I enjoy tofu, but I clearly remember the first time I attempted to cook with it. I purchased firm tofu, shook it out of the box, cut it in chunks and attempted to fry it. It didn’t take me long to realise something had gone wrong. All my tofu fell to bits. After a quick Google I learned that tofu had to be pressed. Yep, even firm tofu.
The method recommend to me was to wrap my tofu in paper towel and leave something heavy on top (see photo below). This works more or less, you do have to find something heavy to balance on top and it often slides to one side a bit, often leaving one side of the tofu more pressed than the other. This has remained my method of tofu pressing for a few years. However, that all changed when my Tofuture tofu press arrived in the post.
The Tofuture tofu press is a simple device, but it has made making tofu so much easier! Rather than try to balance heavy jars on top of plates, I just have to put my tofu inside the press, lock the clamps, and leave it in the refrigerator until the desired amount of water has been squeezed out. This can be anywhere from a few hours to overnight depending on how firm you want your tofu. All the water is captured in the outer container, getting rid of the mess that sometimes accompanied my leaky tofu.
I made a quick lunch of Tofu Fu Young which I found on the tofuture.com website. Scrambled tofu isn’t the prettiest meal but it was quick, simple & really nice – plus I got to feel a bit smug all day for being so healthy!
Tofu is an excellent source of protein, calcium and iron, is very low in fat, and has no cholesterol making it a great, healthy option. I can’t wait to try the Tofuture press on one of our favourite fakeaway recipes, Black Pepper Tofu.
If you fancy winning a Tofuture tofu press for yourself (or for a Christmas gift for your favourite healthy eater) you can enter below!