Last year, I did a vegan mac and cheese cooking demo at the FINEX Kitchen in Portland. Mac and cheese is my specialty, so it made perfect sense to choose that dish for my first demo at FINEX. This time around, I picked one of my favorite ingredients to work with: tofu.
FINEX Kitchen Cooking Demo
To celebrate the launch of the brand new FINEX 14 inch double handle cast iron skillet, FINEX has been inviting folks to do cooking demos with the new product. This is the largest FINEX pan in the collection. For years, customers have requested a larger skillet, and FINEX finally made it happen!
Tofu is incredibly versatile, but you have to know how to prepare it or it’ll just be a bland mushy mess. For the FINEX cooking demo, I decided to freeze and marinate the tofu in a soy sauce and Sibeiho sambal mixture. I originally planned on serving the tofu with cashew cheese, caramelized onion apple jam, and pickled cabbage radish slaw on slider buns. However, the buns that I pre-ordered were definitely not slider-sized when I picked them up. Change of plans… I ended up serving generously topped crostinis instead.
One of my favorite tofu tricks is freezing it to transform the texture, so it drinks up marinades and holds up better during cooking. Pop the tofu in the freezer overnight. If you’re using typical grocery store tofu, you can freeze it in its packaging. Let it thaw in the fridge or on your counter the next day until you’re ready to cook. To speed up the thawing process, you can submerge the package in hot water.
Cut the thawed tofu into thick slabs (about 3/4 inch). Warm up your marinade and watch the tofu soak up it like a sponge. If you have an extra 10 minutes, you can press the tofu before marinating. No fancy tofu press needed — just place the tofu on clean tea towels or paper towels between two cutting boards, then add some heavy books or an FINEX dutch oven for weight.
You can meal prep a large batch of tofu at once, so it’ll be ready to go for sandwiches, salads, rice bowls, noodle dishes, and more. What’s your favorite way to enjoy tofu? Let me know if you try freezing tofu!
Note: I was invited to do a cooking demo at the FINEX kitchen. This was not in exchange for a positive review and all opinions expressed here are my own