Can I use this tofu I found in the fridge?

I found some tofu in the fridge and want to put it into some chili I’m making, but I’m not sure if it’s good. It’s in a tupperware container and might have been in the fridge for 2 or 3 months. Can I use it?

Answer #1

If you have the refrigerated kind (this is sold in the refrigerated area in the store), you usually have 70 days from the date of manufacture, which is the sell by date on the package. Once it is opened, you need to eat it within 3-5 days. You store opened tofu in an airtight container with water covering the tofu. The water must be changed every day.

You can tell if tofu went bad because there will be a sour smell and taste. Tofu really doesn’t smell like anything.

You can freeze tofu for up to 3 months. Drain the water from the opened tofu package. Put into an airtight container and freeze. The taste will be the same, but the texture will be a little firmer.

If you have the non-refrigerated tofu that is in an aseptic container (you will find this in the non-refrigerated section of teh store) then the shlef life is about a year. Again, there should be a date on the container. Once opened you can store in the refrigerater same as above for 3-5 days.


Hope that helps!

Answer #2

Might be a little risky. Unopened tofu, according to a soy manufacturer’s website I just peeked at, has a shelf life of about 70 days.

But if you literally mean that it’s already been opened and put in a plastic container, then it should have been eaten within a week. Toss it.

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