How to Press Tofu

There are a variety of tofu presses available to buy, and they all look like they work pretty well. If you want to save some money, though, you can make your own tofu press for free if you have a salad spinner basket. If you don’t have one, you can usually find one for $1 to $2 at a thrift store. I found all of these baskets and the flat drainer at my local shop:

To assemble your tofu press, place a salad spinner bowl on a large plate. The plate should have a rim, or at least a deep slope from the edge. This is so the water draining off the tofu stays in the plate!

Drain the water from the tofu package, and place the tofu in the middle of the basket:

Gently place a salad plate on top of the tofu. This will help to evenly distributeĀ the weight you are going to add:

Next, carefully place a bowl or pot on top of the plate:

Now, this part is a little tricky! Very gently add about 10 lbs to the pot. If you don’t have any hand or ankle weights, add some clean rocks or anything else that’s heavy. Make sure the salad plate is still sitting flat on the tofu. If the plate is tipped, adjust the weights until it sits flat:

Do NOT press down on the tofu while you add the weights, or you will crush it! If this does happen, make tofu “egg” salad or scrambled tofu!

After 30 to 40 minutes, you will have removed about 2/3 c of water from your tofu:

Your tofu is pressed and ready to use in any recipe!

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