In all my years of being veg*n I have never frozen tofu even though everyone always says it does wonderful things for the texture. I'm going to be trying out a new recipe though that calls for frozen and thawed tofu and I don't want to mess it up. Sooooo, tell me, do you freeze the tofu still sealed in the package, water and all, or do you take it out of the water first? I'm confused!
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When I've done it - I take it out of the package and dump out its water, put in its own plastic bag or container and freeze like that. Then defrost and use it (or whatever your recipe says).
I only do that to the Mori-Nu vacuum packaged ones, I can hardly stand the texture in a regular stir fry, thought the soft tofu makes a killer pie. So I have done that to other tofu too it just makes it more chewy and the cells in the tofu walls collapse a little bit and then freeze, the texture becomes more like tvp.
You can do it either way, but it takes a bit longer to thaw out if you freeze it in water. My method of thawing it out is to dump boiling water over it multiple times, but you can also just transfer it to the fridge and wait (a long time).
You can crumble it first and then freeze it like in TVP size chunks or whatever. You can freeze it in the liquid straight in the box, or container. The box Mori's work well for that, then yes it is a pain to defrost those under running water, and would take a long time otheways. You can pre cut cutlets and put in ziplock bag for ease of removel. You can freeze the whole block whole and drained.
I drain it, press it, and then slice it into like 4 thin pieces. I lay it out on a plate or baking sheet, then freeze it. I'll take it out early on in the day before I'm going to use it. it makes the texture so much better! Try it!!
Carrie SAHM to Nora Caitlyn ('08) and Finnley Dax ('11) homebirthing, breastfeeding, babywearing, intactivist, doula mama!