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Tofu bad? [Mar. 26th, 2008|07:51 pm]
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Hey everyone. 

Just a quick, somewhat urgent question: how do you know if tofu has gone bad?  I left some out today for about 6 hours or so, unrefrigerated but unopened.  Any quick "this tofu will lead to vomiting" signs?

Thanks in advance.
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[User Picture]From: blackbird23
2008-03-27 12:01 am (UTC)

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If the package puffed up at all, toss it. Was is really warm, like by a stove or anything?
[User Picture]From: _madhatters
2008-03-27 12:04 am (UTC)

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It wasn't really puffed up or anything, and it was just on the counter. It was like, a little cooler than room temperature by the time I got to to it.

Note: it says on the package "important - must be kept refrigerated".
[User Picture]From: surelle
2008-03-27 12:05 am (UTC)

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I would sniff it and use it if it smells OK, in that case. But that's me.
[User Picture]From: blackbird23
2008-03-27 12:15 am (UTC)

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If it was still lower than room temp, I'd eat it- and I'm a paranoid germ freak who will throw stuff out in a heartbeat if I think it's bad =)
[User Picture]From: tinmossflowers
2008-03-27 12:22 am (UTC)

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i've left tofu out on accident before, and really as long as it doesn't smell funny, it should be fine.
but if you're really un sure, i wouldn't risk it.
[User Picture]From: vassilissa
2008-03-27 12:26 am (UTC)

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If it doesn't smell bad, and the package hasn't puffed up, I'd eat it.

Actually, I did the same thing - except I accidentally left it out overnight. It was fine - I've eaten two thirds of it already and the rest is in the fridge, and I've been fine.
[User Picture]From: noisehello
2008-03-27 12:33 am (UTC)

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if it gets a yogurty layer on top, bleck.
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[User Picture]From: istopi
2008-03-27 12:46 am (UTC)

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If the tofu isn't white anymore but has a pink or green tint, that means it is bad. I've eaten it in this state before. I has a really sour taste, but I didn't get sick. But at that point in my life, I ate out of dumpsters on a regular basis.
[User Picture]From: spottie
2008-03-27 01:35 am (UTC)

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yep, I ate some that was really really old - it tasted sort of sour but it didnt make me sick.
[User Picture]From: _franny_glass
2008-03-27 08:22 pm (UTC)

me too

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same. but off the record, it gave me a lot of gas.
[User Picture]From: inquiet
2008-03-27 12:46 am (UTC)

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From: dadmirald
2008-03-27 01:02 am (UTC)

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in your position, i'd cook and eat or cook and freeze tonight, but i probably wouldn't keep storing it uncooked after that.
[User Picture]From: msretro
2008-03-27 01:24 am (UTC)

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When tofu goes bad, it gets slimy and smells terrible. It's one of those foods that lets you know it's past its prime.
[User Picture]From: ilovedavidbyrne
2008-03-27 03:22 am (UTC)

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as long as it was unopened, it should be fine. however, once it is open keep it refrigerated unless you are using it and change the water daily.
[User Picture]From: helen4morrissey
2008-03-27 11:27 am (UTC)

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I'd eat that.
From: _xmariex
2008-03-27 11:43 am (UTC)

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no no no! look at servsafe rec'd.
i remember when i got certified, tofu is a potentially hazardous food if left in improper conditions because it has the perfect conditions to grow pathogens and toxins. this is actually true with any soy product as far as i know. i'm pretty sure botulism is found most often in improperly stored tofu.

and yes, even a few hours can make this happen.
[User Picture]From: hitzpink
2008-03-27 03:00 pm (UTC)

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I've left it out overnight and eaten it so I'm sure you're fine.
[User Picture]From: alex_ex
2008-03-27 03:19 pm (UTC)

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Tofu is bad when it stinks or tastes sour.
[User Picture]From: surferelf
2008-03-27 05:46 pm (UTC)

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Personally, I would eat it. However, it would be with the knowledge that I might have to pay the consequences. 6 hrs at room temperature is about 3x longer than is considered safe.
[User Picture]From: kvaennimue
2008-03-27 06:12 pm (UTC)

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I can't think of anything that I eat that I personally wouldn't feel safe leaving out for 6 hours and then eating (after having then cooked it - I've never had anything go funny colored/textured/smelly in that short a time). Sure there is a risk, but then there was a risk that the package was already contaminated with something... same with any food. And the only time I've gotten sick from food was delivery.