by @Plasticfreeherbivore

DIY Soybean Tofu

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Course Blender Recipes, Cheese, ThermoCook Recipes

Ingredients
  

Equipment

  • 1 colander or similar for draining
  • 1 food processor or blender
  • 2 cheese/muslin clothes
  • 1 large boiling pot
  • 1 wooden spoon and/or ladle
  • 1 wooden tofu press

Ingredients

  • 2 cup dried soy beans
  • 12 cup tap or filtered water 2.8 litres
  • 4.5 cup water for soaking
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice or apple cider vinegar

Instructions
 

Preparation

  • Soak 2 cups of soybeans in 4.5 cups of water overnight (or for at least 8 hours). Keep in mind the beans will absorb the liquid and will get close to triple in size (so make sure you use the right-sized bowl).
  • Drain the soybeans through a colander or strainer. Thoroughly rinse them under a tap. Don’t forget to catch this water with your recently emptied bowl, you can water your garden or plants with it no worries.
  • Add soybeans and water to your blender. The amount you need to add will vary on the capacity of your machine, but my general guide is to use 1 cup of soaked soybeans to 3 cups of water, so you will likely need to process them in batches.
  • Line your colander with a cheesecloth over the large pot. Pour the mixture into the cheesecloth and allow the raw milk to drain through into the pot. Gather up the corners and edges of your cheesecloth and squeeze it firmly to squeeze out all the available milk. You’ll be left with the soybean pulp in the cheesecloth, called okara. Don’t throw this away, as it can be used in other cooking recipes. Repeat the blending process as many times as required until you have thoroughly blended and milked all of the soybeans.
  • Place the pot on the stove over high heat, and continually stir with a wooden spoon as the milk will form a skin on the bottom and can burn! Keep an eye on the foam level as the milk gets closer to boiling, it can bubble over the edge of the pot. Turn the heat down or carefully take the pot off the heat if it gets too close to boiling over. This is a necessary process to take some of the raw, “planty” taste from milk but also evaporate off some water to give the soy milk a richer flavour. Congratulations, you’ve just made soy milk!
  • Leave it to rest for around 20mins (uncovered, preferably) and allow it to cool slightly. If you have a thermometer, the temperature we’re aiming for is 70-80°C.
  • Juice your lemon into a cup, and be sure not to let any seed fall in! Once the soy milk is at the desired temperature, pour in the lemon juice and stir lightly. You should already start to see some curds forming, where the soy milk starts to clump together (that’s good!).
  • Cover the pot and allow this to sit for 20-30mins, you should hopefully see the curds (the white lumps) separate from the whey (the clear liquid around it). Now we’re ready to press! Assemble your Sourced Sustainability Wooden Tofu Press and line it with a cheesecloth, ensuring that there is plenty of cloth overhanging on all four sides.
  • Gently spoon in the curds with a wooden spoon or ladle, it doesn’t matter if you spoon in the liquid also, because this will just drain out the bottom.
  • When all of the curds are inside the cheesecloth, fold the overhanging edges towards the centre of the press, making sure there is no hole at the top where the curds may come out! Place the lid and the screw press on top, and screw it down to start seeing some liquid draining out the bottom and sides. You may need to tighten this down from time to time, as more liquid pushes out. Monitor this every 10mins or so and tighten as required for the next 30-45mins.
  • Disassemble the tofu press, leaving you with your finished block of delicious tofu! Place the tofu (still in the cheesecloth if you wish) onto a similarly sized container, fill it with cold tap water and put it in the fridge, this will help the tofu firm up. Leave it in the fridge for a few hours before using it in your favourite recipes.
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