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Tofu is a vegetarian protein substitute that can be firm in texture or creamy. Its health benefits are numerous, and the ways you can prepare it are innumerable.
You will need 1 package of medium to firm tofu ("soft" tends to fall apart). Shopping/Health Tips:
Be sure to check the expiry date. Tofu does expire - you'll know it's gone bad if there's a smell. Fresh tofu has virtually no smell.
Look for tofu that contains calcium for added health benefits.
It's always a good idea to buy organic if at all possible, as soy bean crops are heavily treated with pesticides
Storing Tip: Once opened, store any unused tofu in a covered container. Place tofu inside the container, then fill it with water (so that the water is covering the tofu). Cover tightly. Try to drain and replace the water on alternate days until eaten.
Drain the Tofu. Preparing to Press the Tofu. D.Schmidt
If you've bought pressed tofu, you can skip this step and the next. Otherwise, open the package and drain out all the water. Place the drained block of tofu in a flat-bottomed bowl
Cover with a Paper Towel + a Bowl Pressing the Tofu.
Cover the tofu with a paper towel (fold it into the size of your tofu). Then place a bowl or another heavy object on top.
After 5 to 10 minutes, remove the weight and throw away the wet paper towel. Drain off the water that has been pressed out of the tofu and lightly pat dry.
Cut the Tofu into Cubes.
Cutting the Tofu.
Place pressed tofu on a cutting board. Slice the block into approximately 1-inch cubes. Set aside.
Make a Flour and Sesame Seed Mixture.
For a light and crunchy batter, mix the following ingredients together in a bowl:
5 Tbsp sesame seeds
4 Tbsp cornstarch
4 Tbsp all-purpose flour, OR substitute rice flour for gluten-free diets
1/2 tsp salt
optional: 1/4 tsp white sugar (this helps eliminate any bitterness)
For this recipe, you will also need approximately 1 cup canola or other vegetable oil for frying.
Roll the Tofu Cubes in the Flour/Sesame Mixture.