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How to Make Tofu at Home

Tofu is a nutritious and versatile food that can be used in a variety of dishes. It's made from soybeans, and is a great source of protein and calcium. In this article, we'll walk you through the steps to make tofu at home.


  • 2 cups dried soybeans
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon calcium sulfate (also known as gypsum) or 1/4 cup lemon juice or vinegar
  • Cheesecloth or tofu press
  • Large pot

1. Soak the soybeans overnight in water. This will help soften the beans and make them easier to blend.

2. Drain the water from the soaked soybeans and rinse them thoroughly.

3. In a blender, puree the soybeans with 8 cups of water until they are completely smooth.

4. Pour the pureed soybeans into a large pot and heat on medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until it comes to a gentle boil.

5. While the soybean mixture is heating up, dissolve the calcium sulfate in 1 cup of warm water.

6. Once the soybean mixture has come to a boil, remove it from heat and add the dissolved calcium sulfate. Stir gently for a few seconds.

7. Cover the pot and let it sit for 10-15 minutes to allow the curds to form.

8. Line a tofu press or a cheesecloth in a colander and place it over a bowl.

9. Use a ladle to gently transfer the curdled soy mixture into the press or cheesecloth-lined colander. Fold the cheesecloth over the curds or press down the tofu press lid to remove excess water.

10. Place a heavy object on top of the tofu press or the cheesecloth-wrapped tofu to help press out any remaining water. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes, or up to several hours.

11. Once the tofu has been pressed, it's ready to be used in your favorite recipes. You can store the tofu in the fridge for up to a week in a container filled with fresh water.

Making tofu at home may seem intimidating at first, but it's a rewarding process that yields delicious and fresh tofu. Give it a try and enjoy the many benefits of this versatile food!

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