How To Make Tofu: So that it doesn’t taste like rubbery nothing

Tofu! I actually enjoy eating tofu, but to many people it is really creepy, blobbery stuff that they would rather avoid. If made correctly, tofu can be a delicious source of protein for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. I did get my boyfriend hooked on the stuff (so much so that when I was away for a weekend it was all he ate…even I think that’s disgusting). This recipe is a simple, quick way to make a base tofu that can them be used in all sorts of dishes, on top of salads, or as a dish itself. Now everyone always says that tofu just tastes like whatever you season it with, which is true! But I think the texture also sends some people scurrying away. Of course, you can deep fry the cubes and it will taste good, because anything deep fried tastes good. We’re trying to keep it healthy, so this recipe still gives you a crisp exterior and delicious tasting tofu without submerging it in an inch of boiling oil. Gross tofu
Tofu might be the most attractive thing to photograph, ever.

Step 1:

Buy the tofu. Select organic and extra-firm varieties.tofu

I like Wegmans brand. Make sure you choose organic when buying soy products. Soy beans are one of the top genetically-modified organisms (GMO) in the United States. In fact it might be up to 85% of the soybean crop in the United States is GMO. Buying organic is the only way to ensure you are not buying anything genetically modified, since there are no labeling requirements in most of the U.S.

Step 2:

Drain very well and pat with a paper towel or clean dish towel.

Step 3:

Microwave for 2-3 minutes. Take the tofu out of the microwave, careful it will be scalding hot! Wait until it cools a bit and pat again with the towel. There might be some liquid on the plate or bowl, so be careful not to spill it down your arm and burn yourself, that’s not so fun.

Step 4: Chop it into bite size chunks.
Building blocksFood or weird, chalk-like, children’s building blocks??

Step 4:

Heat a frying pan. Pour 2 Tablespoons of olive oil into the heated pan. Pan fry 1 Tablespoon of very thinly chopped onions, or a Tablespoon of dried onions. Add the tofu carefully and swoosh it around in the pan for 20 minutes. Yea I know, 20 minutes is kind of a long time. You don’t have to be swooshing that whole time, just make sure that the tofu bits don’t burn on any side and cook semi-evenly.Yummy Tofu

Step 5:

After the tofu looks browned and a bit crispy turn the heat off. Add a dash of garlic powder, salt, pepper, and any fresh herbs you would like. I usually add 2-3 Tablespoons of chives.

That’s it! Let it cool and your ready to add it to any dish. I love it in fried rice, on top of salads, or dipped in my favorite condiment-aka buffalo sauce.Tofu salad

Happy Friday, Have a fantastic weekend! What is one food you just can’t stand the texture of, even if the flavor isn’t all that bad?

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