When you are on a plant-based and low-carb diet, tofu can be your best friend. I love everything about tofu – how versatile, nutritious, and tasty it is, not to mention being super low in carbohydrate. I also love how wallet-friendly and easy it is to make your own organic tofu.
Make your own tofu, you ask? Oh yes I do – and so can you! It’s easy – just one little step away from making your own soy milk – and today, I’ll show you exactly how, step by step, with photos.
Homemade tofu is a revelation – so sweet and delicious straight out of the pot, with nothing but a tiny drizzle of soy sauce. You also will have two lovely tofu byproducts, the soy pulp (“okara”) and liquid whey. They are both nutritious and versatile (like tofu itself), so please don’t throw them away.
Did I mention how economical it is to make your own tofu? One cup of organic soy beans cost me about $1. From that, you can make 300-400g of organic tofu, about 1.5 cups of okara, and 700g of whey. Now, isn’t that the best use of $1 ever?
Now are you convinced to give tofu making a go? I hope so!
Ingredients: First, let’s gather the ingredients – which are just two:
(1) organic soy beans (non-organic might be genetically modified, so avoid that if you can): I buy soy beans in bulk from this shop, which I think delivers Australia-wide. But to start out, try your local food co-op or health food shop.
(2) nigari (magnesium chloride) flakes to coagulate tofu.. You can get nigari online. Nigari comes in either liquid form or as flakes. I much prefer the flakes. You never know how diluted nigari is in liquid, so flakes are easier to control the amount you use. A 100g bag of nigari flakes will last for years, if you don’t make tofu that often.
Equipments: You don’t need any special equipments. But you’ll need these (which you probably already have in your kitchen):
(1) a blender (does not have to be high speed)
(2) a BIG pot (the biggest pot you have, like a stock pot – the bigger the better)
(3) a wooden spoon
(4) a large metal strainer or colander
(5) a clean tea towel
That’s it – now you are ready to make your own tofu. The recipe and step-by-step instruction are below. You can double or triple the batch if you like, but I find it hard to squeeze more than one cup of beans at a time. So start with 1 cup and see how you go. Happy tofu making!