The best tofu press to keep you eating vegan

Change up your tofu game this January

Tofu, cut three ways.

by Piper Huxley |

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.

Related: Check out this tasty recipe from Bosh for Tso's Spicy Sticky Tofu.

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

So, if you’re tofu-obsessed or new to the soy product, these essential presses will guarantee that your tofu is prepped for mealtimes.

Related: This essential tofu cookbook by Heather Thomas.

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.

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Piper Huxley is a Storytelling Executive at Bauer Media, where she writes for titles such as Heat, Closer, What’s the Best and Empire.

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