Tofu that is sold in supermarkets and other retail outlets is produced by coagulating soybean milk and then pressing the resulting mass into blocks. Because this kind of tofu contains a significant amount of moisture, some of that moisture has to be extracted before it can be used.
Tofu that is labeled as firm or extra-firm has previously been pressed, but it still has some moisture on the inside.
Silken tofu, on the other hand, contains a significant amount of water; hence, recipes that call for tofu to be combined with other components, such as mousses and/or smoothies, often call for the use of this kind of tofu.
It is essential to rinse the tofu well before using it in any dish that calls for sliced or cubed tofu since this will ensure that the tofu maintains its original form. It is possible to destroy the tofu by squeezing it with your hands or pressing too firmly on it, which can cause it to fall apart.
The items you already have in your kitchen may be used to press tofu in the most efficient and effective manner possible.
You are going to need to:
Carton de cuisson Papier serviettes
supplementary chopping board
Large container of food, such as a bowl or a can.
How to Make a Tofu Press
You will have properly pressed tofu that maintains its form even after you have pressed it if you follow these simple procedures.
- Put one cutting board down on the surface of the kitchen counter. On a chopping board, arrange several folded paper towels in a layer, then set the tofu on top of the paper towels. After the papers have absorbed the initial wetness, you may want to put the tofu on a second, fresh layer of paper just in case the sheets get too wet.
- On top of the tofu, arrange the second layer of folded paper towels, and then place the second cutting board on top of that.
- On a chopping board, put the big can that contains the food or the bowl that is filled with water. When working with tofu, it is important to avoid using too much pressure, since this might cause the product to get damaged.
- Wait thirty minutes before touching the tofu again. The weight will gradually press the moisture out of the block of tofu, and the paper towels will absorb it as it is released from the tofu.
- If the paper towels get excessively saturated, you may need to replace them with new paper towels and continue pressing until the paper towels stop absorbing moisture. If this happens, you should continue pressing until the paper towels stop absorbing moisture.
- At this point, you may either chop the tofu into cubes or slice it and then proceed to cook some delectable dish.
Varieties of Tofu
Tofu may come in a variety of textures, including silky, firm, and extremely firm, as was previously indicated. More information on these kinds and how to make use of them may be found in the following.
Block tofu is the most popular kind of tofu that can be purchased in grocery shops and other retail establishments. This kind of tofu is also known as cotton tofu in certain circles. The finest preparation methods for this tofu include grilling, simmering, or deep frying.
- The smoothest sort of tofu is called “soft tofu,” and it is produced by pressing the tofu blocks for the shortest length of time possible. It has a taste that is light and milky and a body that is similar to that of Jell-O. Because it has a high percentage of water, soft tofu is not ideal for shallow frying due it might generate a lot of sputtering because of the hot oil. It is strongly discouraged that you press this tofu. It is preferable to employ unprocessed, uncooked, blended, or pureed ingredients.
- Tofu in the form of a medium block is an excellent option for preparations that do not need a great lot of tofu chopping or slicing. This kind of tofu may be compressed using a press. It is possible to use it in recipes that are stir-fried.
- The most versatile of all the varieties of tofu is the firm block kind. You should not be anxious about using this one since it has a feel that is comparable to slightly rubberized rubber. This tofu may be pressed and used in meals that call for baked tofu, dishes that call for deep frying, and dishes that call for stir-frying. All of these preparation methods involve tofu.
- Tofu with an extra-firm texture is the tofu block that has the highest density. This tofu has the greatest crunch to it, making it an excellent choice for meals that need more substance. It works well as a dairy-free alternative to paneer in any dish that calls for it. This kind of tofu may be breaded, fried, roasted, boiled, or cooked in a glaze before being served.
Tofu made from silken tofu should not be used for pressing; rather, this kind of tofu is best suited for mixing.
Using Tofu Properly
After you have pressed the tofu, you are free to utilize it in any way you choose. I prepared a scrumptious tofu salad using the block of tofu that I had.
Fried tofu, lettuce, radishes, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and a delectable tahini dressing are the components that go into making this meal.
You may use it in a variety of different meals.
Fried Tofu Salad Recipe
Time required for preparation: twenty minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
1 square of tofu
a half teaspoon of garlic powder
½ tsp tamari
1 tbsp oil Salad:
1 romaine lettuce head
4 radishes cut into thin slices 4 cherry tomatoes, cut in half. 1 cucumber cut into thin slices
Regarding the garnish:
3 tbsp tahini
a tablespoon’s worth of toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp lime juice
1 milligram of garlic powder
1-2 tbsp hot water
- Put your tofu through a press and let it drain.
- If you do not have access to a tofu press, you may substitute the use of two flat boards and a basin of water.
- Cube the tofu to a size of one inch for the preparation step.
- Place the tofu in a bowl and mix with the tamari, oil, and garlic powder until well combined. Allow the tofu to marinate for a quarter of an hour.
- Bring a skillet to a temperature of medium-high. Bring the tofu that has been marinated to a simmer in the pan.
- For the first four minutes of cooking, do not stir the tofu. Cook for a further minute after turning the tofu.
- To make the dressing, mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
- To construct the salad, place the lettuce, radishes, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes in a bowl and mix them all together.
- Add tofu that has been cooked.
- Drizzle everything with the dressing that you created and serve.