How to press tofu

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    How to press tofu Easy Food

    In recipes calling for tofu to hold its shape (like these vegan satay bowls), it’s vital that you press the tofu to remove the water contained inside. Pressing vastly improves the texture of tofu and is particularly important in recipes where the tofu will be fried. Even firm and extra-firm tofu requires some pressing in order to be effective in most recipes. 

    Specialised tofu presses are easily available to buy online, but if you don’t have one, simply follow our easy method.

    How to press tofu

    1. Fold a length of kitchen paper into quarters, or use a clean tea towel.
    2. Place on a plate, then place the block of tofu on top. 
    3. Place another layer of folded kitchen paper or a clean tea towel on top of the block of tofu.
    4. Place a heavy cutting board on top.
    5. Place a weight on top of the cutting board, such as 1-2 tins of beans, a cast iron frying pan or a heavy book. 
    6. Let the tofu sit for at least 30 minutes. The weight will gradually squeeze the moisture
      out of the tofu.
    7. If the kitchen paper becomes fully saturated, you may need to replace it with fresh sheets and continue pressing until the paper stops absorbing moisture. 
    8. Continue with your tofu recipe.