Frequently Asked Questions
What is tofu?
Tofu is the Japanese pronunciation of Chinese “doufu,” which is the product of soybeans. The soaked, ground, and cooked soybean is divided into liquid and solids. The liquid, or soymilk, is then again separated into “curds” (tofu) and “whey” by an added coagulant. The curds/tofu is sold in many different forms and water content usually determines the type of product. Vermont Soy produces firm-style Artisan Tofu, where most of the water has been pressed out of the soy curds making it firm to the touch.
For more information on the history of tofu, check out this link: http://www.soyinfocenter.com/chronologies_of_soyfoods-tofu.php
Where is Vermont Soy Tofu and Soymilk made?
Vermont Soy Tofu and Soymilk is made in our building located in Hardwick Vermont.
What different types of tofu and soymilk do you have?
We currently produce firm-style Artisan Tofu made from Vermont-grown, organic, and non-gmo Soybeans. We produce four varities of Fresh Soymilk: Original, Vanilla, Chocolate, and Unsweetened. All flavors are available in 32oz bottles as well as five gallon containers for food service facilties. The Original, Vanilla, and Chocolate Fresh Soymilk are also available in 10oz grab and go sizes. For more information on our full line of products, please visit our Products page.
What do you mean by "Fresh" Soymilk?
Unlike most commerical Soymilk we do not use ultra-high temperature pasteurization (UHTP). Instead we gently flash pasteurize our Fresh Soymilk. This process allows the best flavor and the most nutrients to remain intact in our soymilk. This makes our soymilk taste closer to freshly homemade soymilk.
Do you use local ingredients?
Our tofu is made from 100% Vermont grown, organic, non-GMO soybeans. Our soymilk is sourced from as many local ingredients as possible.
Learn more about the farmers who grow our Soybeans: http://vermontsoy.com/ourfarmers.html, http://www.butterworksfarm.com, http://boucherfamilyfarm.blogspot.com
Where can I buy Vermont Soy products?
Our website will help you find a location in the “where to buy” section. You can also call us: 802-472-8500 and we will be happy to help you find our products.
Are the products gluten-free?
Our tofu, soymilk, and loil cooking spray are all gluten-free.
Do any of your products contain nuts or process anything containing nuts in your facility?
No nuts or nut products are processed in our facility.
Are Vermont Soy products kosher?
No. We are not certified kosher as of yet.
Can tofu be frozen?
Tofu can be frozen, but the texture will change. When tofu is frozen it becomes more porous and can absorb marinades faster and more evenly. The texture of the tofu changes to a more chewy state; some people find this new texture pleasant and some do not.
Is it ok to eat expired tofu or drink expired soymilk?
If you purchased our product with the date already expired we recommend you return it unopened. If after you buy the tofu or soymilk the date goes out open, smell, and examine the product. Sourness, grittiness, and thickness for the soymilk are the indicators of a bad product. The tofu will taste sour. We do not recommend eating or drinking products that have begun to spoil. Once the tofu package is opened you can change the water frequently to help extend its life.
Do I need to keep the Tofu and Soymilk refrigerated?
Yes. Generally if a product is sold refrigerated it needs to stay refrigerated. The closer to 32 degrees a product stays the longer it will last.
How long does Vermont Soy Tofu or Soymilk last after opening?
The average life of both products after opening is five days. You can help the tofu by submerging the unused tofu in water and changing the water as often as possible.
What is the shelf life?
Once made our soymilk will last twenty-one days and the tofu twenty-eight.
Where can I get more of your recipes?
We post recipes regularly on our facebook page and our recipe section on our website features recipes as well.