Recently, I was sent the EZ Tofu Press * to try out. As I mention in all the reviews here on VegKitchen, I only review products that I personally like and can recommend, and that I feel would make life in your plant-based kitchen easier and more enjoyable!
And so, the bottom line is that I do like the EZ Tofu Press. There is absolutely no learning curve to using it; just place the block of tofu in between the two rectangular plates, tighten the screws, and place over a plate (or as I’ve done, right in the sink, propped on one side so it can drain). If you’d like, you can tighten the screws a little if you’d like a firmer texture for your tofu. The whole process can be done in 5 to 15 minutes.
I’m a fan of using tofu pressing devices. They do a better job of it than using the towel or paper towel method, and especially with the latter, it’s a lot less wasteful. I’m sure that in all my years of using tofu, I’ve gone through rolls of paper towel — multiply that by many thousands of tofu users, and that’s a lot of trees!
Pressing tofu helps it to absorb marinades, sauté to a firmer texture, and in general, pick up the flavors of whatever it’s being cooked or stir-fried with, such as Sautéed Tofu With Green Veggies, below. And if you’re using it uncooked, for instance, mashed to make something like Tofu Eggless Salad, it holds the dressing better and is less likely to get watery when leftovers are stored.
The EZ Tofu Press is easy to clean and is dishwasher safe; it is less costly compared to some other tofu presses, and is quite durable. For those who use tofu at least once a week, it’s quite a handy gadget to have in the kitchen.
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I need this press as I never seem to cook tofu right and need to convince other people (meat eaters) of how good it is!!
I have just learned that I LOVE tofu. I've been trying it in every way that I can. This gadget seems to be the best of the best! It will take my tofu obsession to a whole new level when I no longer have to to put it under a towering stack of cookbooks on top of a chopping block.
Everyone is going to say the same thing. I NEED IT! Tired of killing trees with paper towels.
I would LOVE to have this tofu press. I have looked at it on-line, but we do not have the extra money to purchase one at this time. We have been vegetarians and are now transitioning to vegan. This would be a nice addition to my kitchen arsenal, and would save ALOT of paper towels.
Julie Adams says
I LOVE the looks of this press. My past pressing is pretty pathetique. It falls apart or squishes between my fingers, or sometimes projectiles across the counter. (The day a piece landed in my husband's first cup of coffee for the day was memorable.) I look forward to tofu that I can keep contained and "well-behaved."
Jenn Meyer says
I'm always looking for ways to make vegan cooking easier and more efficient. Pressing the extra moisture out of tofu is a tedious process, and one that has limited my creativity in the kitchen. The EZ Tofu Press appears to be an ingenious solution. I need one!
Would LOVE this! Like everyone else I'm tired of paper towels and my cast iron pan!! My daughter and I have become HUGE fans of baked tofu but it rarely makes it into recipes! We eat it straight from the pan when it comes out of the oven!!
I would love to have a tofu press, so my bbq's tofu will be more firm.
I've always wanted one of these!
Karen D says
I've wanted one of these for quite some time now, and was hoping there's be a giveaway soon somewhere.
I often make my own tofu, and it can be problematic getting it firm enough for use. Stacked cans, topped by a dictionary or two. But after it's basically firmed, this would give the little extra oomph needed!
And for those days when I use 'boughten' tofu, it would be fantastic to remove some of the excess water.
And, for when I'm making a dish with frozen & thawed tofu... so hard to get the water out enough before proceeding.
Thanks for the chance, hoping!
I would sooooo love to have one of these!!!
Tammy jones says
I'm trying so hard to get my men to eat less meat. My husband is a heart attack or stroke waiting to happen. His cholesterol and blood pressure are controlled with lots of meds and I want him to enjoy eating healthier. making tofu interesting for them is a challenge. Being able to have different textures would help hold it together in recipes.
I would love one of these presses to take camping with me. How awesome would it be to have an easy way to make grilled to tofu on the go! Thank you for the chance to win! 🙂
Kristi A says
Tired of wet tea towels and using up paper towels and having to plan ahead! Would also be great for camping!!
Emily Giese says
I would LOVE this! I'm always a little intimidated to prepare tofu meals, and this would be an awesome tool for me. I need to stick to my kitchen for dinner rather than eat out so often, anyway!
I want an EZ Tofu Press because I need to save some trees! I use too many paper towels with the traditional method. This looks so easy, and it's adjustable--no more digging for heavy pots and bowls for weight/pressing. Where have you been all my life?! 😀
I would love to try this!
Phyllis Carter says
I have always wanted to try this product. It really looks like a useful kitchen tool. Thanks for the review.
I would love to own a tofu press for the same reason many others do- paper towel is wasteful and not as effiecient. I usually use plates and textbooks which is hugely awkward!! I haven't been able to find one in my area and I eat tofu often. :).
This would be a great tool for the kitchen.
karen tudor says
What a great idea. Where can we get one?
Karen, if you don't want to wait on the results of this giveaway, you can get the EZ Tofu Press on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B007LLGMG2/vegkitchenblog-20
Vanessa Bodendorfer says
I would love a Tofu Press because it takes such a long time to drain and manually express the water from tofu. And, even then, it is never completely free of water. I would love to try some new marinades after using the Tofu Press 🙂
What a great giveaway. Would love to win this. It makes pressing tofu so easier. And the easier it is to prepare, the more tofu we will eat!
I'd love it to save on the paper towels and be able to add more flavor to my tofu dishes.
So many people underuse tofu because they do not have a press. This product is great.
I would love to win this (of course)! I am constantly washing dish towels which I use to press tofu - waste of water, energy, and detergent. Thank you.
Christine Usack says
Sounds better than freezin' and then squeezin' the water out! Count me in!
Barbara Bailey says
Have never cooked tofu. Would love to have this press.
I would love to have this tofu press as my current method of pressing a block between two plates with a stack of dictionaries and thesauruses is a little cumbersome. (When I want to look up a word, I actually always use the internet - the dictionaries and thesauruses are being kept strictly for culinary purposes!)
I love this! Your tofu must be very literate ...
I would love one. Right now I use a heavy pan and paper towels. Thanks for the opportunity to win it
Joy Panganiban says
I love tofu. I just pinch off some and eat it as is. I would eat a lot more if I had this tofu press. I need this tofu press! I would keep it out on my kitchen counter to remind me to add tofu and ingredients from one or more your recipes to my weekly grocery list. I will display it for my friends and family to see and when they ask about it, I will share your face book page and website. My husband likes your recipes, also. I promise to love and cherish it everyday.
Pick me, pick me! 🙂 This is already in my Amazon wishlist. I've loved tofu for years - my favorite is to press it, dress it, and bake it. (I am almost ashamed to admit I didn't realize pressing tofu was even a thing until a few months ago. I've been vegetarian for a year, and vegan for about 6 months)
I definitely need this! I know it works better than a plate with something heavy on top of it.
Laura Costigan says
This will be handier that breaking out the cast iron skillet for weight.
It's definiteLy time for me to ditch the plates and foil wrapped bricks inside of casseroles. Boy would I love one of those. Thanks for the giveaway.
I could really use this press. I became a vegetarian recently and I just can't seem to cook tofu the right way. I suspect because it stays too wet.
I would love to share the press with my daughter!
Kara Owens says
I'm almost always late with everything, including the timing of pressing tofu vs. the timing of my rice cooker. This means I'm stacking pots and pans on top of the cutting board in hopes of pressing the tofu quickly, which usually ends up smooshing the tofu unevenly... and then the pots and pans end up crashing to the floor. I'd love a Tofu Press to keep my tofu un-smooshed and my kitchen floor free of rolling pots and pans!
Douglas Davis says
I would love to have this press. A lot of times I will make something else because I don't want to go through the hassle of dragging out plates and weights and waiting for it to drain. I also trash a lot of tofu because it expires before I use it.
I hate throwing out paper towels and stacking a tower of cans on top of tofu over a strainer and bowl which I'm sure one day is going to fall and injure someone in the family... Also think it may help get my daughter helping with and therefore eating tofu :)))
I need this! I have never heard of squeezing tofu but it sounds brilliant!
My tofu press is broken! I need a new one!
Katie Francis says
I have ruined endless blocks of tofu trying to wring it out between kitchen towels. This press would rock!!
No one wants soggy bland tofu! This would be so handy to have.
Lisa Wilsack says
I've seen it in action!!!! A FANTASTIC product!!! 🙂
Quadri Lasisi says
I eat tofu after my workout as a post workout meal. It would be great if I didn't have to squeeze out all the water when my arms are already tired from performing push ups, pull ups, and chin ups. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win this thing.
briana Pilewski says
I would LOVE this! would make cooking so much easier and quicker! and being quick is a necessity when cooking for a toddler too!
This would be so helpful! You should see what I use to press the tofu...LOL
Would be much better than building a paper towel and cookbook tower that doesn't always stay upright!! 🙂
As a busy mom of two babies under two I can't find the time to press tofu. I would love introducing more vegetarian and vegan meals to my family and a gadget like this would really help in my home.
Bobbi Pasternak says
This looks like a great product. I'd love to win one.
I've always wanted one. It would be an awesome upgrade from the two plate, can method I currently use. 🙂
I've been using a half roll of paper towels and a large heavy pot to press my tofu. This would make it so much easier and definitely less wasteful! What a great invention!
Would love to have one of these! Thanks for the great review and all you share on the site!
I would love this. I am trying to learn to cook with tofu and cannot seem to get the same chewy/crispy results that i usually get when i eat out.
Jennifer Jasek-Chin says
Love this gadget would beat using a baking sheet and dried beans
I have looked all over my home town for a tofu press without success. No matter how many towels and cans I use, I never seem to get enough water out of the tofu. It would be nice to prepare a tofu dish that my son can't complain about the soggy tofu. Love you Zach! 🙂
Yvonne Gaskin says
Would love one of these - looks like it would make working with tofu easier.
Katie c says
I am sure this would work much better and be much lighter than my frying pan method.
imee gutierrez says
I would love to get one.. it will save me a lot of time and paper towel.my family and I love, love tofu! It would be a great birthday present 🙂
This looks fantastic! Our family eats a lot of tofu. I think I've used a tree's worth of paper towels! I would love to have this.
How great is this?! So much better than my paper towel / cast iron skillet method!
My husband went vegan last year, so I've been pressing a lot more tofu--would love to try this contraption!
Don't really much like tofu but this might make me love it!
I would love to win this so that I could try using tofu in more ways. I have never used a product like this before and it looks like it would be a great piece to use!
Patricia Battaglia says
I would love to have one of these to duplicate the awesome recipes you've posted on your site!
I need one! I never cook tofu at home because it doesn't turn out right. THIS is the answer!
Kirstin zinger says
I'd love to use this press in order to introduce more tofu dishes to my family.
I would love to win one of these, I have been wanting one for a long time, but it is out of my budget. I usually wrap the tofu in a towel and balance a cast iron pan on top, too many times, the pan topples off, I have a few nicks in my tile floor from the pan!
candy rogers says
My husband cooks for us and his pants, trying to get and keep us healthy he's been using two during boards and a weight I would love for him to have something easier to use as he takes care of all of us.
Michaelene De Young says
This press would make such a great addition to my kitchen! I make tofu all the time and pressing it between 2 plates sometimes doesn't work so well. I end up with tofu juice all over my counter. I hope I win!
Patti Hills says
We started eating Vegan in April....my husband has since lost 30lbs...no exercise! I have lost 10. Tofu is a big part of it and have just started figuring out how to use it....this would be a wonderful help!
Patricia Hanna says
Donna Stuart says
I've never experimented much with tofu but would like to. The press would be just the incentive I need to get started.
Nancy Bartek says
Leesa in Oregon says
I press tofu several times per week but always have to get out the heavy pans to stack and I usually have a mess because I NEVER get enough paper towels.... ???? ... but I would LOVE one of these!!
JoAnn McManus says
would love one of these. We eat a lot of tofu and this would make cooking with it easier.
Ben and Lauren Pittman says
I would love to have one so that I don't ruin any more books. It's what I used for weight to express the liquid as it was heavy and available and balanced well. Lesson learned!
I need to learn to love tofu; this cool tool could help!
Meenal Parikh says
With a daughter who is vegetarian and always encouraging the rest of us to eat healthier, this would be a welcome addition to our culinary tools.
I would like to own this press so that my tofu can be more flavorful.
This seems so much better than my current method of draining tofu - wrapped in paper towels, in between a plate and a frying pan with a 5 lb weight in it!
I hate wasting all those paper towels (and balancing a can of chickpeas on top). This is a green alternative.
Wow, this looks like a perfect solution for my crumbly tofu meals. My high school kids have been teaching me a better way to eat and I would love to surprise them with some of your recipes done correctly!
Mandy Wilson says
I'm new to vegetarianism and this would be a great tool in my kitchen to help me out!
Lucinda osborne says
Would love this and would be the last kitchen tool I would ever need!
I always wanted one of these...just never bought one......a plate and a pie plate has always worked for me......:)
Well I love tofu, so there's that 🙂 and I've always eaten it unpressed so far because I'm lazy... I guess this press would come in handy!
I'm just starting to learn the uses of tofu, and the amount of paper towel waste that goes into traditional pressing is a deterrent from preparing it. I would like to eat less meat, and this product would help me do that!
I would have loved winning this tofu press as I rarely use tofu because of its being time consuming. If I won this I would use tofu more often. Thank you.
My husband and I went vegan back in February. He really loves tofu, but I find I can never truly get enough water out of it for it to truly absorb the flavor of what I'm cooking. This would really help me with my cooking.
Hazel Bates says
What a fantastic piece of kit that I would very much like to try please.
Would love to have one of these! I would be able to press my tofu evenly and not have to balance cans on top of plates!
This is a perfect tool to compliment the awesome tofu recipe e-book that Veg Kitchen has! LOVE this e-book, use it often, and having a tofu press to use with it.... well, that would be To-fabulous! 😉
Really love tofu and tempeh in dishes and will be attempting to make my own soon. A tofu press would be a nice addition to my kitchen.
I hate wasting paper towels, but the press seems like a pricey solution. I'm curious to learn how much better tofu can be and would love to win one!
Anthony Dennis says
I am a 43 year old firefighter with high cholesterol and am trying to go vegan instead of medication.
I didn't know such devices existed! I always feel so wasteful using paper towels! I would love to try this ecofriendly alternative!
I'm just learning how to cook tofu so I would really like to win this to keep eating healthy!
Kelseanna Hollis says
I'm dedicated to the contest, what can I say! I use tofu in my home at least three times a week & I also teach a vegan nutrition course where this product would be so helpful! I'm always telling my students that they make meal preparation easier without having one for myself to demonstrate! I would greatly appreciate the ease/time save with having an infant at home, as well as in my class! I <3 Vegkitchen & tofu, and would love this kitchen item!
Hi Anthony! You might enjoy knowing about Rip Esselstyn's books. He is/was a firefighter who popularized the term "plant strong" with his Engine 2 Diet for lowering cholesterol and getting healthy.
Timothy O'Keefe says
Totally cool gadget! I would love to own one!! :
Jody Lean says
I have used the paper towel, towel, and two plates method and this looks so much easier. I always used to wish that someone would invent a tofu press.
Dee Dorrier says
We are vegans and love the many ways tofu can be used in any dish. On the grill, Stews, stir frys... This will go to good use for our house hold.
Sophia Molloy says
I need a tofu press, I've tried to win this before, maybe this time I will, it doesn't hurt to try.I actually rarely eat soy tofu, since I've discovered hemp tofu, but when I want to use soy tofu, I would love to be able to press all the water out, the paper towel method just doesn't work for me.
Kathy Boots says
Oh goodness, what a wonderful and useful tool. Right now I use miles of paper towels and heavy pots and pans to squeeze the water out. It not only takes way too long, but wastes too many paper towels and who knows how many trees I can save by using this press!!
Kim Elliott says
I would love to stop using two plates and a five pound free weight. 😉 No, seriously. 🙂
Molly DeFrank says
I would love this! Asked for one for Christmas last year. I think Santa must have forgotten. Stacking plates atop my paper towel covered tofu bricks is getting old. There must be a better way!
Thanks for entering, everyone! The contest is now closed, and the randomly selected winner is Kelseanna Hollis. Do check out this handy kitchen tool; if you use tofu regularly, you'll find it very useful.
This looks much cooler than paper towels. I agree with the above comments!