TJ’s High Protein Organic Super Firm Tofu


 

Let me begin with saying Trader Joe’s Firm Organic Tofu is very good. I always buy that. That’s the one that comes packaged in a red/pink plastic container and is in water. This product, HIGH PROTEIN SUPER FIRM TOFU is quite different. For one thing (unusual for tofu) it does not come floating in water, it’s packaged in a tight fitting green plastic wrapper. I saw this and thought I’d give it a try for the blog here. So here’s the shortest review I’ve ever given “I didn’t like it” (but don’t take just my opinion, other’s here have written in to say they like it a lot)

 

 

Super firm? They are not kidding when they say “super firm tofu”. I say more like super- duper firm. If I drew a picture in my mind what “Shoe Leather made of Tofu” might be like…then you will have some idea of the texture of this. Have you ever cut firm Tofu? Sure, your knife glides right through it, so easily. Well this stuff, your knife has to be pushed with a little pressure to cut through it. Kind of the texture of a soft tofu rock. To me, the package should read “HARD & TOUGH TOFU”. I guess thats the “High Protein”?

Its sounds kinda good when you look at it and think “Oh High Protein, that must be better” but the reality is this extra protein must be the thing that makes the texture so hard. 

When I cooked it for dinner, we found the finished dish so tough and chewy to be barely edible. We barely choked it down chewing our cud so to speak and only ate this due to the fact that we were starving at the time and had nothing else at hand to eat for dinner. Man did my (Japanese) wife take it out on me for buying this. As she said, “I come from tofu country”. She made me swear to “Never, ever buy that stuff again”. 

Having said all that from our take on this, some readers have Commented they like it because it is so very firm. Go figure. To each his own, right? 

Here’s TJ’s own take on Super Firm Tofu, via Fearless Flyer archived post. 

For me, I will stick to TJ’s ORGANIC FIRM TOFU (in the red pack) which I love and have reviewed with a RAVE

 

RANT

 

 

NYT no-recipe recipe idea. Soba/Tofu and Kimchi

Get some firm tofu; some soba noodles; some jarred kimchi. Make a sauce of minced garlic and ginger, some soy, hoisin or oyster sauces, a splash of maple syrup, another of sesame oil, a lot of red-pepper flakes, all whisked together. Boil water for the soba. Cut the tofu into manageable pieces, and pat dry with paper towel. Heat a good quantity of neutral oil, like canola, in a big sauté pan, then add the tofu in a single layer and fry it over medium-high heat, turning to get every side. Meanwhile, cook the soba. Remove the crisp tofu and toss with the sauce. Serve in a bowl, the hot soba arranged to one side of the tofu and the kimchi to the other, along with the sauce. Oh, man. You could put some roasted asparagus on top. A soft-boiled egg. It’s so delicious.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Ttrockwood
    Feb 04, 2019 @ 22:02:25

    This is good for certain recipes- but not great as a slice to eat as if it was a chunk of omni protein which may have been your mistake.
    It works great instead of cheese diced small for saag paneer, or slice somewhat thin and marinate and bake it for sandwiches.
    This is basically the same texture as the baked tofu, just without the seasoning on it already

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  3. DKD
    Apr 27, 2019 @ 11:37:29

    I have to disagree with you. As someone who has spent way too much time pressing water out of blocks of soggy tofu in a futile attempt to create a food item that doesn’t just crumble away to mushy nothingness this hefty block is a small miracle! It’s the only tofu I have ever found that can be cut up and manhandled into a breaded coating and fried without falling apart before it gets to the pan, or cooked up with a bit of soy sauce and spices is one of the best taco fillings around. I love it, my non-vegan family loves it (even the cat loves it, but I can’t explain that one, she’s weird).

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  5. C
    Jul 03, 2019 @ 16:06:10

    I have to say I disagree with you as well. The fact that you don’t have to press this tofu saves so much time, which is well worth the extra cost. I flash pan-fried it and the outside was crispy and the inside was soft yet firm. Sorry to say, but I think this is a case of user error because mine came out amazing. If you overcook chicken, it will come out tough and rubbery as well.

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