Top 10 Ed anonymous tips

Buy the Right Type of Tofu

The biggest mistake people make with tofu happens not in their kitchen, but at the grocery store. They buy the wrong type of tofu for their dish. Tofu comes in a few varieties based on their density, ranging from silken to regular, firm, extra firm, and super firm. “Each type has its own purpose, and it’s not one size fits all,” said Suzannah Gerber, vegan executive chef at Haven Foods and author of “The Plant-Based Gourmet: Vegan Cuisine for the Home Chef.” Silken tofu, commonly used in miso soup, easily blends into things like custards and creams, she explained. Regular tofu works well for a crumbly scramble, while the firmer varieties can be fried, sauteed, or baked into chewy meat-like protein. Make sure you get the right kind of tofu for the dish you plan to make.

Get the Water Out

Tofu typically comes packed in a container of water that keeps it fresh. While you can simply drain and use silken tofu as is, you’ll need to get the water out of the firmer varieties if you want them to taste good. “Pressing tofu is key in getting the best texture and firming it up for cooking,” said Amy Webster, a vegan chef who works with the Humane Society of the United States to train food service professionals at schools on cooking plant-based cuisine. To press tofu, you can wrap it in a clean dish towel or paper towels and put it between two heavy objects (I use bulky cutting boards) for at least 30 minutes. You can also get fancy with a device specifically designed for pressing tofu (like this one from Amazon). A lot of veg chefs also swear by freezing tofu overnight after it’s pressed to give it a more meaty texture before cooking, but this is optional. After it’s pressed, cut your block of tofu into medium-size cubes (I usually slice it in half length-wise, then cut each side into 16 equal-size pieces) to get it ready for cooking.

Make an Awesome Marinade

Marinating tofu can give it flavor from the inside out. But what should you marinate it in? The answer depends on which veg chef you ask, and comes down to whatever flavors you prefer. “I like tofu best with Asian flavor profiles: ginger, garlic, shoyu, citrus, and sesame oil all work great,” said Ann Ziata, a plant-focused chef-instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education. “I focus on enhancing the tofu with umami, so I’ll marinate it in soy sauce and a touch of liquid smoke,” said chef Caroline Concha of Mohawk Bend, who turned the entire menu at Beelman’s pub vegan. Related Reading: 12 Delicious Vegan Sauces to Put on Everything “My go-to tofu marinade is soy, rice vinegar, maple syrup, and grated garlic,” said Colada Shop’s chef Mario Monte, who is a vegan. Experiment with hot sauces, citrus juices, salad dressings, herbs, and spices to get the flavor you’re looking for, and let the tofu sit in the marinade for at least two hours (or longer, if possible!). Then, pop the tofu on a lightly greased baking sheet and put it in the oven at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes, flipping halfway. Your efforts will pay off in highly flavorful cubes that can be added to salads, stir-fries, ramen, or simply eaten on their own.

Rub It With Spices—and Cornstarch

While a marinade can help tofu develop flavor from within, tossing it in spices and other substances can enhance the texture and taste of tofu externally. Cornstarch helps it crisp up. “For spicy tofu bites, remove tofu cubes from a hot sauce marinade and toss them in cornstarch seasoned with salt, garlic powder, and paprika, to make them extra crispy,” suggested Stephany Burgos, a vegan and executive chef at The Wilson. “Heat the pan, add about a half inch of oil and shallow fry the tofu. Once crispy, remove the tofu from the pan and toss it in some of the leftover marinade.” You could also skip the marinade entirely, and instead use a dry spice rub and pan-sear the tofu for a crispy treat, said Guy Vaknin, executive chef at Beyond Sushi.

Play Up the Creaminess

Soft tofu can transform into creamy goodness when blended with other ingredients. “Tofu can be puréed in a high speed blender with garlic, vinegar, mustard, spices, herbs, chipotle adobo, miso paste, or whatever appeals to you to make a delicious creamy salad dressing, spread, or dip with virtually no fat,” said Hope Bailey, executive chef at plant-based catering company Pink Salt Cuisine. Silken tofu can also be turned into a dairy-free substitute for ricotta by putting it into a food processor with garlic, olive oil, sea salt, and rosemary, said chef-instructor Olivia Roszkowski, who specializes in plant-forward cuisine at the Institute of Culinary Education. Toss it atop pasta, pizza, or toast, and enjoy! Check out our tofu recipes for even more inspiration, and put your newfound expertise to work.

Hide your Diet Coke in cute coffee tumblers so you’re not inviting people to judge your daily drink.

I’m a dental student hahaha don’t drink soda it’s so bad for you But I’m so messed up I don’t follow my own advice ♀️

Dont b/p takis.

TWplease dont im fucking freaking out i ate so much (460+ cals worth on an empty stomach) and it burns my nose and throat when i try to get it out holy shit fuck my life those takis are done for. theres no return im pissed i really thought i could vomit them up the same way i ate them but i forgot vomit comes out my nose as well at least my sinuses are cleared?

Eat vegetables (for the fibersss).

I’m shocked confused and offended that eating vegetables??? Allows you to have semi decent bowel movement,,,, ? I had a big ole spinach and spinach salad with balsamic vinegar and chili powder for lunch and today,, shit came out!!

Sour candy & teeth.

Never thought about this until I saw a brochure in a clinic, but for those of you worried about your teeth, avoid sour candies! They have a very low pH that can cause enamel erosion just like stomach acid. Tooth enamel starts to breakdown when exposed to a pH of 4. Stomach acid has a pH of 1.5-3.5, Sour Skittles are 2.2, Wonka Fun Dip is 1.6, and battery acid is 1! If you do eat sour candy, rinse your mouth out with water afterwards, and don't brush your teeth for at least an hour.

If boys make you sad, have some food before you get blackout drunk over them (TW restriction, drinking, general headassery on my part).

I’ve been heavy restricting the past couple weeks and whenever i restrict i feel way more social so i’ve also been getting drunk way more often. last night i lost my vision periodically every time i stood up! i literally could not see shit and i was shaking and sweating and i tried to leave this party and collapsed on the floor outside. i couldn’t function until i got a slice of pizza that i couldn’t even finish bc i was afraid drunk me would be like heyooo let’s purge!!, and i wasn’t tryna fuck myself ip more. ppl kept telling me how blue my lips were. i’m stressed out bc i really don’t wanna have to recover but this seems like one of those signs