Tofu, or bean curd in some places, is becoming increasingly popular in the UK - and it’s honestly no surprise that it’s already a staple in Thai and Chinese cuisine. It’s so good!
Believe it or not, the method behind tofu is very similar to making cheese. Tofu is produced using soy milk that has been curdled and pressed into blocks.
Used often as a meat replacement, tofu is synonymous with going in stir-fries, miso soup and other delicious dishes from all over Asia.
Now we’ve got our hands firmly planted in tofu here in the UK, there are a few things you need to know when prepping it for a meal this year.
Why do we love tofu so much?
Tofu’s popularity in the UK has risen in the last few years because more of us are trying plant-based options. It is loved for its flexibility within dishes, ability to absorb marinades, and its versatility means that it can be cooked to resemble so many textures: smooth to soft, crispy and crunchy – you name it.
There are different types of tofu, which depend on the moisture level and manufacture. Firstly, there is silken (soft) tofu, which is an essential ingredient in miso soup. Plus, it can be used for a creamy pasta sauce. However, its firm counterparts are the stars of a scramble and stir-fry.
Why should we be pressing tofu?
For tofu to taste good, you need to press it.
Firm tofu usually is 80 per cent moisture. So pressing your tofu to get that excess out is not only going to help your tofu absorb all the goodness but also preps its texture to become springy, a slightly meaty texture, which is better if you’re not a veggie.
Marinating tofu overnight definitely gives you an edge when it comes to a stir-fry.
What’s the Best have scoured the internet to find a handy piece of kitchenware, which will help you make show-stopping dishes with the versatile soy product known as tofu.
The best tofu presses to keep you eating vegan
The best tofu press 2022
1. Tofuture - Tofu Press
Tofuture have designed a unique tofu press that is a really practical way to get the excess water out of your tofu this Veganuary. Compact and easy to store, it can also be used as a container. Check this product on The Vegan Kind, which is full of vegan goodies.They also have a superb range of tofu.
2. Intensify Bamboo Press
If you'd prefer something with no plastic, why not opt for this sustainable bamboo press, which guarantees quick and restaurant-quality results? It's simple to use, and the design allows the excess water to gather in a tray – so no extra bowls are required.
3. TofuBud Tofu Press
TofuBud's product promises superior efficiency with its well-designed tofu press. Easy to clean and store, this press is unique because you can choose the desired pressure level for firm tofu, extra firm tofu – and even gently drain silken tofu – wow! Also, it's made from high quality recyclable, 100 per cent food-grade materials. It's safe for you and your planet.
4. That Tofu Thing - Press
This tofu press is small, compact and the single-screw design allows you to be in control of the press, so you can feel the tofu when it's perfect. Made and manufactured in the UK, this nifty bit of kitchen kit is so handy, and it's food-grade and dishwasher safe.
5. Turtle Tofu Press
Get pressing this Veganuary with this funky and awesome design. In fact, it was the winner of a university product design challenge in the United States, so you know that it's impressive and reliable. Made from bamboo, it's naturally antibacterial and is partnered with a silicone band.
6. Yokkaichi Tofu Press
If you're a connoisseur for Japanese culture - or if you just prefer something more traditional and authentic, My Japanese Home has a fantastic catalogue of Japanese furniture, decor and kitchen items. This tofu press is no exception. Crafted from wood, this press is eco-friendly and worth taking a look at.
7. Handmade Hardwood Oak Tofu Press
Crafted from oak and using stainless steel bolts, this press is finished with a food-safe oil – so you know it's up to food-grade standards. Eatroot carefully handmake this product in their workshop using traditional tools and methods. Each tofu press varies due to oak being very varied, nevertheless, there's a guarantee that you're supporting a small, sustainable UK business.
8. Noya Tofu Press
Though this press is a little pricey, it's a best seller. Simply twist the central dial, and the tofu will be pressed in half an hour. With a convenient water tray and spout, this press is designed superbly. It even comes with a cheesecloth, which is also recommended for cheese, frozen spinach and paneer.
So, if you’re tofu-obsessed or new to the soy product, these essential presses will guarantee that your tofu is prepped for mealtimes.
Is tofu good for you?
Not only is tofu completely safe for human consumption, but tofu is high in protein and contains all of the essential amino acids your body needs. It also provides fats, carbs, and a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. So, no need to worry.