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Best ways to store and use Tofu/Tempeh

What is the best storage for tofu? Can you freeze tofu? How long does tofu last in the fridge? We have answers to all of these food-saving questions and storage tips:

Best Storage

The fridge is the best place to store tofu. Keep it in its packaging or place it in a container filled with fresh cold water to keep it moist.

Ensure your fridge is set between 0 and 4° C.

Can I Freeze It?


Slice into thin pieces or chunks and store in an airtight container in the freezer. You can freeze the whole block, but keep in mind it will take longer to thaw. Tofu will stay good for three months in the freezer.

Fresher For Longer

Once opened from its original packaging, store tofu in fresh cold water in the fridge, changing the water daily to preserve its freshness.

Use It Up

Excess tofu can be cubed and added to soups such as miso or kimchi stew.

Ways to incorporate tofu into recipes:

  1. Firm tofu: crumble in casseroles.
  2. Extra firm tofu: use in stir-fry dishes or grill.
  3. Dry tofu/bean curd: rehydrate in water and incorporate into Asian dishes.
  4. Fried tofu: slice and use in sushi or stir-fry dishes.
  5. Soft or silken tofu: use in shakes, smoothies, dips and dressings.

Did You Know?

Tofu is made from soy milk pressed into a solid block. It is milder in taste than tempeh and tends to absorb the flavours of the foods it’s cooked with.

Tempeh is made from fermented soybeans that have been compacted into a dense cake. It is chewy and has a nutty, earthy taste.