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Is modern tofu sufficiently fermented?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 30, 2011 at 8:23 PM

I know that, in general, soy is pretty nasty stuff. I wonder, though, about tofu. I heard somewhere that since tofu is fermented, the typical caveats and criticisms that apply to soy don't apply. But I also heard someone claim that modern soy fermentation techniques complicate the issue. I haven't been able to find a clear statement on this issue. Any paleohackers out there know something about this?

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on October 10, 2012
at 12:35 AM

Really? Were you trying to draw tofu?

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on May 29, 2012
at 09:56 PM

I don't know but I really want to get my hands on some natto.

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on October 29, 2011
at 09:16 PM

I thought tofu was fermented too, Eric! So thank you for asking; I learned something.

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on May 31, 2011
at 05:51 PM

I have had this. It is not raw fermented but has a great salty, funky flavor. I asked Hodo Soy Beanery if they will be making fermented tofu and they are very resistant. Too bad b/c it's very good in stir-fry.

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on May 30, 2011
at 08:39 PM

Wow - you are right, Wiki says that only certain types are. Sorry for the ignorant question, but I'm glad I asked (somehow I missed that the last time I read the wiki page - must have been in a rush).

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on May 30, 2011
at 08:39 PM

http://www.soyinfocenter.com/HSS/fermented_tofu1.php

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on May 30, 2011
at 08:32 PM

tofu is not fermented. never has been. fermented soy is available as miso, tempeh, or natto.

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on October 29, 2011
at 01:33 PM

I've made tofu in the past (my vegan days), and I can assure you most tofu is not fermented. You make soy milk out of dried, soaked soy beans and add a coagulant, then press it into shape (like you would a fresh cheese).

Tempeh, miso, and tamari are fermented. (I have not tried, and will never try, natto, but those others are pretty good in my past experience.)

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on May 30, 2011
at 09:43 PM

You can get fermented tofu, if you buy it from a Chinese grocery store. Ask for Dofu lu. It's usually used on rice and vegetables. Otherwise, Tofu is not fermented.

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on May 31, 2011
at 05:51 PM

I have had this. It is not raw fermented but has a great salty, funky flavor. I asked Hodo Soy Beanery if they will be making fermented tofu and they are very resistant. Too bad b/c it's very good in stir-fry.

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on May 30, 2011
at 08:25 PM

tofu is not fermented. fermented soy product --> tempeh.

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on May 30, 2011
at 08:39 PM

http://www.soyinfocenter.com/HSS/fermented_tofu1.php

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on May 30, 2011
at 10:12 PM

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on May 30, 2011
at 09:38 PM

Tofu is NOT fermented, but these soy products are:

Tempeh - fermented soybeans made into blocks. Watch out bc sometimes it includes grains.

Miso - fermented soybean paste. Usually used as a soup stock (ie. miso soup).

Natto - whole fermented soybeans. It has a strong smell and is kinda slimy.

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