Tofu is a great source of protein and an awesome substitute for meat in plant-based diets. Nowadays, there are so many recipes online on how to cook tofu in the most scrumptious ways.
Imagine this scenario: you were about to dig in and try one of the many popular recipes on the internet for tofu, but then you notice you’ve kept it past its sell-by date. Now the question is: Does tofu go bad? How long does it last?
Here’s what you need to know: tofu lasts up to 3-5 days, regardless of the sell-by date. But there are ways to maximize its shelf life.
Signs Of Tofu Spoilage
Using your senses to inspect your food may not be a perfect science, but it could save you from some badly rotten foods.
When it comes to tofu, if the color turns from white to tan or it has a sour smell, discard your tofu. Also, look out for any mold or changes in texture.
The final test is to taste a little bit of your tofu. You will know by the taste if it is spoiled and should be tossed out.
Here’s a reminder to always check your tofu regardless of the sell-by date, just in case any impurities make their way into your tofu.
How To Store Tofu
If your tofu package is yet to be opened, you can leave it in the refrigerator for 2-3 months. But once you open the package, there are a few things you can do to keep your tofu as fresh as possible.
Transfer your tofu to an airtight container and submerge it in water. Keep this container with the water in the fridge. This water should be replaced daily. This practice will keep your tofu good for a few days.
Freezing your tofu is a great option if you want to elongate its storage time. The first step is to drain off your tofu with paper towels and some added pressure to release excess water. Once this step is done, place your tofu in plastic wrap and put it in a tightly-sealed bag or container in the freezer.
Remember: freezing your tofu will alter its texture, making it firmer. Keep this in mind if you have specific dishes you want to try out.
How Long Does Tofu Last?
If your tofu has been stored correctly and left unopened, it should be good for 2 -3 months after its sell-by date. However, tofu does not last very long after it has been opened. So be sure to consume it – advisably within 3-5 days.
If you opt for the freezing option, your tofu should last 3-5 months.
The Bottom Line
Chinese and Thai tofu is rich in protein, amino acids, iron, calcium, and other micronutrients. It has so many health benefits. Other than nutritious, it’s just delicious and versatile.
But once you open your tofu package, make sure to consume it quickly. If you’re planning on extending its shelf life, freezing it is the way to go.