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Yummy Tofu Jerky

What you need: 

1 pound extra firm tofu
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons liquid smoke
1/8 cup water
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon brown sugar

What you do: 

1. Drain liquid off tofu and sqeeze as much water out of it as you can. I place paper towels or clean dish towels on the tofu and push down on the brick for a while. Slice tofu about 1/8" thick. You want long thin strips.
2. Mix all other ingredients. Marinate tofu in this mixture for about about 2 hours. Periodically, move tofu around in mixture to be sure all tofu gets marinated.
3. Place tofu into dehydrator for about 8 hours or until tofu becomes dark brown and jerky-looking.
If you think it is too salty, decrease the soy sauce and increase the water. You can also decrease the smoke if you think it is too smoky. Next time I make it I plan to add a bit of cayenne pepper for extra heat.

Preparation Time: 
8 hours
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
4
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

This was so easy to do, and it turned out great! I am used to paying $1.25 per stick of jerky at my local health food store, so I am delighted that I can make it at home for a fraction of the price and it taste just as good...actually BETTER! The only thing I changed was I didn't have any liquid smoke, so I substituted with Braggs. Oh yeah, and I just put mine in the oven overnight on "warm" with the door cracked.

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What is liquid smoke?

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IMPORTANT QUESTION: will this need to be kept in the refrigerator?! thanks!

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This turned out pretty damned good :)
I really looks like meat jerky and even has a similar texture. Chewy but not too chewy.

I only did 1/2T of black pepper and substituted 1&1/2T Braggs + 1/2T water for soy sauce. I also added 1/2t cayenne &  1t worchesterchire.

Oh, and one more thing, I baked mine at 170 for 3 1/2 hours and it turned out just fine. Who needs a dehydrator? Not me.

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This stuff is great!  I suggest it to anyone who was a former beef jerky lover!

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help.  if you do not have a dehydrator, do you know what oven temperature to put it on and for how long?  let me know.  thanks!

theres another recipe for this on here, and they said 200 F, but someone else said 100F-120F for overnight/8 hours. i guess you could try both..even if it doesnt work, you'll have something like vegan bacon, which is pretty tasty :)

Thanks Ponycakes!

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help.  if you do not have a dehydrator, do you know what oven temperature to put it on and for how long?  let me know.  thanks!

theres another recipe for this on here, and they said 200 F, but someone else said 100F-120F for overnight/8 hours. i guess you could try both..even if it doesnt work, you'll have something like vegan bacon, which is pretty tasty :)

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help.  if you do not have a dehydrator, do you know what oven temperature to put it on and for how long?  let me know.  thanks!

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i've died and gone to jerky heaven!! this is very easy and very yummy. who would have thought drying tofu would be all chewy?

i left mine in the dehyrator on veg temp overnight. made the house smell like jerky.  :o ;)

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