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Saturday, September 29, 2012
How to Press Tofu
I’m pretty funny about food texture, so I was hesitant to
try tofu.So far I have made barbecued
tofu and fried tofu, and haven’t minded the texture at all.Firm or extra firm tofu is used for most meat
substitute uses of tofu.I think the
pressing also helps with having a firmer, more meat-like texture.
Most recipes for frying, baking or “barbecuing” tofu specify
to press the tofu first.It’s really
easy but can be intimidating when you first read it.Hopefully it’s pretty clear here, especially
with the photos.
1- Place a dish towel or hand towel on your clean
counter.In pressing the tofu, liquid
will gradually ooze out, so you’ll want to have a towel down.
2- Cover a cutting board with plastic wrap, waxed paper, or
butcher paper.Put the cutting board on
top of your towel.
3- Open tofu package.Drain and discard the liquid.Move tofu to cutting board.If
you are using a one pound block of tofu, you will want to cut the tofu block in
half.Then slice each half into three
horizontal pieces.If you have 12 ounce
blocks of tofu, you will not need to cut it in half first.
4- Spread the six tofu slices on the cutting board.Cover the tofu with another sheet of plastic
wrap or paper.
5- Place a cookie sheet or baking pan on top of the tofu.
6- Put heavy items on top of the cookie sheet or baking pan,
making sure that pressure is applied evenly to the tofu slices.I used small oven dishes for weight.
7- You may need to add another layer of weight to the
tofu.Use another cookie sheet or baking
pan, and additional weight.I used
plastic containers with water for my second layer.
8- Leave the tofu with pressure applied for 45 to 60
Cook Pressed Tofu
Here are a few ways to cook your pressed tofu.
Tofu:Coat in rice flour, dip in milk,
then coat in mixture of nutritional yeast and spices.Fry in olive oil in a hot skillet.
Tofu:Marinate tofu in a favorite BBQ
sauce.Place tofu on a baking pan, top
with a little BBQ sauce, and cook under broiler until sauce is bubbly.
3.Wrap tofu slices
in nori sheets.Dip in tempura
batter.Fry, drain, and serve with
tarter sauce on a bun, like a fish sandwich.
4.Sear one-inch tofu
pieces in oil in a hot skillet.Toss with
sautéed vegetables and serve over rice, like Chinese food.