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Legumes

Can you freeze tofu?

Can you freeze tofu? Tofu is a food made from soy milk and it’s often used in many Asian cuisines. There are many varieties of this dairy-free food, but they have one thing in common – they go bad pretty quickly. Because of that, one might wonder if freezing tofu to preserve it for later is possible and if it actually makes sense. Fortunately enough, you can freeze your leftover tofu and it’s not difficult to freeze and thaw it with satisfactory results.

How to freeze tofu

Drain the tofu

You should remember that only pretty dry and firm tofu freezes well. Because of that, if your tofu is soft and tender, you need to drain it beforehand. You can do that easily using paper towels. Just unwrap it from its original packaging, an place on a plate (or a cookie sheet) covered with a few layers of paper towels. Once the tofu is on the paper towels, cover it with a paper towel and push it a little. You can even put something on it to provide constant pressure on the tofu. Leave the tofu that way for some time so it’ll dry out. If the paper towels under the tofu are soaked, discard them and place there new ones.

Of course if you wish to, you can freeze tofu in its original packaging as long as you won’t open it before freezing. Keep in mind that freezing tofu this way will result in softer texture and consistency of the product after thawing. Some people like it, others not so much. It’s a matter of personal preferences really. Bear in mind that some ice is going to form inside the package because of the moisture inside. If you decide to freeze tofu without any preparation, just put the package into the freezer and you’re done.

 

Tofu
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Packaging tofu and putting it into the freezer

When it comes to packaging tofu, you’ve got a few options. Firstly, you might want to freeze it all in one piece. Just wrap it tightly with cellophane foil or put into a freezer bag. If you want to freeze it for an extended period of time (like a few months), I suggest wrapping it tightly and then placing inside a freezer bag. Before sealing the bag remember to remove all air from it.

If you want to, you might cut tofu into smaller portions before freezing. After cutting you can freeze each part individually (package it as described in the previous section) or wrap each part with foil and put a few portions in one freezer bag. Whichever way works best for you.

There is also a third possibility. Cut tofu into small cubes, place them (in a way that they won’t touch each other) on a cooking sheet or a tray and put into the freezer. Once the cubes are frozen, transfer them into a freezer bag. They’re ready to be frozen for the long term. This way you can easily scoop some tofu from the package as you need it.

 

Tips and additional information about freezing tofu

Remember that tofu darkens a little once frozen, the exact shade depends on how long the product is stored in the freezer. Another thing to keep in mind is that thawed tofu is pretty chunky (depends of how moist it were when put into the freezer). It won’t work well in dishes where its chunky texture is undesirable.

Before putting the package into the freezer remember to date and label it. For best quality, tofu shouldn’t be frozen for more than 5, maybe 6 months. Thawing tofu is easy – just put it into the fridge overnight. If it’s too watery after thawing, just squeeze it over a sink to remove the excess water. If your tofu pieces are of eligible size for the dish you’re cooking, you can directly add frozen tofu (if it’s been drained before freezing, otherwise it might add too muchwater to your dish once thawed) intothe dish.

Summary
As you can see, freezing tofu is pretty straightforward and many people freeze it with satisfactory results.

Beverages

Can you freeze soy milk?

Can you freeze soy milk? If you would like to know whether soy milk can be frozen or not, this article will give you the answers you need. Many people drink soy milk, some of them very often. What should you do if you’ve got some leftovers of soy milk and you can’t really find a way to use them within a couple of days? What should you do when you’ve got a few unopened cartons of soy milk in the fridge and you need to leave your home for a couple of months or more? There are at least two solutions to the mentioned issues. The first one is obvious – throw away the soy milk, you can always buy another carton when you’ll be in need of soy milk. The second one is equally obvious – freeze the soy milk. The answer to the question of whether soy milk can be frozen is affirmative – you can freeze soy milk. There are, however, a few things about the process of freezing soy milk that you should be aware of.

When you should consider freezing soy milk?

The thing is – freezing soy milk isn’t beneficial to this liquid. I’ll discuss that issue in more detail later. Because of that, you should consider freezing this non-dairy milk only when you have no other option. I assume that throwing the milk away isn’t an option and you would like to drink your milk somewhere in the future.

A glass of soy milk
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So, when you should consider freezing this soy beverage? Freezing soy milk is a good idea when it’s close to the expiration date and you can’t find a way to utilise this lactose-free drink. Please bear in mind that unopened shelf stable soy milk stored in the pantry should be fine for about a year. If the package is already opened, the drink should be fine for about two weeks, maybe a little more, when stored in the refrigerator. Therefore, check the expiration date before putting the package into the freezer. If you buy soy milk in bulk and you’re aware of the fact that you won’t be able to drink all the milk before the expiration date, freezing some of it is a good idea.

Useful information about freezing soy milk

If you need to freeze this dairy-free beverage, there are some things that you need to know. In the previous paragraph I’ve mentioned that freezing isn’t very beneficial to soy milk. If fact, most soy milk producers state that freezing their products isn’t recommended. They say that soy milk often loses its texture and some of its flavor. Because of that, after freezing and thawing, consumers don’t find this soy beverage as tasty as it was before freezing.

There are some issues that you want to consider while freezing soy milk. Size of the soy milk’s package is the first one. The package should be noticeable larger than the volume of the beverage. Soy milk consists mostly of water and, as we all know, water changes its capacity while freezing. Because of that, the liquid should have some space to grow inside the container. Otherwise soy milk might destroy the container and spill in the freezer. You should consider storing the soy milk in an airtight container – this way your lactose-free drink won’t absorb any odors from the freezer. If you need to unfreeze your soy milk, you should thaw it in the fridge. After that, it needs to be shaken, stirred or mixed because water will be separated from other contents of the liquid. There is one more thing that you should bear in mind – try not to keep soy milk in the freezer for a prolonged time (like more than a few months past the expiration date). It might end up being spoiled after thawing.

Summary

Soy milk is one of the commonly used milk alternatives. Many people prefer to drink it simply because it’s a dairy-free and lactose-free drink. If you can’t utilise your soy beverage, you can freeze it freely. Please bear in mind that you can freeze soy milk, but it’s not recommended to do so. Do it only if you have to.