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What Is Silken Tofu?

by Toni Olukiran

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Silken tofu can be used in everything from scrambled eggs to creamy vegan pies — but what exactly is it, and how is it different from firm tofu?

What is tofu and how is it made?

Tofu, also known as beancurd, is made through curdling soya milk. This coagulation creates solids which can then be pressed and cooled into a solid block. This is much like the process of cheesemaking. 

What is silken tofu?

Silken tofu is soft and the texture is crumbly. When blended up, it can be a really great alternative to cream for salad dressings or dessert dishes, due to its very subtle flavour. It’s also a good type to use when making vegan scrambled eggs.

What’s the difference between silken and firm tofu?

The varieties of tofu depend on how high the water content is. Firm tofu has a much lower water content, which means when pressed it is much more structured. Silken Tofu, on the other hand, is soft and has less structure due to a high water content; you can’t press out the water and cook with it in the same way. 

Got any other questions? Let us know in the comments!

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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