Wednesday, July 22, 2009
A NIFTY NEW GADGET FOR PRESSING TOFU!
The "Tofu Xpress"
I've just been given the opportunity to test out a great new gadget for the vegetarian and vegan kitchen-- a nifty tofu press called the "Tofu Xpress". It was invented by a clever Pennsylvania woman and is the result of 5 years of testing. Here's how it works (pictures taken by me in my kitchen!):
I pressed a 1 lb. block of commercial medium-firm tofu. You put the spring-activated top over the tofu and snap in place:
Place the whole thing in your refrigerator for 30-60 minutes:
Look at the water that was pressed out of it in the next picture. I weighed it after pressing and almost half it's original weight (16 oz.) in water was pressed out! It weighed 8.6 oz. after pressing for an hour.
After pressing, I sliced it into 8 slices and placed it back in the Tofu Xpress (drained and washed), with a marinade (2 parts light soy sauce and 1 part maple syrup with a little sesame oil), covered it with the flat lid and let it marinate in the refrigereator for a few hours:
Then I browned the slices in a nonstick skillet over high heat with the marinade poured over it:
I turned the slices over and cooked them (watching carefully) until all of the marinade was soaked up and the slices were appetizingly glazed:
The tofu was delicious! It had a different texture and mouth feel than commercial extra-firm tofu, I found. It was firm all right, but smoother and not as dry-- it's hard to explain! It makes the BEST scrambled tofu-- see my version of Julie Hasson's great tofu scramble using pressed medium-firm tofu.
I am sold on this press! It would be especially useful if you make your own tofu. You can then press your finished tofu to the firmness you desire without balancing weights on top! You can also use this press for squeezing the liquid out of cooked or thawed, frozen greens, shredded cabbage, eggplant slices, etc..
Also, some folks can only find the softer, medium-firm tofu, or that's the only kind they can get that's organic. Now, they can make it as firm as they like! Furthermore, bulk medium-firm tofu is often far less expensive (and not over-packaged) than commercial pressed tofu, so that, even when you figure it by the pressed weight, you save money.
You can order it via this page, and there is an introductory discount. (BTW, I am not getting a commission for sales on this product-- I just think it's a great gadget!)
All the best,
All the best,