Tofu is not just for vegans and vegetarians—anyone can learn to love it. Tofu takes on any flavor imaginable and can be purchased in a variety of textures from silkened to extra firm from the produce or organic section in your grocery store. Use tofu as a salad totter, for light protein-packed snack, or cook up an excellent tofu-veggie stir-fry.
Something very intimidating about tofu is the preparation process. I took pictures of the preparation process. Here are the steps:
You will need tofu. I buy firm or extra firm. It’s stronger and will stay together throughout the cooking process. Also, the texture of firm tofu will be more meat-like — if that makes any sense.
You will need two cutting boards.
You will need an good amount of paper towels. Grab enough for 12+ layers. I know it is kind of wasteful, but this is a necessary step. Use a towel/rag if that suits you.
1. Drain and slice the tofu.
2. Place half of your paper towels on top of one cutting board. Place slices of tofu on the paper towels.
3. Place the remainder of you paper towels on top of the tofu slices.
4. Place second cutting board on top of the paper towels.
5. Place books or other heavy objects on top of the tofu. Let sit for 30+minutes.
6. After 30+minutes have passed, remove books, cutting boards and paper towels and prepare the tofu to your liking. I will typically freeze half of my tofu for later use.