Since 1976, Island Spring Organics has been in the business of good health — making tofu and tofu-based products at our plant on Vashon Island in Washington State. We have grown from a small cottage industry, occupying an outbuilding on the Island's westside, to an established producer of healthy soybean-based products in the Pacific Northwest.
Island Spring Organics produces the highest quality soyfoods using natural, organic, non-GMO ingredients and pure water. We lead the industry by developing procedures and practices which exceed regulatory requirements. We provide a positive work environment and encourage employee input. We conduct business mindful of the environment and our community.
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How is tofu made?
Tofu is made from whole dried soybeans, water, and coagulants — in our case magnesium chloride (an extract of sea water), and calcium sulfate (mined from deep mines in the U.S). The certified organic soybeans are soaked in pure water for 16 hours and then ground. The resulting slurry is cooked at high temperatures, and then the pure soymilk is extracted. Coagulants are added to the hot soymilk and tofu curds begin to form. Once fully formed, the resulting curds are pressed, cut, packaged and quickly cooled to maintain freshness. Our tofu is made to order, and then delivered to our distributors on our own temperature controlled delivery truck.
How do I handle tofu?
Tofu is very sensitive to temperature and should always be held at 38 degrees or less. Once opened, we recommend keeping your tofu in an airtight container with fresh water. Exchanging the water daily will help maintain freshness. Opened tofu should be used within the week.
Can I freeze tofu?
You can! Freezing tofu will give it a completely different texture than fresh tofu, many people compare it to a more “meaty” texture. After freezing your tofu allow it to thaw and then squeeze the water out of the block of tofu. You will notice that the structure of the tofu has changed and that it has a little more spring to it. Try crumbling thawed tofu into your next scramble or use for tacos — you won’t believe how good it is!
I’ve heard that too much soy is bad for you. Is this true?
There are lots of conflicting reports about the benefits of consuming soy. Clinical studies have shown that eating soy can lower cholesterol and the risk of certain types of breast and prostate cancer. Concerns about too much soy and possible effects on hormone levels are generally referring to highly processed soy that is used as a filler ingredient in other highly processed foods. Island Spring Organics tofu is a minimally processed, organic, non-gmo whole food. We believe the key is in moderation — eat healthy amounts of good food and your body will thank you!
We hope you enjoy some of our favorite recipes.
We love to hear from our customers! Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, and suggestions.
- Island Spring Organics
- PO Box 747
- Vashon Island, Washington 98070
- Phone: 206.463.9848
- Fax: 206.463.5670
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org