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From what is tofu derived?

Find out where tofu comes from and the health benefits of tofu.

Tofu is made from soy milk and is a healthy source of protein. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
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Tofu is made from soy milk and is a healthy source of protein.

Also known as soybean curd and bean curd, this custard-like white block is made from curdled soy milk.

The process starts with soaked soybeans that are pureed, cooked and filtered through cloth. The resulting milk is curdled with a coagulant, such as magnesium chloride. The formed curds are pressed into soft cakes, allowing the whey to drain off.

Tofu is perishable and should be refrigerated for no longer than a week. When storing, it should be covered with water that is changed daily. Tofu may be frozen up to 3 months, although freezing will cause it to have a chewier texture.

High in protein, low in salt and calories, with no cholesterol, tofu is very bland and readily picks up the flavor of whatever it is cooked with.

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