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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-29-09 12:16 PM
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78. I bake it.
You can season it how you want & you have control over the consistency. You can bake it a little so it's squishy - kind of like scrambled eggs, or you can bake it longer so it's chewy, like ... well, meat. If you'd like my baked tofu instructions, PM me.

A few weeks ago I went to a pot luck. I took baked tofu crumbles seasoned with Bragg's Amino Liquid & vegan parmesan. Some pieces were kind of crispy/crunchy & the rest was nice & chewy. While we were eating, someone stood up & asked who brought the wonderful chicken pieces. Since I didn't bring chicken, I knew it wasn't me. When we were leaving, my friend saw me retrieve my dish & said, "You're the one who brought that great chicken!" I looked at her & said, "No. I'm a vegetarian, remember?" She laughed & said, "Oh hell, don't tell me that was tofu!" I just smiled & nodded.

And don't believe the myth that if you marinade your tofu it will absorb the flavor of the marinade. That only works if the tofu is sliced very, very thinly. I've found baking is the best way to flavor tofu, & even then, the flavor sits on the tofu & doesn't get in it - if that makes sense.

TOFU ANECDOTE

A man was grocery shopping & saw a woman put a tub of tofu in her cart. "Excuse me," he said, "How do you prepare the tofu?" She replied, "When I get home I drain the tofu & put it in a plastic bowl with fresh water. Then every day I drain & replace the water with fresh. In about two weeks, when the tofu is bad, I throw it away." The man smiled sadly & said, "That's the same recipe my wife has. I hoped you had a different one!"
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