This collection of 17 recipes using silken tofu has delicious sweet and savoury ideas, so there is something for everyone!
Tofu is a great source of protein, iron, and calcium, making it a popular choice for vegetarians and vegans. It is also low in calories and cholesterol-free, making it a healthy alternative to meat.
There are many different types of tofu, which all lend their hand to a variety of recipes, both sweet and savoury.
It is such an underrated ingredient and I’m sure once you have tried it you will totally agree!
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🧐 What Is Tofu Made From?
Tofu, also known as bean curd is a popular plant-based protein option that is eaten all over the world, but is extremely popular in East Asia.
The main difference between silken and firm tofu is the way they are made. Silken tofu is made using coagulants that are added to soy milk, which causes it to solidify. The coagulation process is stopped before the curds and whey separate, resulting in a smooth and creamy tofu. Sounds complicated doesn't it!
Firm tofu, on the other hand, is made by pressing the curds and whey together to remove excess liquid, resulting in a firmer and denser tofu, much like how you make traditional cheese!
⚡ What Are The Different Types Of Tofu?
You may just think that tofu is tofu right? There are 4 different types of tofu that you will regularly find in stores.
They are all made from soy beans but the difference lies in the water content. The more water in the tofu the “softer it is” where as the more water taken out will result in a “firmer” tofu.
Here I will walk you through the main types and dishes they are commonly used for.
This is the softest tofu of them all and has the highest water content. It has a soft and creamy texture which will fall apart in your hands if you pick it up. It’s great raw and is most commonly used in smoothies, soups, desserts like cheesecakes & dips.
This type of tofu is firmer than silken, yet softer than firm, sitting in the middle of the two, so is called regular. Because it is still fairly soft, it will break up if handled vigorously, so is often used in stews or soups as well as making “tofu scramble” which is a popular vegan version of scrambled eggs.
This is the most common and popular type of tofu and is really versatile. It has quite a firm texture and can be handled easily. It is great for stir-frying, grilling and marinating.
This is the most dense and is great for cutting in cubes and using instead of a meat protein, as it holds it’s shape really well.
🌱 Nutritional Benefits Of Silken Tofu
One of the most notable nutritional benefits is its high protein content. It contains all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein source. This makes it a great option for vegetarians and vegans who may struggle to get enough protein in their diets. A 100-gram serving of silken tofu contains around 8 grams of protein, which is around 15% of the daily recommended intake for an average adult.
Silken tofu is also a good source of calcium, iron, and other essential nutrients. Calcium is essential for maintaining strong bones and teeth, and silken tofu contains around 150 mg of calcium per 100 grams, which is around 15% of the daily recommended intake for an adult. Iron is important for the production of red blood cells and silken tofu contains around 1.5 mg of iron per 100 grams.
In addition to its high protein and mineral content, silken tofu is also low in calories, fat, and cholesterol. It is a healthy and nutritious alternative to high-fat and high-calorie dairy products. It is also gluten-free and vegan-friendly, making it a popular choice among those following those diets.
🍬 Sweet Silken Tofu Recipes
🥧 Savoury Silken Tofu Recipes
💬 Tofu FAQ
Yes, silken tofu can be used in a variety of dishes, including savoury dishes. It can be blended into sauces and soups to add creaminess, or used as a substitute for dairy products in recipes. It is also used in many traditional Japanese dishes such as tofu miso soup, or as a topping in soba noodles.
Silken tofu is usually sold in aseptic packages, which are designed to keep the tofu fresh without refrigeration for several months. Once the package is opened, however, it should be refrigerated. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. When purchasing silken tofu, look for a package that is free from any signs of spoilage, such as discolouration, mould or bad smell. When storing silken tofu in the fridge, it is important to keep it in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out or absorbing any unwanted odours. It can also be wrapped in plastic wrap or aluminium foil to keep it fresh.
Yes, silken tofu can be frozen for longer storage. To freeze silken tofu, it is best to first drain off any excess water by wrapping it in paper towels or a clean kitchen cloth, and then placing it in a sealed plastic bag or container. Silken tofu can be stored in the freezer for up to six months. When using frozen silken tofu, it is important to thaw it in the fridge overnight or by placing it in a bowl of cold water. Once defrosted, it should be used within one day.
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