How To Make Tofu Recipe

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  • 2 c. Daizu (soybeans)
  • 1/2 tsp Nigari (coagulant) Utensils: 1. A square box (a plastic tofu container with holes poked : through the bottom will do). Line the container with a piece : of gauze about four times the size of the box.
  • 2 x Wooden long-handled spoon.
  • 3 x Two-foot-square cotton cloth for straining the "lowfat milk" from : the mash.
  • 4 x Blender
  • 5 lrg strainer
  • 6 lrg mixing bowl
  • 7 lrg cooking pot


  1. A. Soak the soybeans in three times the amount of water overnight. The beans should triple in size.
  2. b. When soft, drain off the water through a strainer, and pulverize in a blender on high speed for 3 to 4 min, till beans are completely pulverized.
  3. c. Add in 8 ounces of this mix to 4 qts boiling water.
  4. d. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 15 min, stirring constantly.
  5. When it starts to boil up again, don't turn down the heat but add in 2 or possibly 3 drops of vegetable oil - this will keep it from boiling over. Continue to cook another 7-10 min.
  6. e. Place a wire mesh strainer lined with cotton cloth in another bowl and pour d. slowly through the lined strainer.
  7. f. This separates the soybean lowfat milk from the mash. Pick up the corners of the cloth and gather and twist tightly. The mix is still warm, so using the long-handled spoon, force the remaining liquid into the bowl by pressing repeatedly on the twisted cloth. Be careful to keep a tight hold on the ends of the cloth gathered in your hand as you twist and push with the spoon. If you drop a corner, very warm liquid can spill on you and the okara (soybean mash)
  8. will escape. (The leftover mash is called "okara". The soybean lowfat milk is called "tonyu" and can be refrigerated and drunk for a few days if you wish).
  9. g. Place the tonyu in a large cooking pot and keep at about 140 F over low heat. In a separate bowl, mix 5 times the amount of water as the tonyu with a two-finger healthy pinch of nigari till dissolved. Slowly add in 1/2 to the tonyu, stirring constantly.
  10. h. After 5 min, add in the other half of the nigari and water slowly and stir. Cover and reduce to lowest possible heat and let simmer for about 15 min as the mix begins to coagulate.
  11. i. After coagulation, scoop the coagulated tofu out with your wooden spoon and proportionately fill your lined container. Wrap the gauze over the top and let the container sit for 5 min to allow extra liquid to drain.
  12. j. Immerse the container in a large mixing bowl filled with cool water, turn it over, gently pull off the container, and remove the gauze.
  13. Making tofu can be an interesting challenge, but be careful not to burn yourself. The price of soybeans and nigari is negligible, but making tofu does take time and is painstaking. This process has been done by hand for centuries, beginning early each morning. Only someone who has made their own tofu knows how delicious the rewards can be.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Recipe %DV
Recipe Size 969g
Calories 1215  
Calories from Fat 26 2%
Total Fat 2.93g 4%
Saturated Fat 1.46g 6%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 21218mg 884%
Potassium 2694mg 77%
Total Carbs 201.21g 54%
Dietary Fiber 15.4g 51%
Sugars 24.48g 16%
Protein 93.5g 150%
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