How long past the expiration date is pre-packaged extra-firm tofu safe, tasty and wholesome. Generally, expiration dates are for sissies, but something about the tofu made me think twice.

I've seen the fresh tofu expiration question already posted: how long is tofu good for? , but thought there may be a difference with the tofu from the grocery produce section.

  • "expiration dates are for sissies" - well, it's 8 years later, and I just cooked up the tofu my wife wanted to discard. Feb 15th expiration, so 10 weeks expired. It smelled fine and tasted as good as when it's 3 months younger. Not planning to push my luck that far again. Commented May 3, 2019 at 13:25

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Tofu is high in protein, with a neutral PH. And it (normally) doesn't contain any preservatives like salt, sugar or nitrates. Bacteria love foods like that. If it's past the date, chuck it out.

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    +1 Tofu is cheap and it smells TERRIBLE when it goes bad. Commented May 7, 2011 at 2:44

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