If you're trying to dry out tofu there are a few different ways you can do it...
- Take the tofu out of the package and pat it down with a clean dish rag or paper towels. This could take a while because you need to be applying constant pressure to get the water out from the outside.
- Use a tofu press to get all of the water out and then do a final pat with paper towel or a clean cloth. For a more flavor-dense tofu, press it for a few hours to remove excess moisture before marinating or seasoning. Read our top five picks for best tofu press so you can decide which one to buy.
- Make your own pressing device at home by using two plates to make a "tofu sandwich". Then, place a heavy object on top of the top plate to apply pressure to the tofu.
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Depending on which of the above methods you pick, it could take anywhere from 1 to 4 hours.
A good way to speed it up is to get aggressive with how much weight you're applying to the tofu.
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If you want to speed it up, then apply as much weight as you can without breaking the block. The key to do this correctly is to apply even pressure and make sure to not do it all in one place.
This applies whether you're using a press or doing it manually with heavy objects.
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