How to Drain your Tofu!

As you may know, tofu is stored in a little tub of water at the stores and since tofu is absorbent, that means it’s full of water when you first open it. When I first started cooking tofu, it took me awhile to realize why draining tofu is a good thing. Tofu absorbs much more flavor when drained, fries better in scrambles or other tofu dishes, and just has a better, more chewy texture. Here are two methods that I use, depending on how much time I have to cook. The longer version definitely drains the tofu better, however the quicker version will get the job done.

 

 

 

How to Drain your Tofu

By Noela Published: February 3, 2013

    As you may know, tofu is stored in a little tub of water at the stores and since tofu is absorbent, that means it's full of water when …

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      1. Long Version: Wrap your tofu, still in the block form, in a washcloth or hankerchief (sometimes when I forget to do my laundry, I have to get creative with the wrappings, as you can see.) Don't use paper towels or napkins because the wet paper will stick to the tofu and it will be hard to get off.
      2. Once the tofu is wrapped, place it into a shallow bowl or baking pan. Place a heavy object, such as a textbook, carton of soymilk, or bag of potatoes (again, you gotta get creative) on top of the tofu. So the tofu is going to sit there for about 45 minutes and every 10 minutes or so, you should dump out the water that collects in the bottom of the bowl/pan so that the tofu doesn't re-absorb it. At the end, you can unwrap the tofu and squeeze out any remaining water.
      3. Quick Version: Take your tofu over a bowl or over the sink. Cup your hands over the tofu, being sure to cover the tofu well. Your hands are basically going to act as a strainer in this case and you want to make holes large enough for water to leak out but so that no tofu gets squeezed out. Squeeze the tofu really well untill water drains out. You can rotate the tofu to get all sides of it. You should do this for about 5 to 10 minutes, until you feel the tofu has been drained enough.