I have found more copies of my original tofu jerky recipe. I think it’s weird how for nearly 30 years this recipe has been floating around the internet, and modified, and just taken over by other people.
I get it, you can’t copyright a recipe, and I’m not claiming such, but there is a clearly established precedent that on November 23, 1992, I posted a recipe to rec.food.veg, and it has been copied, remixed and riffed upon since. It’s a testament both to the power and banality of the internet.
It’s been a long time since I made tofu jerky. Life got in the way. And the last time I tried to make it, well, it went wrong. I didn’t use a strong enough marinate and the tofu went bad. It was nasty.
Anyway, despite all that, and this blog getting hacked more than once, I still have one of the top 10 links for Tofu Jerky on my old page (chairthrower.org/tofujerky) but If you go to the link for the original recipe it’s all there now.
I made it today and my kids helped. I did three pounds of tofu and the following, simplified recipe:
1 cup soy sauce
2 T liquid smoke
2 cloves garlic
1 T maple syrup
1 t ground black pepper
I marinated it in the refrigerator overnight. It’s drying now:
The kids are excited about it–it’s been so long, the kids don’t even remember having it. Our 6 year old did not remember seeing the food dehydrator before.
I’ll probably make the stuff more often now. I’ll also do some tweaking to the recipe. I now realize I can probably get about 4 pounds of tofu at once into my food dehydrator, and I could do different recipes at a time. Just looking around the net at some of the other recipes that have sprung up in the last 5-10 years, there’s experimentation to be done with smoked paprika, tomato paste, etc.
Perhaps I can regain my rightful place as the leading tofu jerky site on the net. It may be an uphill battle, but I will try.