Do You Need a Tofu Press & Is Tofuture the Future of Tofu?- A Review by an Avid Tofu Eater
WTF IS TOFU
First of all, what is tofu? Tofu was first seen in China. It is theorized that tofu was developed by a Han Dynasty prince who lived in Northern China in 179 BC. Tofu is made using soy milk that comes from mature soybeans. The milk is taken out of the soybeans and is then coagulated. After coagulation soybean curds are formed and pressed together, creating blocks like what you see in the store. There are many varieties of tofu, soft, firm and extra firm. Surprisingly tofu isn’t made from edamame that is often used for snacking. Those soybeans are too young to make tofu with. Now that everyone is brushed up on tofu. Let’s find out if a tofu press is necessary and how the Tofuture press worked.
Tofu is packaged in water to keep it fresh. After pressing and all the water leaves the tofu there is ample room for absorption of flavors. Before the Tofuture tofu press, I used the OG pressing method with a towel and a can of black beans. I used this method for 2 years. It wasn’t too bad of a setup and it got the job done. As time went on I found myself pressing less and less water, not to mention the can would fall over every time the tofu started to shrink. After 2 years of cans crashing in the kitchen, it was time to upgrade. I said goodbye to my OG tofu press and went for the Tofuture tofu press. I’ve had my press for about a month now and can definitely say whether Tofuture is the future for tofu.
The first time using my tofu press I tried to strap the elastic to the last notch it didn’t go very well and I nearly lost circulation in my fingers trying to get it there. This is why directions exist. When I finally got the elastic band down to the last notch it made a lopsided tofu block. Take two! After fully reading the directions. It came out perfect! My favorite component of the Tofuture press is the built-in compartment that catches excess water drained. Bonus on the compact size of the press. It is a similar size to the packaging tofu comes in. The design makes it easy to put the tofu back into the fridge to use for a meal later in the day. I don’t know if that is a recommendation from Tofuture, but it works for me. Overall rating…10/10 from me!
Want to buy a Tofuture press, buy here. Let me know in the comments below what you use to press your tofu!
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