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Healthy How To: Press Tofu

I have been working on eating lower on the food chain. One meatless protein my family of four all agrees on is tofu. One great tip I learned from the cookbook Almost Meatless was to press tofu before cooking it. Since it is packed in water, tofu can be awfully mushy (even the firm style) if you don't press out some of the excess liquid. Plus the less liquid in the tofu, the more flavor or marinade it can absorb making it tastier.

Find out how to press your tofu when you


  • Slice your bock of tofu into two equal slabs, about one inch each.
  • Place slabs side-by-side on two clean dish towels. Paper towels are not absorbent enough, so if you use them you have to use plenty, which is just not very eco.

  • Place your tofu and towels on top of a cutting board, then place another cutting board on top of them. Then place your heaviest post on top of that. It is a little like building a castle with Legos.

  • Press your tofu for about an hour, and then it is ready to marinate, bake, stir fry, or grill.
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VeeKeeTee VeeKeeTee 8 years
that is so smart
crystalemily crystalemily 8 years
Exactly how I press my tofu (well, almost exactly because I don't cut mine in half just in case I need bigger chunks for the recipe)
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I always press my tofu as well. It definitely makes a difference.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
such good tips!!!!
traciepwns traciepwns 8 years
Oh, also, if your looking for a more 'meaty' texture - freeze the tofu. When it's defrosted, it will be meatier. Don't be alarmed when it turns yellow, it goes back to being white after it's defrosted.
traciepwns traciepwns 8 years
Thanks for this! I always fail at cooking tofu - so maybe this will help me out a bit :)
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
I've never used dish towels, but I do press them between two plates. The liquid still drains out
littlekaren littlekaren 8 years
Ah! I always wondered why when I cooked tofu it was NEVER as good as in a decent restaurant. This should do the trick!
humangirl humangirl 8 years
Why have I never cut the slab in half before? It seems so obvious...
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