How To Press Tofu


Even though by definition tofu is a pressed block of soybean curd, it still has lots of liquid (water or whey) in it. To make tofu less watery and hold it’s shape better, press out and discard the liquid before you cook it.  A kitchen towel and a weight are all you need.

Double up a kitchen towel and put the tofu on top of it. Fold the rest of the towel over the tofu. The towel will absorb the liquid as it’s pressed from the top and bottom. 

A heavy cast-iron lid works great as a press. If you don’t have one, improvise with a cutting board or plate and any heavy object. Either way, most of the liquid will be pressed out after 15 to 30 minutes, depending on how heavy the weight is. 

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