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#1 Old 04-21-2004, 07:11 PM
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My son loves eating tofu straight from the package(the water packed kind) which I didn't think anything of until I started wondering if there is bacteria that needs to be cooked off or something. I know it's not like meat or anything but I just want to be safe. Does anyone know if it is okay to eat it like that?
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#2 Old 04-21-2004, 07:17 PM
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Yes, "raw" tofu is perfectly safe... and is a misnomer. There is no such thing as raw tofu since the soybeans are cooked during the manufacturing process.

Here's a good, short description of the manufacturing process with a link to the full site following:

"Basic regular tofu is a white, essentially bland, soft product, closely resembling pressed white milk curd. Its production starts with the preparation of soymilk, as described in the previous chapter. Soybean is boiled, then cooled to around 75o C. The thin protein-lipid film (surface scum) formed on the surface of the milk is removed. A coagulant, which consists of a slurry of gypsum powder or a solution of magnesium salts (nigari) is added. Curdling occurs. The free supernatant whey is removed and the curd is transferred to perforated boxes and pressed until a coherent block of curd is obtained. The curd is next immersed in cold running water for several hours, with the purpose of cooling and leaching out excess coagulant and entrapped whey solids. The block is cut to retail-size portions and wrapped for marketing. Fresh tofu is stored, transported and sold as a refrigerated perishable. The analogy between tofu production and cheese manufacture is evident."

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#3 Old 04-21-2004, 08:50 PM
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Silken tofu is safe. However, sometimes the Chinese style or water packed tofu isn't. Both kinds are fully cooked, but since the Chinese/water-packed kind sits in water there is a chance that bacteria can breed in it--though it's rare. Before eating it, make sure it doesn't smell bad/ off and that there it doesn't have any abnormal discoloration and you should be fine.
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#4 Old 04-22-2004, 02:18 PM
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I've eaten raw tofu for years and nothing came from it disease wise, just a few weird looks.
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#5 Old 04-22-2004, 03:46 PM
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I've eaten water packed tofu raw by the ton for years. In fact I seldom ever cook tofu.

"off" tofu stinks really bad, but mine always lasts ages past the sell by date on the package and keeps a few days in fresh water in the fridge.

I rinse it under a running tap before I eat it.
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#6 Old 04-26-2004, 06:07 AM
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i ususally boil the water packed kind before i use it. i dont know if eating it raw is ok but it just makes me feel better.

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Slices of raw tofu with just a touch of salt on it....

Random story: when my in-laws were visiting us, my MIL somehow decided that since I like tofu so much, I should just eat it straight from the pack with nothing on it (no one would dare do that for chicken or pork but yet for tofu... ). Anyway, I was acting like I wouldn't do it (only for effect, though), and 'finally' I said "okay... you wanna see me eat tofu out of the box, here it is." and I took a slice and ate it! She started to gross out and then she started yelling for my FIL to "Come in here and see what Dee's doing" when he came into the room, she nudged me and said "do it again" so I sliced another slice off and ate it. My FIL said "I can't watch that" and left the room right away and left my MIL's standing there, saying over and over "I CAN'T believe you ate that... I can't BELIEVE you ate that."

Ahhh... fun with the inlaws. There's nothing like it.
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#8 Old 04-28-2004, 11:20 AM
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Lol, Dee.
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#9 Old 04-28-2004, 05:07 PM
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Echh, my dad is raw tofu by the block, he thinks its great. Its safe to eat and everything but I just can't stand the taste. (My dad also eats raw oatmeal, plain cottage cheese, and sour cream on strawberries )
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Is tofu so difficult to find in the rest of the world ?


We are located in Thailand and have people asking to ship them tofu by Express mail !!!


How much does tofu cost where you live ?


Thank you.


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#11 Old 05-26-2013, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by BangkokShopper View Post



Is tofu so difficult to find in the rest of the world ?


We are located in Thailand and have people asking to ship them tofu by Express mail !!!


How much does tofu cost where you live ?


Thank you.


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In the US, it is widely available in rwdular grocery stores. I buy mine in an Asian market as I like the texture better.
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#12 Old 05-26-2013, 11:21 AM
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In the U.S. it seems to be increasing in popularity. 
I live in NE Ohio and there's a tofu plant in Cleveland! MMMmm fresh!

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I don't like it plain raw.But I do like it when it is blended into smoothies,desserts or tofu ricotta.I have never had a problem.My friend eats it plain raw with a little soy sauce and I've never heard him complain about any illness from it.

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#14 Old 05-26-2013, 12:11 PM
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It's safe.

My son loved it plain when he was a baby and a toddler. Now he will still eat it uncooked but only very rarely. He loves it cooked up though now, just like me :D

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It is, I can't eat it though, Spongy stuff doesn't go with me.
Nasoya has baked tofu thats greeeeeeat!
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#16 Old 02-17-2016, 05:35 AM
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I don't like to eat raw tofu. Its spongy and weird flavor does not suite me as well. But many of my family member just eat it directly.
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#17 Old 02-17-2016, 08:19 AM
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I've often put tofu in a blender to make "smoothies." People also make dips and salad dressings with raw tofu.
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#18 Old 02-17-2016, 02:40 PM
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I eat it uncooked sometimes, when I haven't been getting much protein...ok when I have been junkfooding.
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#19 Old 02-17-2016, 06:42 PM
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Tofu is not raw!!! Soy milk has to be heated to 180F at least to kill off the indigestable enzymes from soy beans.

I don't understand the 'spongy' comments, unless they've frozen and dethawed the tofu.

Freshly made tofu is one of my favorite foods!
Packaged tofu varies in taste quite a lot!
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#20 Old 02-17-2016, 11:35 PM
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I eat uncooked tofu all the time, it's so easy to pull it out of the fridge, cut it up, and throw it into whatever I'm making.
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#21 Old 12-23-2016, 01:24 AM
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I have eated it many times, with no problem.

I think is healthier than the cooked version. No problem at all

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#22 Old 08-09-2017, 11:02 AM
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I've always eaten it straight from the package with no ill effects. It has a mild, nutty flavour. But recently I bought some that had a sour taste to it, so I put it in the compost. Thing is, if I had cooked it in a sauce, I never would have noticed that it was "off".
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