Cook Tofu That Tastes Like Anything
-Yeah, you read that title right. I cannot tell you the number of times I have gone to a dinner party, my friend proudly proclaims of how much they’re proud of the vegan food that they made me, and it turns out to be tofu. And it’s bland, tasteless, boring, and honestly, tastes like soggy cardboard. This is what has given tofu such a bad rap, which is a real shame because it can be amazing if it’s actually prepared correctly.
-Most people have no idea what to do with tofu, honestly. Despite the fact that it’s constantly talked about in our media and is often listed in recipes, they just don’t know what to do with it when they pick it up from the grocery store. Which is kind of crazy, because tofu is actually ridiculously easy to prepare. You definitely don’t have to be a 5-star chef to make great tasting tofu; hands down. Just follow the steps and tips below.
-First off, tofu has a lot of water in it, and that needs to go. Think of the block as almost like a sponge; it soaks up everything. And the fact that it’s so waterlogged means it can’t pick up any flavor that you throw at it because it’s already stuffed. So, how do you get rid of it? You press it.
-After you take a thing of tofu out of a package (be sure to open it over the sink; there’s water in there!). You can cut it or keep it in the block as you wish, but I find the pressing works better if it’s cut up into four to 6 slices. Lay the block, or the slices, on a spread out, clean dish towel or some paper towels, and wrap it up. Another method, if you’re slicing it up, is to spread out the slices and just spread them out, putting another dish towel or paper towels on top of them. Anyway, you should then take a heavy object, and place it on top. Something like a pan, or a large cutting board. Another baking sheet works, too!