If this was Mastermind, our specialist subject would be ‘The life and times of Tofoo – 2016 to present day’. Our time starts…. now.

About Tofoo
What is Tofu?

Tofu is a super healthy plant-based protein. It’s made from soya bean curd, which sounds a bit weird but is actually amazing. It’s one of the most complete and versatile protein foods in the world. Tofu has a subtle flavour, allowing it to be a taste chameleon – taking on the flavour of any dish it goes in.

Who is the Tofoo Co?

In 2015, husband and wife David Knibbs and Lydia Smith bought a small artisan tofu business in Malton, North Yorkshire which had been run by Ron, a Vegan and absolute student of making the best tofu from a traditional Japanese recipe. Their vision was to launch an exciting new, tofu brand using this fantastic product to show that the world should love tofu. They wanted to create a fun and exciting brand that could be stocked within UK supermarkets and that made high quality handmade tofu accessible to all.  In September 2016, The Tofoo Co.  was born.  So, we’re starting a tofu revolution – one delicious meal at a time. Are you with us?

How is Tofoo different to tofu?

Take everything you know about tofu and file it under ‘things I used to think that turned out to be wrong’.  Tofoo’s not the soggy, tasteless stuff you might be thinking of, and we’re on a mission to show the world that tofu is really rather brilliant. Actually, not all tofu, though. Just ours. Because we’re not like the others and here’s why… 

Our Tofoo is made to a traditional Japanese recipe using only 3 ingredients: water, soya beans and nigari. 

We use nigari (an all-natural extract made from seawater) to bind our tofu. While many others use plaster of Paris. Seriously. 

Every block of delicious Tofoo is handmade int’ Yorkshire – and you can tell by their wonky edges. 

Our Tofoo is so organic we caught the attention of The Soil Association who gave us a certificate and everything. 

Who’s got time to press their own tofu? Not you. So our Tofoo always comes extra firm and ready for action. 

We solemnly swear on the Brownie code that our beans will always be GM free, organic and sustainable. 

Please visit our What Makes Tofoo Special page. 

Is Tofoo fermented?

No, our tofu is not fermented – but our Tempeh is! Scroll further down to read more about Tempeh.

Is Tofoo pasteurised?

Our Tofoo products are pasteurised to increase shelf life and reduce food waste.

Can I buy Tofoo online?

You can buy Tofoo online, please visit our Stockists page for more information.

Can I buy Tofoo products outside of the UK?

Unfortunately Tofoo is only available within the UK.

Ingredients
What are soya beans?

Super bean more like. Imagine a cross between a pea, a bean and a lentil – but better. In China they’re called ‘ta-tou’ which means ‘great beans’. Told you, super beans.

Where are your soya beans from?

Here at The Tofoo Co HQ we have a super sourcing policy so only the finest beans will make it through our front door.

Our soya beans have to be from a sustainable source (tick), must always be organic (tick, tick) and of course GM free too (tick, tick, tick). This is our bean guarantee.

Our beans are grown in Canada and Italy and shipped to us in the UK. We are always on the lookout for sources closer to home, but we will only ever buy great tasting, salute worthy, sustainable beans.

Are your soya beans GM free?

Yes the soya beans that we use for our tofu are GM free.

What is nigari?

Nigari is your friend! To give our Tofoo a better taste and texture, we use a little thing called Nigari. It’s a natural ingredient created from seawater. We could have used calcium sulphate instead, like almost everyone else. But then what’s the point in only being as good as everyone else? Exactly.

Does your Tofoo contain calcium?

No, our Tofoo doesn’t have Calcium in it as it’s made using a traditional Japanese recipe that uses Nigari instead of Calcium Sulphate (aka plaster of Paris) to set it. This is what gives Tofoo it’s better taste and texture.

What is the calcium content?

As we use Nigari instead of Calcium Sulphate as our coagulant, there is only a trace amount of Calcium in our tofu – 87mg per 100g

Is your Tofoo organic?

The soya beans we use are 100% organic and we only use organic, natural ingredients. We’ve got a Soil Association stamp and everything. So there. 

Is Tofoo Gluten Free?

Our Naked and Smoked Block and our Tofoo Sizzlers are gluten free.  However, our Tofoo Crispy is not gluten free.

How do you smoke your Tofoo?

Our Tofoo is smoked in our beechwood smoker in the Tofoo factory, this is what gives the Tofoo its tastiness and colour.

Sustainability & Soy
Where are your soya beans grown?

Here at The Tofoo Co HQ we have a super sourcing policy so only the finest beans will make it through our front door.

Our soya beans have to be from a sustainable source (tick), must always be organic (tick, tick) and of course GM free too (tick, tick, tick). This is our bean guarantee.

Our soybeans are grown in Canada and Italy.  We don’t just buy the beans from Canadian or Italian suppliers, we verify that that is where they are grown. Our reputable growers have to go through vigorous testing to make sure they are up to Tofoo’s standards.

We are always on the lookout for sources closer to home, but we will only ever buy great tasting, salute worthy, sustainable beans.

Why do you source your soya beans from Canada & Italy?

Our soya beans come mostly from Canada and occasionally from Italy depending on the year and the yield. Canada currently grows the most organic and GM free soy which is why this is our current preference.

Does your soy lead to deforestation?

Absolutely not! We have never have and will never source our soybeans from anywhere contributing to deforestation.

Are the soya bean farms you source from certified sustainable?

We have organic and GM free certification. In addition, the farms we source from have been vetted to ensure they follow our sustainability requirements – no deforestation, sustainable farming, and good workers’ rights.

What does sustainable soy mean at Tofoo?

To us sustainable soy means ALWAYS being Organic, ALWAYS GM free and ALWAYS sourced form verified farmers who treat their workers well and who do not contribute to deforestation. In addition, growing the humble soya bean in an efficient way that allows the land to regenerate – reducing the need for more land in the future.

How are your soya beans transported?

All our soya beans get to us by ship. Air might be faster, but the emissions from that send us a but dizzy. Our beans are boat beans.

Why don’t you source all of your soya beans from Europe or the UK?

We would love to source our soya beans from Europe but the climate and soil conditions here in Europe are not as favourable as in other areas around the world.  Soy is an amazing crop but has very specific requirements when growing (especially if you want to be GM free and organic). Europe’s soy crops are not in abundance, and organic crops are even harder to come by. But fear not, they are on the rise and we’re kickstarting a programme to encourage more UK farmers to grow soy. When we can reasonably start getting our soy closer to home, we 100% will.

If soya beans are harder to source local why not another bean?

Here at Tofoo we are using a traditional Japanese recipe. It is not just tofu, it is Tofoo which means our taste and texture is different from other kinds of tofu you might find. Every kind of bean would yield a different result. So, for us using soy beans in our tofu is very important as it is what allows us to make the amazing (#notbias) tofu that we do.

What’s does Organic really mean?

The soya beans we use are 100% organic and we only use organic, natural ingredients. This means we are approved by the Soil Association. When we think of a delicious Tofoo dinner we don’t think of it with a side of pesticides. Organic means that no pesticides are used in the farming of the beans. Our beans are regularly checked for chemical residue to ensure this.

Are your soya beans GM free?

Yes, the soya beans that we use for our tofu are GM free.

PACKAGING
Can your packaging be recycled?

Tofoo Block and Tofoo Sizzler

The cardboard can be recycled, however the film cannot be currently recycled.

All of our cardboard is from approved, managed and SUSTAINABLE sources.

Tofoo Crispy 

The cardboard tray & sleeve can be recycled, however the film cannot be currently recycled.

All of our cardboard is from approved, managed and SUSTAINABLE sources.

Tofoo Cubed

The cardboard can be recycled, however the tray cannot be currently recycled.

All of our cardboard is from approved, managed and SUSTAINABLE sources.

Why do you still use plastic?

Plastic usage is a big issue in food that The Tofoo Co are keen to try and minimise. On our block products, we use thermoform packaging. This is necessary to ensure we can deliver a food safe product that air cannot get to until a consumer is ready to eat it (if it does it will spoil quickly and become inedible). We don’t pack ours in a ready meal tray in water (the only other way we know tofu can be packed) as we think thermoforming gives a MUCH BETTER, less soggy product, that is ready to eat. Thermoforming also uses a lot less plastic!

We are talking to our suppliers about the possibility of using recycled or renewable materials to replace our thermoform. These don’t appear to exist at the moment to work on thermoform machines, but we do keep looking for sustainable solutions. It’s a hard balancing act – and one we take very SERIOUSLY. Currently, GREAT TASTING, chilled, food safe products like ours unfortunately need plastic to stay fresh. But we will keep looking for more sustainable solutions we can use.

Why don’t you use biodegradable plastic in your packaging?

Biodegradable plastics has not advanced enough for us to use in our specific packing process. There is also the case that Biodegradable plastics don’t always readily decompose so for now Tofoo wants to work towards recyclable plastic or home compostable alternatives.

Cooking & STORAGE instructions
Can you freeze Tofoo?

We say no, tofu is not suitable for home freezing. It can change the texture of our extra firm Tofoo,  and that’s the last thing you need. If you do choose to freeze your Tofoo it will still be perfectly safe to eat.

Can I freeze Tofoo in a meal?

You can freeze Tofoo in a meal after cooking but we do not advise you freeze it prior to cooking. This is because the taste and texture of the Tofoo can change.

How long can I keep the Tofoo when it’s opened?

Open you’ve opened your Tofoo, place in water in an airtight container and use it within 48 hours.

What are the cooking instructions for Tofoo?

Please visit our How to Do Tofoo page.

Can you eat Tofoo cold?

Yes, be a rebel and eat it cold – yes – rebels eat their Tofoo cold.

Do I need to press Tofoo?

Nopety nope. Long gone are the days of pressing your soggy tofu between two cans of soup. Just drain the pack, chop and enjoy cooked or cold. 

How do I make Tofoo crispy?

Cut your Tofoo into cubes. Put the cornflour in a bowl. Roll your tofu cubes in the cornflour – give it a good coating. Shallow fry it in a wok with an inch oil at the bottom. Crispy Tofoo coming right up. Watch this handy video on our How to do Tofoo page!

How do I make scramble Tofoo?

Put your Tofoo block in a bowl. Get a fork and smash the tofu to bits (aka scramble it). Surprisingly effective. Season with turmeric and salt and pepper. Chuck it in the pan and fry, add a little milk if you want to make it creamy and season with chives. A true game changer. Watch this handy video on our How to do Tofoo page!

What’s better – frying or baking?

Now you’re asking. We prefer to fry nice and hot in a stir fry or the like. But baking is equally as tasty and can make your tofu even firmer. We’ll let you be the ultimate Tofoo judge.

What oil should I use?

Tofoo loves sunflower or vegetable oil. Or go completely wild and use sesame oil or coconut oil. Now we’re talking. 

Can I eat your Crispy products cold?

Our Crispy products must be cooked according to the instructions prior to eating. After cooking you’re fine to let it cool and eat it later!

Tempeh
What is Tempeh?

Tempeh is like tofu after it’s been at the gym – hard. It’s ripped with whole pieces of soya beans for a firmer, chewier bite. Fermented with a live culture, it’s then pressed into a dense, high protein base. Our Tempeh is organic, non-GM, dairy and gluten free.

Is Tempeh fermented?

Yes, unlike our tofu, our Tempeh is fermented with a live culture.

Is your Tempeh pasteurised?

Our Tempeh products are pasteurised to increase shelf life and reduce food waste.

What live culture is used in making Tempeh?

The live culture used is rhizopus oryzae culture.

What is the discolouration on Tempeh?

As our Tempeh is fermented, there can be some visible black patches that occur, which is simply a sign that the fermentation process is complete.

Where are your soya beans from?

Here at The Tofoo Co HQ we have a super sourcing policy so only the finest beans will make it through our front door.

Our soya beans have to be from a sustainable source (tick), must always be organic (tick, tick) and of course GM free too (tick, tick, tick). This is our bean guarantee.

We source all our beans from Canada and Italy and are always on the lookout for sources closer to home, but we will only ever buy great tasting, salute worthy, sustainable beans.

Can I freeze Tempeh?

No, Tempeh is not suitable for home freezing.

Can I freeze Tempeh in a meal?

You can freeze Tempeh in a meal after cooking but we do not advise you freeze it prior to cooking. This is because the taste and texture of the Tempeh can change.

Can you eat Tempeh cold?

No, our Tempeh cannot be eaten cold straight from the pack, it must be cooked thoroughly first. After cooking you’re fine to let it cool and eat it later!

Can I eat Tempeh Cubed cold?

Like our Tempeh block, our Tempeh Cubed products cannot be eaten cold straight from the pack, it must be cooked thoroughly first. After cooking you’re fine to let it cool and eat it later!

What can I do with Tempeh?

Everything you can do with Tofoo! Check out our recipes for some tasty dishes.

Something we’ve not covered?

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