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Storing Tofu and Nutrient Loss

While aseptically packaged tofu need not be refrigerated until it is opened, all other forms of tofu should be refrigerated in their container. Once the packages are open, all types should be rinsed well, kept in a container covered with water, and placed in the refrigerator. Tofu will dry up and lose its texture unless it’s kept in liquid. We definitely recommend draining it daily and surrounding it with fresh filtered water. There is some nutrient loss from this soaking, but it’s not enough to stop tofu from being a good source of vitamin B1. Changing the water daily will help keep the tofu fresh for up to one week.

Tofu can also be frozen in its original packaging and will keep this way for up to five months. This process will actually alter its texture and color, making it more spongy, absorbent, and yellow. This change in physical properties is actually very suitable for certain types of recipes.


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