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Thanks VA- interesting method. I'll have to give it a try some time. It may be a while though as I don't often cook with tofu.

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OK, Rabbit - here is the "Better Fried Tofu" tip from Cooks Illustrated. Like I said, I haven't tried it, but in general, they are quite reliable.

When preparing tofu for frying, we've always blotted it dry and tossed it in cornstarch, which absorbs exuded moisture and ensures a crispy exterior and better browning. Recently we came across another method: Soaking the tofu in a hot-water brine and then letting it drain for 15 minutes before frying. In the end, we got the best results by marrying old with new. We found that using a brine that was four times stronger than what we'd seen published delivered the best seasoning and crust, and tossing the hot-brined tofu in cornstarch after the draining improved the crust even more. Why does the brine work? Both the heat and the salinity of the water draw moisture out of the surface of the tofu, helping it crisp and brown. The hot water also gradually tightens the proteins at the surface of the tofu, helping keep any remaining moisture inside. Here's how to do it:

1. Soak: Dissolve 1/4 cup salt in 4 cups boiling water. Slice 14 oz firm tofu crosswise into 1-inch thick planks and soak in brine for 15 minutes.

2. Drain: Transfer planks to quadruple layer of paper towels and top with another 4-ply layer. Press gently, then let sit for 15 minutes.

3. Toss: Cut tofu planks into cubes (or whatever) and toss with cornstarch to lightly coat. Shallow-fry cubes in hot oil for 4-5 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

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One thing that is unclear to me is the timing and temperature between the boiling brine and step 1. Are we to just shut the heat off and drop the tofu in right away? 14 oz of cold fridge tofu will cool down 4 cups of boiling water quite fast - to around 60°C or so - so maybe this isn't like "cooking" it.

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Mushroom ,cheese omelet .with 2 grilled tomatos

Ronkonkoma NY
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Wife called, wants waffles and sausage at 10:30 pm when she gets home from work. Yummy, not that late.

Lyons NY
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Cornbread stuffed porq cutlets with roasted root veggies and butternut squash ravioli is a buttery pea sauce for me and my kids.

Wish Scamp was here to enjoy it with us.

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New Orleans LA
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chocolate smoothie for me

healthy yummy leftovers for kiddo

Bridgewater NJ
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Rao's lemon chicken, roasted potatoes, green beans and for dessert lemon posset with raspberries.

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Chinese take out curry chicken ,NOOO Rice

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Went with wife and grandson to chinese. Sick tomorrow, but it was worth it.

Lyons NY
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stir fried veggies (farm fresh supplemented with some organic frozen veggies) over fresh cooked rice seasoned with a bit of cardamom for a sweet contrast

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