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cerealkiller 02-12-2011 07:39 PM

I have some tofu that got shoved to the back of the fridge and overlooked for a while. The expiration date on it (best used by date) is January 25th. I haven't opened it yet, but would it still be good... or is soy best tossed a few days after the use-by date?

Skylark 02-12-2011 07:45 PM

I have used tofu a month or more after its "expiration" date. Smell it. If it seems off, don't use it. If you're really paranoid even if it seems fine, cook up a very small piece of it, try it, and see what happens. It shouldn't be a big deal.

Amy SF 02-12-2011 07:47 PM

If it looks okay, smells okay and tastes okay, then it's probably okay to use.

hannah- 02-12-2011 07:54 PM

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Originally Posted by cerealkiller View Post

I have some tofu that got shoved to the back of the fridge and overlooked for a while. The expiration date on it (best used by date) is January 25th. I haven't opened it yet, but would it still be good... or is soy best tossed a few days after the use-by date?

I once left half used tofu in the fridge for about 4 days, and there was a strange smell coming from somewhere in the fridge. My Mother told me it was just the chicken in the fridge and I guess she thought I was just being fussy about how other people in my house eat meat. But nope, It was the tofu! It had gone slimy. It was such a horrible experience, picking up my innocent tofu and taking a big whiff before I was about to cook it, so I never use tofu after the expiry date anymore.
I felt like sharing that. ha ha

Skylark 02-12-2011 08:03 PM

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Originally Posted by hannah- View Post

I once left half used tofu in the fridge for about 4 days, and there was a strange smell coming from somewhere in the fridge. My Mother told me it was just the chicken in the fridge and I guess she thought I was just being fussy about how other people in my house eat meat. But nope, It was the tofu! It had gone slimy. It was such a horrible experience, picking up my innocent tofu and taking a big whiff before I was about to cook it, so I never use tofu after the expiry date anymore.
I felt like sharing that. ha ha

Totally different. I get the sense that the OP had not opened it. Spoilage occurs MUCH faster after opening.

mlp 02-12-2011 08:10 PM

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Originally Posted by hannah- View Post

I once left half used tofu in the fridge for about 4 days, and there was a strange smell coming from somewhere in the fridge. My Mother told me it was just the chicken in the fridge and I guess she thought I was just being fussy about how other people in my house eat meat. But nope, It was the tofu! It had gone slimy. It was such a horrible experience, picking up my innocent tofu and taking a big whiff before I was about to cook it, so I never use tofu after the expiry date anymore.
I felt like sharing that. ha ha

Once you open tofu, if you don't use all of it, you have to store it covered with water, and change the water at least once a day. Then it will last a few days after opening.

Unopened, tofu is generally good for quite a while past the "sell by" date. If it's too old, you'll be able to smell it.

cerealkiller 02-12-2011 09:59 PM

yeah... it's still sealed. i've definitely experienced the rotten tofu stench from opened tofu!

thanks, everyone. baked tofu will be on the agenda tomorrow! yippee!

Beetlejuice 02-12-2011 10:52 PM

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runnerveggie 02-12-2011 11:41 PM

I had some tofu that was a week *before* the expiration date that smelled and looked fine, but tasted like bananas. Since then, I try to use tofu while it's pretty fresh, or freeze it before the expiration date and use it for barbecued tofu.

cerealkiller 02-13-2011 12:16 AM

alright, alriiiiight! bah. i won't get my hopes up. i'll do the sniff-and-taste test before i get too excited! haha.

Tinoberserker 02-13-2011 03:19 AM

Good luck. I had a piece of tempeh that i took out the fridge the other day and i was expecting some fuzzy green stuff on it. It wasn't at all green it turned red in some places (but still smelled horrible). That was a first for me

stasher 02-13-2011 05:49 AM

Over two weeks past the expiry date is pushing it a bit for my liking. The texture can sometimes be affected enough for it to be spoilt.

fadeaway1289 02-13-2011 06:01 PM

I've purchased tofu with old expiration dates before numerous times because they were marked down. I never had any issues with them being bad. I've always drained, cut, and frozen them though as soon as I get them home.

yumy 02-13-2011 08:26 PM

my rule of thumb is that the length past expiration depends on the original expiration period...if that makes sense :P

for tofu that normally expired in 3 weeks i probably wouldn't use it 3 weeks late...unless it was like Mori-nu or something that lasted longer. just me tho, it's prob ok.. heh

Misty 02-13-2011 09:14 PM

I had tofu kinda explode in the fridge before, the packet built up so much pressure it broke the seal and oozed out, smelt like really smelly cheese. Can't remember how old it was.

But yea, if it looks and smells good, it's probably fine.

WonderRandy 02-13-2011 10:23 PM

tofu is one of the foods that you can trust the Smell Test on. if it smells fine, and isn't slimy, it's okay to eat.

runnerveggie 02-14-2011 09:15 AM

I forgot to say - I really have gotten strict about food that's past the expiration date. Unless it's dry goods that are unlikely to have gone rancid, I just get rid of food that's past the date. Food that's past the "best by" date might not be unsafe (if it says "expiration date," then definitely toss it), but it's not worth ruining a recipe if one of the ingredients doesn't taste quite right.

Nishani 02-14-2011 09:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Tinoberserker View Post

Good luck. I had a piece of tempeh that i took out the fridge the other day and i was expecting some fuzzy green stuff on it. It wasn't at all green it turned red in some places (but still smelled horrible). That was a first for me

Yes, that's quite novel.

4everaspirit 04-15-2013 10:42 AM

More than a week or two after, I would toss of compost it. 

 

I have years old unopened tofu sitting in my fridge and I can see the mold growing on it.............


La Grenouille 04-16-2013 06:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Misty View Post

I had tofu kinda explode in the fridge before, the packet built up so much pressure it broke the seal and oozed out, smelt like really smelly cheese. Can't remember how old it was.


But yea, if it looks and smells good, it's probably fine.

That happened to me too, and the tofu was not even past its best before date... I never quite understood tht one.

Vegan Dave 09-02-2013 06:37 AM

I toss any food that is expired.  I would rather do that & lose a few bucks than be sick later. :yes:


La Grenouille 09-02-2013 03:07 PM

Well, recently I read about fermented tofu... And I had some past-due date in the fridge. I used to make blue cheese (because it stank as blue cheese). It ended up being pretty good, and nobody was hurt.

VeganGal101 10-22-2013 05:24 PM

:vebo:vegans/vegitarians!!!!!!   


veganjoy 10-25-2013 08:12 AM

In USDA training, I learned that the best buy date is supposed to provide a week's time to consume the opened product without loss of quality due to age. So of course there's no prediction that it will automatically make you ill on a specific date. 

 

But as the previous veggie wrote, use your senses to double-check food safety.  My motto is when in doubt, throw it out.  You wouldn't to get food-poisoning to save a $2.00 pkg of tofu, even tho' it is better not to waste when possible.  

 

Think I'll start cleaning my fridge now.  Thx for reminder.


veganjoy 10-25-2013 08:14 AM

hm-m-m, hard to know why for sure, but if some bacteria was multiplying inside the gas by-product they produce when multiplying could build up 

enough pressure to burst the packaging.  Maybe there was a small hole or leak in the package breaking the seal?  Just a random guess.


veganjoy 10-25-2013 08:17 AM

But is that when your eyes grew so large and your smile turned rectangular?  Just kidding, I like your cartoon profile picture :)


Margo54 04-18-2014 02:50 AM

Please do not eat tofu after expiry date it can make you very ill as i done just that,its not worth it..it causes weeks of dizziness.and infections..


Margo54 04-18-2014 02:55 AM

Please do not use out of date tofu if its been opened and I think if its been unopened it should be okay..


Margo54 04-18-2014 02:56 AM

unless its to old maybe a few days would be safer than a few months or years.


MountainLight 04-18-2014 06:50 PM

I'd toss it after the expiration date, I don't think it's remotely worth risking it for $1.50 or $3 tofu.


Puting Chen 05-01-2014 05:58 AM

hi I was told by a tofu producer, that if it is not an air-tight package or once opened. It's better to change the water everyday to keep it away from going slimy. So I guess that's probably one of the reasons it went wrong....


Aristede 08-05-2014 05:13 PM

I always try to use up tofu before its best by date. Once I open it, I use it within two days or so, and I change the water to keep it fresh. You'll definitely know when tofu is off; it has a horrid smell when it's gone bad.

Aristede:book:

rowenaa 10-28-2014 10:26 AM

TOfu before expiration
 
So do you guys think it is normal for tofu to have some smell, when it is not after expiration?

I had 2 tofus with the same expiration (well, only week from now, but still), and the first was with no smell, the second one smelled a little bad (not like a fish, bananas.. dont know how to tell it). Taste was normal.

I ate only a little. Whart do you think? The texture is normal as wll:)

choligeetu 10-31-2014 02:01 AM

Chinese usually eat "Stinky Tofu" which is fermented on purpose. According to the manufacturer of this product, it is OK if tofu produces white hair (though you may not like the smell, then throw it away), but you must discard it if the hair is in other colors, such as green, red or yellow.

NewHorizons 02-13-2016 07:54 AM

I like scrambled tofu
 
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Originally Posted by fadeaway1289 (Post 2814014)
I've purchased tofu with old expiration dates before numerous times because they were marked down. I never had any issues with them being bad. I've always drained, cut, and frozen them though as soon as I get them home.

I just fixed expired tofu, it has been up in the top of the fridge, I made scrambled tofu with it added mushrooms and onions and it tastes just fine, and no nasty odor when cooking, it's plant based, not animal based, so even though there is an expiration date on it, like I've been reading use your judgement on color and smell.

silva 02-13-2016 12:16 PM

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Originally Posted by NewHorizons (Post 3908961)
I just fixed expired tofu, it has been up in the top of the fridge, I made scrambled tofu with it added mushrooms and onions and it tastes just fine, and no nasty odor when cooking, it's plant based, not animal based, so even though there is an expiration date on it, like I've been reading use your judgement on color and smell.

I'm curious now-- on top of your fridge means it's aseptic packed- but I have never seen anything other than silken tofu in those, and how could you scramble silken???

no whey jose 02-13-2016 01:35 PM

I once ate tofu after the expiration date and it had gone soft and sour. I took a few bites and had to throw it away.

LedBoots 02-13-2016 01:55 PM

It's not worth the risk of gastrointestinal invaders. Plant- based or no, food can grow harmful bacteria. Throw it out and have a can of beans instead.

Ever smell sour soymilk? Gag

silva 02-13-2016 02:14 PM

I've gotten spoilt tofu that was well within the dates. Trader Joe had a rash of bad ones- not so bad that they puffed up, but you could see the water was discolored, a bit foamy, and the texture was like 'crumbly'-not right. I also tasted a bit, and yes, very soury

dormouse 02-13-2016 07:01 PM

I opened a pouch of Westsoy Tofu recently that had foul-smelling yellow slime coating the tofu. And it was not even expired. Needless to say, I did not eat it.


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