Homemade Smoked Tofu

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Homemade Smoked Tofu Recipe Vegetarian VeganTofu is one of those foods where either you love it, or you’ve never had it prepared properly.

I never used to enjoy tofu, but to be honest, I never really gave it a fair shot. Much like when you say the word ‘kale’ to someone. Most will shy away immediately without ever even trying it. But can I just tell you, it’s actually really good if you give it a chance.

Homemade Smoked Tofu Recipe Vegetarian VeganThere are a bunch of different types of tofu and which firmness to use mostly depends on what you are planning on making. I usually only use firm or extra firm for everyday use and then silken for desserts or sauces. The difference is how the tofu is made. Here’s a thorough explanation from Serious Eats

But what is tofu, anyway? It’s soybean milk—not from fuzzy green edamame pods, but from mature white soybeans—boiled, curdled, and pressed, similar to dairy cheese. The soybeans are soaked and ground into a slurry which is warmed with water, then strained to become soy milk. This milk is combined with a coagulant—traditionally nigari, the dried liquid (mostly magnesium chloride) that remains after common table salt has been removed from seawater. Other coagulants, such as magnesium chloride, calcium sulfate, or magnesium sulfate can be used as well. The soymilk and coagulant are simmered until the curds and whey separate, then placed into cloth-lined molds and pressed until the whey drains out. The amount of pressing time is relative to the quantity of curds and the desired firmness; it averages around 15-20 minutes. The longer it’s pressed, the more whey is released and the firmer the finished product will become.

If you are ready to get all crazy on the tofu train, try out all the different types and see what works best for your style of cooking.

Homemade Smoked Tofu Recipe Vegetarian VeganTofu has a high water content so it’s best to press out the water before cooking. Some people have actual tofu presses, I like to just sandwich it between some paper towels and put something heavy on top. I usually leave this for about 20 minutes or so. While I wait, I make my marinade.

Homemade Smoked Tofu Recipe Vegetarian VeganThere are two beliefs about how much marinade actually affects the taste of your tofu. I was always taught that tofu will essentially soak up whatever flavours you marinate it in. But then this book came out and blew away that theory and replaced it with a theory that the only way to incorporate the flavours is to pan fry the tofu and then add the marinade.

I have always marinated overnight and then baked and to date this has worked for me. So I guess if it ain’t broke….

Homemade Smoked Tofu Recipe Vegetarian VeganFor one of my Rouxbe Cooking School assignments, we needed to use smoked tofu. I didn’t have any so I decided to make my own.

Turns out, it’s really easy.

Here’s how I did it;

Ingredients:

  • 1 block, extra firm tofu, pressed and cut in half to create 2 pieces
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 3 Tbsp tamari
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 pinches smoked paprika
  • Some water {I used about 1 Tbsp but you may need a bit more}

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients, except for the tofu and mix
  2. Add tofu blocks to a glass container- you want it to be about the same size as the tofu to condense the liquid from spreading out too far. You could also use a larger ziplock if you desire.
  3. Pour marinade over top and seal. Put int eh fridge and let it soak in for up to 24 hours. About half way through, turn pieces over to coat both sides.
  4. When you are ready to cook, preheat your oven to 350F
  5. Transfer tofu and marinade to an oven proof dish and bake for 20 minutes, again, turning halfway through.
  6. Dice or slice and add to your favourite pasta dish, sandwich or as a side to your greens.

Homemade Smoked Tofu Recipe Vegetarian Vegan

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