How to Make Tofu Appetizing
Whether you’re trying to lose weight or you’re working to maintain weight loss, tofu can be an excellent addition to your diet. Made primarily from soybeans, a coagulant and some water, tofu is very low in fat, cholesterol-free and high in protein. It offers an inexpensive way to boost your protein intake, it’s lower in fat than meat, and it’s easy to find tofu at your local grocery store.
While tofu offers many benefits, it often gets a bad rap because many people don’t know how to prepare it correctly. Failure to prepare tofu correctly can leave you with a nasty texture that doesn’t look appetizing. Here are a few tips you can use to make tofu more appetizing.
Purchase Quality, Fresh Tofu
Start by choosing high quality, fresh tofu. Fresh tofu is more appetizing, so check out the date on the package. Purchase well before the "best by" date and use the tofu quickly for the best taste.
Choose the Right Tofu
It’s also important to choose the right tofu for the recipe you’re using. You can find firm, extra-firm, and silken tofu. The most common form of tofu is firm tofu. It’s great for crumbling for a ground beef-like texture, it’s great cubed in salads, or you can pan-fry it for a crispy exterior. Extra firm tofu is great as a meat substitute and works well in curries, sandwiches, and pastas. Silken tofu has the consistency of a heavy cream and works well as a diary alternative and as a base for spreads or dips.
Press Your Tofu
Another way to make your tofu more appetizing is to press your tofu before using it. Take a block of tofu, cut it into several slices and spread them out on a paper towel covered plate. Add a couple more layers of paper towels and top with a plate. Place something heavy on top to put pressure on the tofu. The paper towels will absorb most of the moisture, offering you an improved texture.
Tofu has such a mild flavor that it is extremely versatile. Tempt your taste buds by adding your favorite flavors. You can marinate your tofu in your favorite seasonings, top with a delicious sauce, or add tasty spices and herbs to boost the eating experience.
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