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Video:Types of Tofu

with Nadia Chapman

Learn the types of tofu so that you know which one to use for your smoothies, scrambles, barbecues and more! Watch this video from About.com to learn more about the different types of tofu.See Transcript

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Transcript:Types of Tofu

Hi, I'm Nadia Chapman for About.com. Are you a new vegan or vegetarian? Or maybe you simply want to trade meat or dairy in a recipe. Today, I invite you to discover the many types of tofu on the market.There are three types of firmness when it comes to tofu: silken tofu, firm tofu and extra firm tofu.

Silken Tofu Is the Smoothest Type of Tofu

Silken tofu is the smoothest tofu of all. Sometimes it comes in a tetra pack, so don't necessarily expect to find it in the refrigerated aisle of your grocery. It comes in soft, firm, and extra firm. All silken tofus break apart easily when manipulated, that's because they contain the highest moisture content of all tofus. Silken tofu makes a thick, and creamy texture when blended, so it can be used in deserts, spreads, salad dressings, sauces, soups, and smoothies.

Firm Tofu Is a Popular Type of Tofu

One of the most popular types of tofu is the firm tofu, which sits in water in the package. This type of tofu still has a great amount of moisture even after being drained, and pressed. Use this type for recipes that require crumbled, or mashed tofu, or if you wish to scramble tofu instead of eggs.

Extra Firm Tofu Is the Firmest Type of Tofu

Extra firm tofu is much harder and more compact than the other tofus. It is the firmest of all. It is easy to slice it, and it holds it's shape very well. It is the prefect tofu to marinate, or grill. It is the preferred tofu for dishes like Tofu Kung Pao, or other sautéed dishes.Tofu is affordable, low in fat, and calories, and loaded with protein. So, go ahead, and make it a part of your healthy diet.

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