Make Your Own Tofu

I’m interested in making my own tofu. It is a good source of protein and great for vegetarian meals. And making your own tofu doesn’t look that hard. In fact, it looks easier than making cheese. All it takes to make tofu is nigori or epsom salt and dried soybeans:

According to a recipe or two online, the process of making tofu is a bit labor intensive. You soak the beans until they are soft, blend them, run them through a cheese cloth (at this point, you have soy milk), boil it with the salt so it coagulates, and run it through a cheese cloth again. Finally, you press the soy mixture out using some kind of heavy object to get the moisture out. Then it turns into tofu.
Here’s a video demonstrating how to do it (sorry about the music):

The video uses a special mold to press the tofu, but you can also use a heavy cast iron pot lid.
Soy-based products are pretty high priced. In my store, a package of tofu–which is not even a full pound–ranges around $3.99. By contrast, dried soy beans are about $.99 a pound. So making your own tofu is a potential money saver, and besides, it looks fun.
Have you ever made tofu? Any tips?

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  1. We made tofu quite a bit in the past. I used my soymilk maker, which made the part of the process pretty simple. It’s not *hard* to make tofu, but honestly it was a pain.
    It takes a long time, and there is a lot of cleanup involved. We used a special mold to make blocks of tofu, and admittedly the tofu was very tasty, but I’m not sure it was worth the effort.
    Still, it’s not hard, and it’s definitely something you should try. Perhaps you’ll come up with shortcuts that make the process more enjoyable.


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