What does Tofu taste like?

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    I don't like the look of Tofu, but since I don't eat meat I have to look for other sources of proteins and I learned that Tofu is made with beans so I'm considering giving it a try but I'm not good at trying new foods, can you guys tell me what it tastes like?
     
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    It really will absorb whatever you cook with it so it's pretty versatile.
     
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    Whatever it's cooked in.
    It's the consistancy that I dislike the most.
    But, I must say. My wife LOVES the stuff.
    It's not made with beans. It IS fermented soy bean.
    I suggest that your introduction to it be in a professionally cooked dish......Like at a Chinese restaurant.
     
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    sorry but think I would prefer beans over tofu .I don't like any kind of food from those eat out places .I had a friend who worked in a couple and the stories she told scared me away .I got food poisoning 2 times here from places my sister wanted to go for her birthday and so did she and my other sister .
     
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    It has a bit of a taste but nothing off-putting, but if you press it to drain it and then marinate it, it will soak in the marinade. If you don't like the consistency, you can freeze it first. If you freeze it, it almost gets a ground beef consistency if you shred it with a fork or processor. There are many different firmness level available as well.
     
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    I don't eat meat so it does not sound appealing to me at all .
     
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    We make a few dishes with Tofu, and like others have said, it takes on the taste of whatever you cook it with. We use it in a 100% vegetable Lasagna that you would be hard pressed to distinguish from a regular Lasagna. We us e the recipe from the Engine 2 cookbook.
     
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    I love veggie lasagna. Although I do use cheese in it.
     
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    Well add brussell sprouts to your veggie lasagna ,make it even better .But then I do love anything veggie .My sister makes what she calls a fruit lasagna and boy is that good .
     
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    please don't generalize tofu, there so many different types and many have unique flavors and textures
    One of the few base ingredients you can use for appetizers, main courses, desserts, condiments and beverages. Think of soybeans like flour and all the different things you can make with dough from the flour.

    Most people think tofu as only this
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    tasteless blocks of mushiness, ask an Asian person to eat cottage cheese and you might get a similar reaction

    There are endless types and I can recommend different varieties for the best applications. Even the one above has different varieties and textures. I personally like the really soft version, called silken. Chop it up in to small cubes and it adds substance in soups. Cut it into planks and freeze it, the texture changes completely and can be used in stir fries.
    https://jet.com/product/detail/5e15...82DYaR--s9xCH-skxMwuqf19uMYYOcLRoCg5AQAvD_BwE

    One of my favorites are rolled tofu sheets which has a nice consistency like meat. Sometimes its called mock-chicken. Don't get the canned version, YUCK
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    the instead the fresh version you need to slice yourself
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    I a
    l ready have beans in my diet, and peas and chickpeas...I'm looking for something new
    That sounds good!
    I will never give up cheese, hek I can't even cut down I love it so much!
     
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    Me too! I can get hubby to eat some veggies but my 3 boys totally hate it
    what would you recommend to people that like mixed salads and stir fry veggies?
     
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    The making of tofu starts with making soy milk from soybeans, then you culture it in similar ways that you do regular milk to make cheese, curds, yogurt, etc... It has less oil and fat content and typically tends to be drier and have less taste the cultured milk products but Qclabrat's example of cottage cheese is a pretty good comparison. My wife often uses it in Asian recipes, I'm not crazy about it, but I don't dislike it.

    I do enjoy these tofu dessert products we buy sometimes and they are probably a good place to try tofu for the first time.
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    Oh my if it's still healthy after all them added flavors, I'm sold!
     
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    I'll pass on the tofu but my koi love it.
     
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    yep, if you like flan or custards, these are good low calorie alternative
    Just compare and make sure it's not made with too many preservatives.
    I live near NYC so I'll go in from time to time to get the fresh versions made daily. so good

    we used to make our own soy milk with the kids were babies and the doctor suggested options when help with their eczema. I'd like to learn to make tofu at home some day.
     
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    I don't usually eat soy products with a salad, but these look pretty good
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    https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/food/vegetarian-chicken-dinners/

    For stir fries my favorites are what are called "Buddhist dishes" and you don't have to practice the religion to try it, and it's usually also low in salt so even better

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    http://www.tastehongkong.com/recipe...-rolls-a-traditional-chinese-vegetarian-dish/

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    http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/buddhist-vegetarian-stew-lo-han-jai/
     
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    Don't wana rain on your parade, but there is a lot of controversy surrounding soy products, especially for women.
    Here is a youtube video that goes into it a bit. But don't use this guy as a sole authority, he repeatedly refers to Round Up as a "pesticide" which it is not. However, he correctly stresses that fermented soy products (like Natto, Tempeh and Miso) are generally healthier and safer (especially for women) than plain soy products or cultured soy products like tofu.
     
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    also there's some studies which show excessive intake of soy products can lead to "manboobs"
    but if I recall correctly, it's a lot, like 3 times a day as a staple. So like anything, moderation
     
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    looks good enough to try, thanks!
     
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