EZ Tofu Press, a Review

EZ Tofu Press

An EZ lunch, courtesy of the EZ Tofu Press.

When I visited the lovely city of Portland this past summer to speak at the VVC, I had the good fortune of finding a card in my special speakers swag bag, offering an EZ Tofu Press for testing and review. Indeed, I was keen to see this culinary marvel in action. I quickly contacted Ben, inventor of the press, who promptly and generously sent one to me.

Can I just say, wow? Wow. This little mechanical wonder is exceedingly simple and elegant in it’s design and super easy to use. I mean EZ. It’s the kind of sensible idea you see that makes you think, why didn’t I think of that? And if a lazy tofu prepper like myself thinks it’s easy, you will too. Confession: I normally can’t be bothered with tofu pressing because,well, I’m a lazy cook. But boy, does it make a difference. I even first tried hand pressing the liquid out of the tofu using kitchen towels, just to see how much more the tofu press could extract. Answer: a lot more. After putting it in the tofu press, I was amazed at how much more liquid came out of that block of tofu. I even tried it with a very drippy, somewhat mushy, block of medium-firm tofu. And it worked like a charm. I’m sold.

Pressing tofu gives it a much more toothsome texture: more meaty, less mushy. Plus, if you’re into marinating your tofu (and you should be), pressing it allows for that much more space for marinade absorption. And we should all care about marinade absorption. Never again will I cook unpressed tofu. No excuses. Not with this press around. Even just a few minutes in the press makes a huge difference. Did I mention how easy and fast using this press it? So easy. And fast. And it’s nearly half the price of competing Tofu Presses. Did you know that tofu presses compete? They do. And if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, I think this may be it. If you’re in the US, you can pick one up from Amazon (and get it shipped to you for free if you’re a Prime Member). Awesomesauce. And Canadians shan’t be left out in the cold either (it’s -25C today): you can pick one up from the good folks at Fake Meats. You can also read more about the press here.

A huge thank you to Ben who sent me this awesome press, thus improving all future tofu dishes in my household exponentially. I recommend it unreservedly and leave you with these EZ Tofu Press facts:

1) Currently $26.99 (+ free shipping for Prime Members) from Amazon (in the USA).
2) Fakemeats.com offers special shipping rates to all of Canada (listed at $22.95 at time of writing).
3) EZ Tofu Press can press virtually all sizes of firm & extra firm tofu (even medium-firm tofu improved!)
4) Pressing can be achieved in 15 minutes or less (even a few minutes does wonders)
5) Presses substantially faster than spring based tofu presses (very fast)
6) Easy to clean: small, compact, dishwasher safe, fewer parts to break.
7) Saves on paper or cloth towels (friend to the environment!)
8) EZ Tofu Press comes in a retail box with instructions and a handy measuring tool.

Stay tuned for details about an EZ Tofu Press Giveaway!

EZ Tofu Press

EZ Tofu Press

Image courtesy of EZ Tofu Press.

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ohio musings, part 1.

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

I know, I know—strange things are afoot at the Circle K. An extended period of radio silence, etc. Excuses, hmmm: let’s see. I had the flu. Twice. My laptop was force fed Gatorade. A camera lens decided it really wanted to get better acquainted with the floor. I traveled. None of that matters now. I missed you and I have news.

While in Portland for VVC last summer, I had the incredible good fortune to form a friendship will fellow photographer and Anthropologie aficionado, Kate. We hung out together for the balance of my time in PDX and promised to get together soon after. That visit happened last Fall when I traveled to Kate’s beautiful home in Ohio. Kate made sure that I had ample opportunity to go prop-shopping (a mutual obsession), showing me some of her favourite haunts and generally aiding and abetting. Let’s just say I had to borrow a large piece of luggage to make the bus trip home. She also made sure I got to taste some of the impressive local vegan scene: the VegiTerranean in Akron, The Flaming Ice Cube in Cleveland, and The Mustard Seed (Akron). I love Kate, her awesome family (including then newly adopted pooch, Cooper), and Ohio so much that I’ve already made a return trip—more on that soon in a separate post.

This first trip was a whirlwind week of prepping, styling, and photographing food, some of the results of which you can see right here.

I made the pumpkin pie using Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s recipe, a favourite of mine from The Joy of Vegan Baking, which I highly recommend. Kate made the oat berry crumble using a recipe of her own genius creation—she’s a whiz in the kitchen. We worked together to prep and style each dish and then each of us photographed the work for our respective portfolios.

Oat Berry Crumble

Oat Berry Crumble

Kate and I make a dynamic creative team, I think, which is exactly why there will be many more creative projects to come.

Addendum: Kate reminded me that she made the crust for the pie using the food processor.

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vegan MoFo: down but not out + papa tofu review

You may have noticed that I haven’t exactly been living up to my MoFo post a day promises lately. In fact, for the better part of the last ten days, I’ve been completely offline. After years and years of emerging unscathed, season after season, I finally succumbed to the dreaded flu. My entire extended family did, in fact. I was the last to fall. I’m just coming out of what has been a really rough ten days and starting to feel myself again. Wow, the flu sucks. I had great plans for this month after my awesome trip to Ohio and came home filled with inspiration despite getting off to a rocky start with food poisoning upon my return (I can’t catch a break!). And more bad news: did I mention my beloved laptop also met an untimely end while I was down with the flu? Death by Gatorade, purchased by my mum in good faith and meant to replenish my electrolytes when I was completely dehydrated. Not meant for your laptop to drink. Bye bye Sony Vaio. You will be missed. But hey, it’s not all bad news.

I had promised my dear friend Kittee a review of her really amazing cookzine, Papa Tofu Loves Ethiopian Food, and gosh darn it if I wasn’t going to rally these last few days and try my darnedest to do her proud. The review was posted last night on Cakemaker to the Stars, so please check it out. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the zine, which you can get here. The zine is really well done and well worth the $9, so please support an amazing vegan and all-around awesome human being, pick up a copy and wow your dinner guests with a genuine Ethiopian feast. And Happy Halloween, everyone!

Sauteed Mushrooms

a teaser pic, to entice you to go read the review.