One of the hardest parts of being a new vegan (or even an old seasoned vegan) is trying to keep up with all the new products out there. I must have spent over $50 looking for the "right" vegan cheese my first year being a vegan and I have over 50 vegan/vegetarian cookbooks in my arsenal but not all the recipes are the greatest. I’m the first born so I’m used to being a Guinea Pig and now I’m your Vegan Guinea Pig. So here are my recommendations and critiques. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Joys of the TofuXpress

Howdy! I have been on quite a hiatus for much of the month of November but never fear your Vegan Guinea Pig is back and eating and reading up a storm to give you guys some great new reviews. First on deck, TofuXpress.

When TofuXpress first showed up on the market a little under a year ago I was ecstatic! I've never been the greatest at pressing all the water out of tofu. Wrapping it in towels, then weighting it, changing the towels and weighting it again or attempting to squeeze it as hard as possible without breaking the form of the tofu were both unattractive options but there has never been alternative. I headed to the TofuXpress website to buy my very own and then saw the $39.95 price tag and decided that for nearly 40 I would just suffer through the weights and towels.

But then I got frustrated. I’m a sucka (yep sucka with an “a” not an “er”) for Thai food. The first time I ever had tofu and liked it was from a Thai restaurant, the texture is just so perfect. I wanted to make some panang curry at home with that perfectly textured tofu but it just wasn’t happening for me. Inevitably my mind wandered to the Tofuxpress again but I still wasn’t quite ready to make the jump. As it turns out you guys were starting to think the same thing as me. In the last 3 months I've received at least 20 emails asking me my opinion of the TofuXpress. So I finally decided to give it a try and I am so happy that I did!

My first time using the Tofu Xpress I placed my tofu inside and let it sit in the fridge while I went off to work and class. 8 hours later I came back only to see that my block of tofu had shrunk by half and there was over ¾ cup of water waiting to be trained from the top! You can guess what happened next – Panang Curry here I come! It was so amazing, the texture was perfect. Just a little pan frying, added the sauce and veggies and voila! Authentic Thai food at home.

Once I started I couldn’t stop. Tofu Kebabs, Filet O’Tofish sandwiches from my book Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food, and of course Tofu Scramble. When making tofu scramble I like a lighter press so I just popped my tofu in the Tofuxpress for about 10-15 minutes while prepping the other ingredients and that was enough time to drain out at least ¼ cup of water from the tofu! The Tofuxpress is also great for marinating but here’s the secret – once you’ve pressed all the water out, take the tofu out and cut it into 4 sheets or cube it while still I the tofu express. Then marinate for desired amount of time and press out a little more before using in your recipe. If you don’t cut up your tofu before marinating then the marinade won’t go all the way through your tofu.

The biggest downside to the TofuXpress is the price, because really if you have a family you’re going to need more than one of these things at spending $71.95 (there’s a discount for buying two) just to press out your tofu can seem like a bit much. But when you think about it, if you’re a kitchen gadget lover like myself you’ve probably spent double or triple the $39.95 price tag of TofuXpress on other kitchen gadgets. I only use my pressure cooker to cook beans but I know I spent at least $80 on it without thinking twice, or my French Mandoline that I only use twice a quarter or so, and don’t get me started on the new Convection Oven I just bought myself for my birthday. So in the grand scheme of things $39.95 for one or $71.90 for two TofuXpress’ isn’t really that bad after all. So go on out and get yourself one!


  1. The tofu express is so much like the Japanese pickle press that I've had for years. Mine is a round model, and I've used it to make quick pickles and press tofu. It was a lot less expensive, and I love it. As you say, it sure makes pressing tofu a lot simpler!

  2. Alicia,

    I really like the tofuXpress but paying $40 plus $10 for shipping I refuse to do. Not that I cannot afford it but paying $50 for a piece of plastic is extorsion on the part of the people that sell it. If it was only the mafia in Italy selling bread I may buy it from them but only if I am starving! Otherwise, as painfull as it might be, I will go without bread!

    To Andrea: thank you very much for your idea of a picke press!!

    Thanks Alicia!!!

  3. I bought it and I don't regret spending the money. It is freaking amazing! The tofu comes out totally different than it would if you just weighted it and put it between towels.

  4. I've already put this on my Christmas list...hehe!! Thanks!


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