Tofu is a wonderfully versatile source of protein. It comes in many textures, including silken, soft, firm, extra firm, or super firm. The one constant when you buy any of these different types of tofu is that they are all packed in water.
If you have ever wondered why tofu is packed in water, we will explain.
So, why is tofu packed in water?
If tofu weren’t packed in water, it would begin to dry out and break down.
Tofu is produced by congealing soy milk and then pressing the resulting curd into blocks. Tofu blocks are primarily made up of soy protein and water. The firmness and texture of the type of tofu produced depend on its moisture level.
If not packed with an appropriate amount of water, it would quickly change forms, dry out and go bad.
Does tofu need to be kept in water?
Yes, tofu does need to be kept in water.
You can keep tofu in your refrigerator for 3-7 days after opening it. Tofu should be stored in an airtight container in water. Though it may seem a bit of a bother, the water should be changed daily to ensure that your tofu maintains its taste, firmness, and form.