It's widely known that pressing tofu to remove excess liquid can make for a meatier final product that better absorbs dressings, marinades, and sauces. (Check out our Tofu-Vegetable Stack from this month's issue for a great recipe that uses this technique.) Every once in a while, creating a tower of paper towels, plates, and heavy cans is no biggie, but if you eat a lot of tofu, you probably long for something quicker that generates less waste. For me, the TofuXpress is a game-changer: a reusable, convenient small appliance that presses standard blocks of tofu with a simple spring-loaded mechanism.
I've used my TofuXpress twice now and found it easy to assemble and stash in my fridge. I pressed one package of extra-firm tofu in the morning and when I came home from work, the block had reduced in size by almost half! I was astounded by the quantity of liquid that came out. Last night, I left my tofu in the device for only half an hour. Even in a short time, a significant amount of liquid was pressed out, rendering the block drier and easy to crumble for some larb tofu (a mostly vegetarian spin on the amazing Thai dish larb gai). I make a lot of vegetarian meals, so this little tool definitely has a place in my kitchen.
TofuXpress, $40, tofuxpress.com or some Sur La Table locations