So I was monkeying around on the Internet, browsing recipes and vegetarian websites, and I came across the idea of Tofu Jerky. I've never tried Tofu Jerky, and you know how I was a bit skeeved out by the texture of tofu, but yet I was oddly intrigued by the idea of jerky made out of it. And since I'll try anything once, I decided to give it the old college try.
I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. Although the texture isn't like real jerky, it's oddly close enough. I also think that the seasonings are distracting enough that this is rather enjoyable. I definitely think that most people, vegetarian or not, would enjoy this as a fairly healthy snack. While I can't see myself making this weekly, I definitely think it will be kept to try again.
(recipe based on this one)
1 lb extra-firm tofu
1/2 c tamari (or soy sauce)
3 tbsp liquid smoke
1/8 c water
1 tbsp onion powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp harissa (optional)
I pressed my tofu by wrapping in paper towels and putting it on a plate. I then put a large wooden cutting board on top, and stacked about 4 cans on top of it. I left it for about 45 minutes, and then took it out of the "press."
Slice tofu about 1/4" thick. I carefully placed my slices into a ziploc bag, and added the marinade. Allow to marinate for a few hours or overnight.
I then put mine in the food dehydrator, and it took about 17 hours to dry to a chewy, not crispy texture. Alternately, you can bake in a 200 degree oven, flipping every few hours, for about 4 to 8 hours, until done.