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#1 Old 02-22-2010, 09:38 AM
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So, since I'm not the hugest fan of the texture of tofu, I thought I'd try the freezing/thawing trick that I read about on this board to change the texture in case I liked it better that way.



So two days ago, I sliced my tofu up, wrapped it, and froze it. I looked at today, and it's ALL BROWN! Is this supposed to happen, or have I somehow ruined my tofu?
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#2 Old 02-22-2010, 09:41 AM
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I've never had that happen to me, but I've never drained and pre-sliced it. I always just toss the entire package unopened, water and all, into the freezer. Sounds almost like an oxidation happened.

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I sliced it up because some people mentioned that they did it that way, and since I'm only one person, I thought it would be nice to be able to pull out a slice when I wanted to make a small tofu dish instead of a whole block of the stuff. Do you think it'll be fine for eating in spite of the oxidation, or should I bin it? I'm hoping it'll still be good... I'm on a poor college kid budget here...
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I would try rethawing it to see what happens. Mine turned yellow last time I froze some but when I thawed it, it went back to white and tasted fine.

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I can't imagine if the tofu wasn't past its expiration date and was simply sliced and frozen directly that it would be dodgy. I honestly don't know what to tell you. Perhaps others have sliced it and will pop into the thread and aver that it's normal for it to brown up.

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Thanks, guys. I'll try thawing a slice or two for dinner either today or tomorrow and see what happens... thanks!
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Smell it and see. It should have a mild, not strong and sour, scent. I've seen frozen tofu get yellow before.
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I never slice it first, but just about always it turns yellow when frozen... back to normal when thawed. Bad tofu smells horrible... look a marathon runners armpit after a race... so if it doesn't stink badly when ya thaw it, i'd assume it's just cosmetic.
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ok now 'brown' is a visual perception thing.... mine goes a sort of yucky yellowy beige colour like tobacco stained cream wallpaper, but not brown like chocolate. how brown is your tofu exactly?
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^ haha. My fridge accidentally froze some tofu once when it got too cold (my fridge enjoys changing temperatures on me). I think it was only partially frozen, but it looked like it had been stained with coffee or something (my interesting description of color) so I got all scared and threw it away. Pity though if it was still good to eat and didn't taste funky.
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^ haha. My fridge accidentally froze some tofu once when it got too cold (my fridge enjoys changing temperatures on me). I think it was only partially frozen, but it looked like it had been stained with coffee or something (my interesting description of color) so I got all scared and threw it away. Pity though if it was still good to eat and didn't taste funky.



awwwww. yeah, i've had half a block of tofu freeze in the top of my fridge too. very weird. never mind- next time you know you're good.
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Yeah it's probably fine. I always drain and slice my tofu before freezing and it turns yellow but goes back to normal after being thawed.
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Mine has turned a dark-yellow-tea-stained "brown"...and it is fine. Totally. I really think it depends on the brand. Some stay all ivory white and others change. Weird, and I have no idea why...
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#14 Old 02-24-2010, 12:38 PM
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maybe that what happens when tofu partially freezes? I'm wondering this because after reading a couple of responses about tofu turning yellow, I opened up my freezer and looked at it, and lo and behold! now it is yellow! But I am 100% positive that it was brown before, so maybe that was before it finished freezing? no idea! Anyway, my tofu is perfectly fine and safe to eat, so YAY!!!!!!!!! (I'm having a tofu sandwich for lunch tomorrow. Yummy yummy :-))
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