu

    Here's an easy way to remove the excess moisture from tofu before using it in recipe.

     

    Get Adobe Flash player

What's your favorite tofu recipe?

View Earlier Comments

what's in season

Fruits and vegetables at their peak right now.

   
  • Arugula
  • Sweet corn
  • Fiddlehead Ferns
  • Tomatoes
  • Cherries
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini
  • Peaches
  • Cucumber
  • Blueberries
Advertisement
What's Fresh Near You

Find out what's in season in your area right now, then locate a farmers' market near you.

Computer desk
Say what you want about The Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman, but she got what she...
from The Nest Blog » house & home
Not a natural blonde or brunette? You might want to be more cautious about colo...
from FOXNews.com
Jennifer Serafini is the kind of go-getter we adore. At 27, Jennifer has already...
from POPSUGAR Home
It's all in the bread. Read more: Tomato , Tomato Recipes ...
from Tastepartner on The Huffington Post
...
from HuffPost Home - The Huffington Post
This week on Houzz, we looked up — to specially treated ceilings and mezzanines...
from Houzz