What is Silken Tofu?

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The best path to true weight loss focuses on eating real foods rather than the processed or fast foods that make up the majority of the American diet. Tofu is an excellent addition to a weight loss nutrition plan. Due to the versatility of ways it can be prepared, it is a good source of weight-friendly protein. While many people have at least heard of tofu, most are not that familiar with the food product and may not realize that there are multiple types available. In addition to regular tofu, there is silken tofu, which some people may find that they prefer due to a creamier consistency.

What is Silken Tofu?

Silken tofu is also called soft tofu, silk tofu or Japanese tofu. It has a smoother gelatinous appearance than regular tofu because curds are not allowed to form during processing like with regular tofu. Thus, silken tofu has a silkier appearance from whence it gets its name. This softer consistency makes it more likely to fall apart, so it should be handled carefully. Silken tofu comes in soft, firm and extra firm varieties, which are typically interchangeable in most recipes. Unlike regular tofu, which can be pressed, silken tofu shouldn’t be pressed due to the likelihood that it will fall apart.

Where can you find Silken Tofu?

Unlike regular tofu, silken tofu does not require refrigeration. Therefore, it is sometimes sold in a different section of the grocery store than regular tofu, which is typically located in the refrigerated section. Many consumers have suggested that Asian food markets are better for purchasing fresh tofu products.

Storing Silken Tofu
Because of its unique packaging, unopened silken tofu can be stored for up to a year in a cool, dark pantry. However, once it is opened, any excess that is not used must be submerged in a container of water and stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.


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