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EZ Tofu Press: A Review

EZ Tofu PressRecently, 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.

Sautéed tofu with veggies2The 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.

Full disclosure:
EZ Tofu Press provided VegKitchen this product sample for review, but did not otherwise compensate the reviewer for this post. The reviewer was not obligated to review this product. VegKitchen only chooses to review books and products that we can wholeheartedly recommend to our readers to enhance their healthy, plant-based lifestyles.

* This post contains affiliate links. If the product is purchased by linking through this review, VegKitchen receives a modest commission, which helps maintain our site and helps it to continue growing!

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113 Comments

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    Chloe
    June 21, 2014 at 10:56 am

    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!!

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    Ruth
    June 21, 2014 at 11:00 am

    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.

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    Anna
    June 21, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Everyone is going to say the same thing. I NEED IT! Tired of killing trees with paper towels.

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    Sharon
    June 21, 2014 at 11:05 am

    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.

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    Julie Adams
    June 21, 2014 at 11:05 am

    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.”

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    Jenn Meyer
    June 21, 2014 at 11:08 am

    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!

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    Darla
    June 21, 2014 at 11:09 am

    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!!

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    Tracy
    June 21, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I would love to have a tofu press, so my bbq’s tofu will be more firm.

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    Kathryn
    June 21, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I’ve always wanted one of these!

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    Karen D
    June 21, 2014 at 11:18 am

    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!

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    Patrick
    June 21, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I would sooooo love to have one of these!!!

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    Tammy jones
    June 21, 2014 at 11:27 am

    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.

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    Diane
    June 21, 2014 at 11:35 am

    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! 🙂

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    Kristi A
    June 21, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Tired of wet tea towels and using up paper towels and having to plan ahead! Would also be great for camping!!

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    Emily Giese
    June 21, 2014 at 11:44 am

    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!

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    Lisa
    June 21, 2014 at 11:49 am

    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?! 😀

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    Megan
    June 21, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I would love to try this!

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    Phyllis Carter
    June 21, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I have always wanted to try this product. It really looks like a useful kitchen tool. Thanks for the review.

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    Kaley
    June 21, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    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. :).

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    Jay
    June 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    This would be a great tool for the kitchen.

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    karen tudor
    June 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    What a great idea. Where can we get one?

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    Vanessa Bodendorfer
    June 21, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    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 🙂

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    Bonnie
    June 21, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    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!

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    Nicole
    June 21, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I’d love it to save on the paper towels and be able to add more flavor to my tofu dishes.

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    Chuck
    June 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    So many people underuse tofu because they do not have a press. This product is great.

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    Amy
    June 21, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    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.

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    Christine Usack
    June 21, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Sounds better than freezin’ and then squeezin’ the water out! Count me in!

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    Barbara Bailey
    June 21, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Have never cooked tofu. Would love to have this press.

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    Lucinda
    June 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    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!)

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      Nava
      June 21, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      I love this! Your tofu must be very literate …

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    Barbara
    June 21, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I would love one. Right now I use a heavy pan and paper towels. Thanks for the opportunity to win it

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    Joy Panganiban
    June 21, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    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.

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    Jen
    June 21, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    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)

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    Ruta
    June 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I definitely need this! I know it works better than a plate with something heavy on top of it.

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    Laura Costigan
    June 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    This will be handier that breaking out the cast iron skillet for weight.

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    Marcy
    June 21, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    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.

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    caroline
    June 21, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    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.

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    JoAnne
    June 21, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I would love to share the press with my daughter!

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    Kara Owens
    June 21, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    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!

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    Douglas Davis
    June 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    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.

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    Kristen
    June 21, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    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 :)))

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    Esther
    June 21, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I need this! I have never heard of squeezing tofu but it sounds brilliant!

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    Sabrina
    June 21, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    My tofu press is broken! I need a new one!

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    Katie Francis
    June 22, 2014 at 1:06 am

    I have ruined endless blocks of tofu trying to wring it out between kitchen towels. This press would rock!!

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    Amanda
    June 22, 2014 at 8:11 am

    No one wants soggy bland tofu! This would be so handy to have.

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    Lisa Wilsack
    June 22, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I’ve seen it in action!!!! A FANTASTIC product!!! 🙂

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    Quadri Lasisi
    June 22, 2014 at 8:41 am

    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.

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    briana Pilewski
    June 22, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I would LOVE this! would make cooking so much easier and quicker! and being quick is a necessity when cooking for a toddler too!

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    MaryAnn
    June 22, 2014 at 10:04 am

    This would be so helpful! You should see what I use to press the tofu…LOL

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    Amy
    June 22, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Would be much better than building a paper towel and cookbook tower that doesn’t always stay upright!! 🙂

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    Tammy
    June 22, 2014 at 10:39 am

    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.

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    Bobbi Pasternak
    June 22, 2014 at 10:39 am

    This looks like a great product. I’d love to win one.

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    Liz
    June 22, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I’ve always wanted one. It would be an awesome upgrade from the two plate, can method I currently use. 🙂

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    Jaci
    June 22, 2014 at 10:41 am

    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!

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    Kim
    June 22, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Would love to have one of these! Thanks for the great review and all you share on the site!

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    rhonda
    June 22, 2014 at 10:56 am

    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.

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    Jennifer Jasek-Chin
    June 22, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Love this gadget would beat using a baking sheet and dried beans

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    Candy
    June 22, 2014 at 11:04 am

    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! 🙂

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    Yvonne Gaskin
    June 22, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Would love one of these – looks like it would make working with tofu easier.

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    Katie c
    June 22, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I am sure this would work much better and be much lighter than my frying pan method.

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    imee gutierrez
    June 22, 2014 at 11:07 am

    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 🙂

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    Amy
    June 22, 2014 at 11:08 am

    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.

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    Jessica
    June 22, 2014 at 11:08 am

    How great is this?! So much better than my paper towel / cast iron skillet method!

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    Velvet
    June 22, 2014 at 11:08 am

    My husband went vegan last year, so I’ve been pressing a lot more tofu–would love to try this contraption!

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    Ken
    June 22, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Don’t really much like tofu but this might make me love it!

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    Shannon
    June 22, 2014 at 11:11 am

    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!

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    Patricia Battaglia
    June 22, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I would love to have one of these to duplicate the awesome recipes you’ve posted on your site!

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    Shab
    June 22, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I need one! I never cook tofu at home because it doesn’t turn out right. THIS is the answer!

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    Kirstin zinger
    June 22, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I’d love to use this press in order to introduce more tofu dishes to my family.

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    Tracy
    June 22, 2014 at 11:34 am

    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!

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    candy rogers
    June 22, 2014 at 11:35 am

    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.

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    Michaelene De Young
    June 22, 2014 at 11:48 am

    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!

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    Alexia
    June 22, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Because…mmmmm, tofu!

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    Patti Hills
    June 22, 2014 at 11:55 am

    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!

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    Patricia Hanna
    June 22, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Would

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    Donna Stuart
    June 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I’ve never experimented much with tofu but would like to. The press would be just the incentive I need to get started.

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    Nancy Bartek
    June 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Excellent idea!

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    Leesa in Oregon
    June 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    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!!

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    JoAnn McManus
    June 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    would love one of these. We eat a lot of tofu and this would make cooking with it easier.

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    Ben and Lauren Pittman
    June 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    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!

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    Deborah
    June 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I need to learn to love tofu; this cool tool could help!

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    Meenal Parikh
    June 22, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    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.

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    Suzie
    June 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I would like to own this press so that my tofu can be more flavorful.

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    Jessica
    June 22, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    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!

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    Lita
    June 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I hate wasting all those paper towels (and balancing a can of chickpeas on top). This is a green alternative.

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    Suzanne
    June 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    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!

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    Mandy Wilson
    June 22, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    I’m new to vegetarianism and this would be a great tool in my kitchen to help me out!

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    Lucinda osborne
    June 22, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Would love this and would be the last kitchen tool I would ever need!

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    SueK
    June 22, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I always wanted one of these…just never bought one……a plate and a pie plate has always worked for me……:)

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    Sylphide
    June 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    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!

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    Andrea
    June 22, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    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!

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    Susan
    June 22, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    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.

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    Michelle
    June 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    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.

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    Hazel Bates
    June 22, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    What a fantastic piece of kit that I would very much like to try please.

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    Ellen
    June 22, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    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!

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    Mindy
    June 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    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! 😉

    http://www.vegkitchen.com/vegkitchen-pdf-e-books/easy-everyday-tofu-recipes-pdf-e-book/

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    Henry
    June 22, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    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.

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    Irene
    June 22, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    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!

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    Anthony Dennis
    June 22, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I am a 43 year old firefighter with high cholesterol and am trying to go vegan instead of medication.

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      Nava
      June 22, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      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.

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    Barbara
    June 22, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I didn’t know such devices existed! I always feel so wasteful using paper towels! I would love to try this ecofriendly alternative!

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    Amy
    June 22, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I’m just learning how to cook tofu so I would really like to win this to keep eating healthy!

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    Kelseanna Hollis
    June 22, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    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!

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    Timothy O'Keefe
    June 22, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Totally cool gadget! I would love to own one!! :

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    Jody Lean
    June 22, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    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.

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    Dee Dorrier
    June 22, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    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.

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    Sophia Molloy
    June 23, 2014 at 12:28 am

    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.

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    Kathy Boots
    June 23, 2014 at 12:36 am

    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!!

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    Kim Elliott
    June 23, 2014 at 12:40 am

    I would love to stop using two plates and a five pound free weight. 😉 No, seriously. 🙂

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    Molly DeFrank
    June 23, 2014 at 2:42 am

    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!

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    Nava
    June 23, 2014 at 7:34 am

    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.

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    Laura
    June 23, 2014 at 11:00 am

    This looks much cooler than paper towels. I agree with the above comments!

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