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#1 Old 03-12-2009, 04:22 PM
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Can you pan fry frozen tofu or do you have to thaw it out first?
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#2 Old 03-12-2009, 04:35 PM
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Back when I ate tofu, I thawed mine first. Frozen foods usually have a lot of liquid. If you are short on time, you can steam it first then squeeze out all the water.
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I've always thawed it. I'd think it'd be incredibly watery also if it were to remain frozen while frying.
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I defrost mine in the microwave on 50% power then squeeze out the moisture.

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A restaurant I go to freeze their tofu to prevent it from spoiling. When someone orders a stir-fry with tofu, they put the frozen tofu in a little bowl and pour hot water on it from their coffee machine.
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thaw, squeeze out excess water, then fry!
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Can you pan fry frozen tofu or do you have to thaw it out first?



I try to defrost mine at least 50% if possible. It is not optimum but it works okay in a pinch.
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Thaw first, if you're cooking it with say, vegetables, it will leave a lot of water in the pan, making your veggies soggy. Bleh.
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Do you all drain your tofu prior to freezing it?
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I've done it both ways... I prefer to drain it first.
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I haven't had stir fry in a while... my family threw out my yummy teriyaki sauce. So what if it was 2 years expired... it was still good, no mold or anything
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I've done it both ways... I prefer to drain it first.



I just cooked with my first batch of pre-drained frozen tofu. It was Nasoya Firm. The texture became a lot more crumbly yet less wet. I was hoping it would stay in more of a firm block.
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I think freezing it is what changes the texture... or did you not have this issue before? I do notice that freezing it makes it less wet, that's why I like it. I HATE HATE HATE the flavor of tofu water It has to be completely drained/squeezed before I eat it.
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Tofu water? ?? Like the water it sits in in the water-packed tubs? Don't you drain that before cooking? I mean, you don't... like.... DRINK it or something??

Tofu has moisture, but if it hasn't been frozen, it needs a little doesn't it? Hmmm... pondering this....
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Tofu water? ?? Like the water it sits in in the water-packed tubs? Don't you drain that before cooking? I mean, you don't... like.... DRINK it or something??

Tofu has moisture, but if it hasn't been frozen, it needs a little doesn't it? Hmmm... pondering this....



Of course, but unless you cut it into tiny chunks and squeeze it then, it's impossible to get all of the water out. I've cut it into medium sized chunks, pressed it good, cooked it... took a bite and gagged. I guess I just don't like tofu unless it's squeezed enough and has fully absorbed the flavor of the dish.
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I'm a tofu pressing maniac. I don't think it's possible to get all the moisture out but certainly enough that whatever is left cooks off. What do you all do to drain your tofu?
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I bought the pre-fried kind in the vacuum pack. Solved my prob!

I am going to make BBQ tofu out of it with a homemade BBQ sauce...Even if you drained yours pre freeze, I would thaw it, cos it might splatter if you use any oil, and if you don't use oil, it will stick bad, unless you use a nonstick pan.

And it won't brown well either, without oil, or if it is really wet.
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I swear, I can use 5 cloth towels and half a roll of paper towels and not get enough water out of 1 block
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Thanx for the info...had no idea



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I swear, I can use 5 cloth towels and half a roll of paper towels and not get enough water out of 1 block



Well, I know what you mean. Hmm. If you're using the firm kind I think a good way is to drain it, rinse it in fresh water, then put it in a colander in the fridge with something to catch the liquid underneath it, and put something on it to press the water out overnight. Maybe a brick covered in foil? Or something like that.
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Well, I know what you mean. Hmm. If you're using the firm kind I think a good way is to drain it, rinse it in fresh water, then put it in a colander in the fridge with something to catch the liquid underneath it, and put something on it to press the water out overnight. Maybe a brick covered in foil? Or something like that.



Oooo, I'll have to try that, thanks!
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I swear, I can use 5 cloth towels and half a roll of paper towels and not get enough water out of 1 block



Ha ha...I know what you mean!



I press mine before AND after freezing/thawing. I like it pretty dry, too.

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Ha ha...I know what you mean!



I press mine before AND after freezing/thawing. I like it pretty dry, too.



This is what I have been doing. I save the tofu package and place the wrapped and pressed block back into it for freezing. It defrosts partially this way in the fridge and then I unwrap it for further pressing and defrosting when I am ready to use it.
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Heh, I don't know if I could replicate my process for anyone. I draine, freeze then press it. But I have this plate from my kids' old dinner set, that fits perfectly in the colander to where I can only press it so far. So I put the colander on a plate, and press the hell out of it with the plate. Comes out so dry, and makes for great anything after that. I only use extra firm though.
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Hmmm, wow. I am not sure I have ever drained un-frozen tofu. Patted dry maybe, but never thought it was worth the trouble to drain it. I buy very VERY fresh tofu from a bulk container in the co-op though - and it tastes like an entirely different product than the ones in those boxes and packages in the store... interesting, I wish you all could try it....
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Hmmm...fresh tofu....sounds great! I've never even seen fresh tofu!

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I had soft tofu deep fried at a sushi restaurant... not bad at all.
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for my unfrozen stuff I usually just drain it, spray it with a little oil and then bake it. depending on how long its in there it will get almost all the water out of it. I then add that on top of our stir frys. Comes out perfect, never gets crumbly and I don't have to watch it like a hawk.
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