By HOME-COOKED ROOTS
Tofu is a type of food made from soybeans. To make tofu, soybeans are first soaked, ground, and boiled in water. The resulting liquid, called soy milk, is then separated from the solid residue and coagulated. The curds that form are then pressed into blocks and can be eaten raw, cooked, or used as an ingredient in various recipes.
Tofu is widely available in grocery stores and supermarkets, particularly in the health food section or the refrigerated section. Tofu comes in a variety of forms, including firm, extra firm, soft, silken, and flavored varieties. When buying tofu, look for packages that are well-sealed and have not expired. Once opened, tofu should be kept refrigerated in water and consumed within a few days for optimal freshness.