Do I Really Need to Press my Tofu?
First, let’s start with what it mean to press tofu. When you press tofu you are compressing the soy curds that make up this lean protein, causing excess water to be released.
There are several reasons why you may want to press your tofu:
- Pressed tofu has a texture that many people prefer. Because pressed tofu is made by compression, the resulting tofu is more dense, less spongy, and has a “meat-ier” texture.
- Pressed tofu absorbs more flavor. Press the water our to let the flavor in. Tofu acts like a sponge, and like a wet sponge, if it is too full of water it won’t absorb anything- including flavor. Pressing tofu removes extra water and allows tofu to soak up flavors and marinades substantially better.Try these marinated tofu recipes: