What is Tofu?
So much talk about tofu with so little information being shared surrounding this delicious food. You may have seen it on your favorite restaurants’ menu or in your local supermarket, but what is tofu and what is it made out of? Well, wonder no more! Today we are going to cover all things, from where it comes from all the way to how to make tofu in your very own kitchen.
You will no longer be left confused whilst crossing paths with this mysterious food. Who knows, you may even give it a try after learning all you need to know. Let’s get started!
Let’s begin covering the basics before you get too in over your head. Let’s begin with answering the common question, “What is tofu made from?”. The answer is really quite simple. Tofu is a plant-based source of protein deriving from soybeans. How is tofu made? These beans go through somewhat of an in-depth process to eventually form what is essentially a block of protein.
These soybeans are dried out to be soaked in water, crushed and then boiled. Following this step, the mixture is then separated into solids and liquids, or bean pulp and soy milk. This is pretty cool if you ask me. Now that we have answered the popular question, we can now answer the question, “What does tofu taste like? This is another simple answer being it tastes like not too much. Tofu on its own has a very neutral flavor.
The neutrality of tofu’s flavour palette allows the tofu to take on whatever flavor you season it with. This is one of the reasons tofu can work in various dishes. The versatility of it is insane, keep reading to understand what I’m talking about when I say versatility!
How To Cook With Tofu
Now that we have the basic facts out of the way, let’s get into the various ways we are able to play with tofu in the kitchen. There are many ‘How to Make Tofu’ recipes circulating around the internet, so I will provide you with some tasty ideas to start you off on this new adventure.
Tofu is a magical food for vegans as it can be used as both a replacement for meat as well as eggs. One of my personal favorite ways to eat it is in a savory tofu scramble dish. Nothing tastes better on a cold Sunday morning than a warm bowl of scramble with sourdough toast smeared in vegan butter on the side. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Another way I love to eat it is diced into cubes and fried on the stove in any seasonings of your choice.
When you make your tofu this way it pairs perfectly with a large variety of dishes. My personal favorite seasonings to quickly fry my tofu up in is a mixture of soy sauce, maple syrup, freshly minced garlic, salt and pepper. This mixture creates the flavor explosion you have been longing for. The way the garlic and maple syrup caramelize together will blow your mind. The options to incorporate this dish into your favorite dishes are endless. It’s hard to go wrong with it.
So now you know how to make tofu, but why are we making it in the first place? As stated before, it is an amazing source of protein which can be beneficial for vegetarians and vegans alike. Tofu is also a great meat substitute or an alternative for those who are gluten-free. It is low in carbs and fat, but high in protein so there is really no going wrong with making this choice.
If you don’t fall under one of these categories of vegan or vegetarian, this doesn’t mean that you can’t give tofu a try. With our environment in a current state of crisis, it’s important we all begin to implement more and more plant-based foods into our lives. I say this to you because factory farms have been a large contributor to Global Warming for far too long. It’s time we all start making some changes in our lives to positively impact Mother Earth.
For example, why not try out ‘Meatless Mondays’ for a month? Who knows, maybe you will fall in love with tofu and make it a regular food on your grocery list. The popularity of tofu is rising at a rapid pace which means it is quite easy to find in almost any grocery store or supermarket. It can usually be found in the section of vegan goodies. If you are struggling to find it, don’t be scared to ask an employee. It’s bound to be around there somewhere.
Now You Know
There you have it, a crash course on all things tofu. In my opinion, this dish definitely lives up to all of the hype surrounding it. The next time you hear one of your friends ask, “What is it made of anyways?”, I am certain you are equipped with enough knowledge to answer their question. Hey, maybe the two of you can even discuss all things tofu while sharing a tofu filled meal.
Anyways, that’s all I have to share for now. I hope you venture out of your comfort zone and give this dish a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Best of luck on your cooking endeavours!
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