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    Updated on 15 Jun 2019. Posted on 9 Jul 2018

    This Is For Everyone Who Has No Idea How To Cook Tofu

    Welcome to Tofu 101.

    Tofu is one of those foods which can be kind of confusing, unless you know how to cook it.

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    Before I learned how to actually use it in recipes, I was too scared to cook with it. Do I use it like meat? Cheese? Eggs? No idea. But it turns out that tofu is hella easy to cook once you know what you're doing.

    First off, wtf even is tofu?

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    It's made in a similar way to cheese – milk is extracted from solid soybeans. It's heated and separated into curds and whey, then the curds are drained and pressed into a firm block: tofu!

    The more the tofu is pressed, the firmer it is.

    Usually in grocery stores, you'll be able to find firm or hard tofu, and silken or soft tofu.

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    Firm tofu can be cut into blocks or squares, while silken tofu is more runny. It can be used in baking, smoothies, pasta sauces, and salad dressings.

    You can also sometimes find pre-baked marinated tofu, which doesn't require any prep and can be eaten straight from the pack.

    First up: Let's talk firm tofu.

    Tofu is like a sponge: By letting the excess moisture soak out, you're making it way more ready to absorb the flavours you're cooking with.

    Ok... then what?

    And what should I eat it with?

    And how about silken tofu?

    Because it's so runny, you wouldn't be able to use chunks of soft or silken tofu in a dish like stir-fry or noodles.

    Once you start getting comfortable with simple things like stir-frys, you can start branching out into the more ~deluxe~ tofu meals.

    And that's it!

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    As long as you remember to press firm tofu before you marinate and cook it, you'll be FINE.

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