Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tofu Xpress Review

Comes with:
- a Marinating Lid
- an Instruction Booklet and Recipe Guide.
- 1 year limited warranty


As I was writing the chapter on Tofu for my upcoming cookbook on Silk Road inspired vegetarian cuisine, I decided it would be a good idea to include step by step instructions on how to press tofu. Tofu comes in a variety of textures from silken to extra firm and the firmer the tofu, the higher the fat content. In order for tofu to taste good, it needs to be pressed, drained and then marinated. The water content needs to be removed, so that the tofu can absorb the marinade.


As I was researching the steps to pressing tofu, I came by a tool called Tofu XPress, which is designed to press tofu with out the hassle of setting up so many props to drain the water from tofu. Subsequently, I contacted Tofu XPress and asked them if I could try out this tool for my cookbook and that I would write a review on it.
I only use organic non-GMO tofu
Cut around the edges of the package to remove water content from the package and drain over sink
It's easy enough to slide the lid on the tofu press, however the spring sat slanted on the tofu.
After 30 minutes of pressing, look how much water got released. 
* Due to the spring sitting slanted on the tofu, one side got more pressed than the other.


After using the TofuXpress, I can say that it does remove water efficiently from tofu to change its texture and allows for significant marination to occur. The longer you press the tofu, the more water it will excrete. The pictures show a pressing of 30 minutes, which I was satisfied with, however I will look into why the spring was not sitting evenly on the tofu next time to make sure I don't press my tofu lopsided.


I am saying goodbye to using a lot of paper towels and the weight of books to drain my tofu and will be turning to Tofu XPress regularly to prepare tofu.

There is an optional Light Tension #2 Spring attachment for pressing cheeses, silken tofu, and yogurts, but I did not get a chance to use it. The tool converts into a marinating dish - however I did not use it, because I sliced up my tofu and this option took a lot of space.

Marinade for Orange Spiced Tofu

Here are more recipes on my blog using tofu that needs to be pressed:
Spicy Tofu & Asparagus Stir Fry
Cabbage Slaw in Peanut Sesame Dressing
Mixed Tofu & Vegetables in Lime Ginger Sauce
Orange Spiced Tofu

* Update on this post 5/30/12 *

Since I posted this review, Tofu XPress reached out to me to explain why the tofu got pressed slanted.
" If after inserting the assembled top into the base of the unit you notice the Press Plate (the part touching the brick of tofu) is not lying flush on the brick of tofu then remove the assembled top and press down on the corner of the tofu that is sticking up so the brick of tofu is even in height on all sides, then put back the assembled top in the base. The Press Plate should now be sitting flush on the brick of tofu."





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