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If you think you don’t enjoy tofu, you probably haven’t experimented with it enough. Or maybe you already enjoy tofu, but want to get even more hands-on and make it yourself. Well, that’s where this guide comes in! We’re bringing you a list of 15 various products to not only help you cook your tofu better, but to help you make your own tofu, and while we’re on the subject of soy products, make your own soy milk.
All of these products are available on Amazon. And if you’ve ever been confused by those myths that try to scare you away from soy, be sure to check out Fact or Fiction? Soy Is Bad for Your Health and Soy in the Vegan Diet: A Practical Approach.
Pressing your tofu helps to remove more of the water from your tofu, so that the texture can be more firm and help you achieve crispier dishes. It also helps the tofu absorb marinades and flavor much better. It can be quite difficult and time consuming to get as much moisture as possible out of your block of tofu without a press.
1. Tofuture Tofu Press
Source: Tofuture Tofu Press
This Tofu Press is BPA free and dishwasher proof. It’s compact and can fit in your refrigerator easily. The price is $29.95.
Conner says, “I’ve been a vegan for 13 years and I can’t believe I went this long without a tofu press. So much more enjoyable cooking with tofu after pressing it. This press is different than all the rest as it as a tray that catches all the water.”
2. Tofu Presser Super Tofu Press
Source: Tofu Presser Super Tofu Press
The Super Tofu Press is made with BPA free HDPE plastic that is custom molded and FDA approved for food use. All nuts, bolts, washers and springs are FDA approved food grade stainless steel and guaranteed for 50,000 cycles. It’s also easy to clean just rinse with warm water or place on top rack of dishwasher. The price is $28.95.
Maura says, “This unit has pressed almost 500 pounds of tofu since we’ve purchased it and it’s still trucking like day one. It’s easy to clean. It sits in the sink if you want it to, saving more dishes to wash. The hardware on the unit hasn’t rusted. Most importantly, the thing hasn’t broken! We have broken other tofu presses but this one survives.”
3. EZ Tofu Press
Source: EZ Tofu Press
The EZ Tofu Press has centering marks for proper tofu block placement prior to pressing. The stainless steel grommet on the top plate allows for smoother pressing and eliminates plastic from getting into tofu like other brands. It can be used with most tofu brick sizes, both small and large tofu blocks can be press dried. Cleaning is easy, just place in the top rack of the dishwasher or use hot soapy water. This press costs $20.99.
An Amazon customer says, “Absolutely love this. Makes perfectly firm tofu, is easy to use, and has totally changed my tofu game.”
Tofu is a very easy product to find, and it’s so convenient to buy that you probably never thought about making your own. But it really only requires three ingredients: soybeans, water, and a coagulant. For instructions, check out How to Make Tofu From Scratch At Home, but in the meantime, check out these tofu making kits:
1. Yamako Tofu Maker Kit
Source: Yamako Tofu Maker Kit
This Tofu Maker Kit has everything you need to make tofu from soy milk. It is made with 100% HINOKI (Japanese Cypress). This kit brings a tofu box/press, a tofu press cloth bag, sheet cloth, and Nigari liquid (extracted and processed from sea water) for making up to 24 blocks of tofu.
An Amazon customer says, “It says it comes with English directions but I didn’t find them. Otherwise it would get 5 stars. Just google to learn how to make tofu if you don’t know. Everything about the actual maker is just great. I LOVE the smell coming from the wood when the tofu is poured into the box. Definitely part of the whole experience!”
2. Mangocore Tofu Maker Press Mold Kit
An Amazon customer says, “This is a simple solution, but works well. I just wish it was slightly smaller, as it is fairly large for making homemade tofu.”
3. Soyajoy Premium Total Tofu Kit
Source: Soyajoy Premium Total Tofu Kit
An Amazon customer says, “Does this set work? Yes! Is there a bit of a learning curve? Yes. Any well-crafted food that is unlike something you’ve made takes some practice. But on what will be my 3rd batch of tofu, I feel confident all the work will pay off and I will be enjoying yummy tofu.”
Soy Milk Maker
1. Tribest Soyabella Soymilk and Nut Milk Maker
This Tribest Soyabella makes soymilk, nut milks, porridge, rice paste, and much more in just 15 minutes. It can even convert into a coffee grinder with the included accessories. There is a concealed heating element for safe operation and easy cleaning, and the temperature-controlled cycle yields perfect results every time. It costs $109.95.
Seamus says, “This saves money big time if you drink soymilk often or use it in cereal (which is what I do). I haven’t made tofu with the soymilk yet but based on the taste, it should be good.”
2. SoyaJoy G4 Soy Milk Maker & Soup Maker
This SoyaJoy Soy Milk Maker has an all stainless steel grinding and cooking chamber, with grind technology. It has five automatic, one-button functions for fully cooked milk, soup, as well as raw milks from beans, grains, and nuts. The advanced temperature and water level sensors make for intelligent cooking cycles. The price is $139.99.
Crystal says, “It took a long time for me to decide which soymilk maker I wanted to get. The things I looked for was: multi-functionality, durability, easy to clean, looks nice, the right size for our family of three, and not complicated to use. I received my shipment in very quick time. I studied the manual that comes with it and agreed with other reviewers that it really didn’t give a whole lot of information, but once I decided to “go for it” and make something, I realized that it does not need lengthy explanations in the manual—it is so simple to use!”
3. Tayama Multi-Functional Stainless Steel Soymilk Maker
Tayama’s Soymilk Maker has a unique, no net design that allows the soy milk maker to produce not just soymilk, but juice, paste, porridge, soup, and more. The double emulsification function grinds beans thoroughly and leaves the drink more fragrant and nutrients more concentrated, and the high quality stainless steel pitcher with thermo-plastic outer liner for safe handling. It costs $65.40.
Asita says, “Pros: cheap–you can buy two of these with the money for one of the Joyoung soy milk makers, and it does the job–I’ve only tried the “soaked beans” option, and it worked well. Cons: it looks cheap, and it’s not easy to clean after use.”
If you already make soy milk at home with a high-speed blender or want to try it that way, you’ll need a good straining cloth.
1. The Flash Store Premium Fine Mesh Food Grade Milk Bag
An Amazon customer says, “Oh these are brilliant!! I couldn’t ask for a better strainer. I make dairy-free milk like hemp milk and this strains perfectly and take two seconds to rinse out and it dries really quickly when places over something like a spatula. Haven’t needed to replace and I don’t see why I would ever need to. They might just last forever.”
2. Ellie’s Best Pro Quality Reusable Almond/Soy Milk Bag & All Purpose Strainer
Ellie’s Best Milk Bag and Strainer is designed with food grade commercial nylon mesh. It is long lasting and can hold up to daily use. The price for 1 bag is $13.97, $29.97 for 3, and $44.95 for 5 bags.
Sheridian says, “Before I bought this milk bag I was trying to use three stacked sieves. That was a messy no-go, creating almond milk that was horribly grainy. Then I got Ellie’s Best Nut Milk Bag and it made all the difference in the world. No more pulp at all!”
3. Sceng Unbleached Cotton Fabric Cheesecloth
Jen says, “We use this for straining milk right now. I am sure we will find other uses for it in the future as well. It holds up very well to the milk straining. Very easily hand clean, does not get that musty smell. For the price we paid, it was well worth it.”
Soybeans and Soymilk
To make your own soymilk and tofu, you need organic soybeans. These can be pretty easy to find online. If you aren’t sure yet whether or not you’ll be able to begin making your own soymilk, or if you want to make tofu from soymilk, we’ve also included soymilk you can buy online.
1. Soymerica Non-GMO Soybeans
Source: Soymerica Non-GMO Soybeans
When you order Soymerica’s Non-GMO Soybeans, you are guaranteed to get beans from the newest crop (less than one year old). These are perfect for making your own soy milk and tofu, but can also be used for making tempeh and natto. The price for seven pounds of these soybeans is $16.99.
Beth says, “These soybeans worked just fine for making tofu. The beans were in great shape and there are no bad beans as far as I can see. The tofu tasted terrific.”
2. Laura Soybeans
Source: Laura Soybeans
These Laura Soybeans have been exported to tofu shops in Japan since 1987. You are guaranteed to receive beans from the newest crop. They are non-GMO, and packed in moisture and light-proof, airtight black foil. The price for 5 pounds is $16.99.
An Amazon customer says, “Laura soybeans have been consistent in producing good tasting soy milk, especially when hand squeezed.”
3. Silk Soymilk
Source: Silk Soymilk
Silk Soymilk is available in Original, Vanilla, Unsweetened, and Chocolate. For more plant-based milk options, they also have almond and cashew milk in a variety of flavors. The price for a pack of six 32-ounce original soymilk cartons is $28.00.
Josh says, “I use it in coffee, chai tea lattes, cereal… everything where normal milk would usually be used!”
We hope this guide helps you find the right products you need for making your own tofu, soy milk, or even just enjoying these products more! While you’re here, check out our Ultimate Guide to Cooking With Tofu.
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