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#1 of 8 Old 12-10-2008, 05:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So...if my tofu has a use by date of Dec. 2, I probably shouldn't use it. Right?
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Well, things are usually good for 7 or so days after the sell-by date. How does it smell? I've gotten bad tofu before, and the smell was definitely enough to let me know it was bad. If it smells totally normal, I'd probably use it.
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Oh, I'm going to get flamed for this, but I've used tofu as much as 3 weeks past the package date. I've also chucked tofu a few days before its use-by or sell-by date.

It smells rank when it goes bad, and it also "puffs up" the top of the package with gas. So if the top of the package is normal and it smells ok, I'll use it (cooked), and I've never had a problem resulting from that.
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earthmama369 Oh, I'm going to get flamed for this, but I've used tofu as much as 3 weeks past the package date. I've also chucked tofu a few days before its use-by or sell-by date.

ME too!! :
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woot! No flaming here because I want to make a curry with my tofu!

Thanks all.
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If no bad smell, it's good to use.

If it's little slimy, just rinse it off.
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Oh, I'm going to get flamed for this, but I've used tofu as much as 3 weeks past the package date. I've also chucked tofu a few days before its use-by or sell-by date.

It smells rank when it goes bad, and it also "puffs up" the top of the package with gas. So if the top of the package is normal and it smells ok, I'll use it (cooked), and I've never had a problem resulting from that.
This is something I've been wondering about - recently, I've noticed a lot of puffed up packages in the store (3 separate stores I've been to, and I think they were different brands, one of which was White wave). At first I assumed they had gone bad, but now I've seen so many, I'm starting to wonder - do you think the puffy packages were bad, or have they just changed the way they are packaging?
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In general, I think the smell is a good indicator. I also go by feel - if it feels slimy at all I chuck it. But, I might tend toward overly cautious with tofu because I made some that was bad one time for DS & myself. It hadn't yet reached the expiration, and the smell was just slightly off, but I cooked it anyway - bad idea. DH was out of town and I ended up vomiting, being vomited on, changing and washing sheets for the next 24 hours with no help!
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