How to Select a Tofu Press
The model you buy should meet your specific needs. Perhaps you want one that’s low-maintenance and simple. Maybe a metal one suits you better than plastic. Getting the most out of your purchase is essential. You should consider the features below before you make your decision.
Plate-style presses like Super Tofu Press feature two metal or plastic plates. You tighten the plates and apply pressure to tofu using tension knobs. This type of press has either two or four adjustable knobs. You place a block of tofu between the plates and turn the knobs to remove water.
You adjust the knobs periodically because the tofu block shrinks when water is pressed out. This process typically takes anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes total. You can usually press tofu of any thickness, shape, or size with a plate-style press.
Box-style tofu presses feature a plastic or metal container and one weighted or spring-loaded top plate. You place a block of tofu inside the container and assemble the weight or top plate based on the instructions. Once it’s assembled, the plate applies continuous pressure to a block of tofu to remove water.
Box-style presses are convenient because you don’t have to keep adjusting the plates using knobs. However, they are usually just designed to press a standard rectangular block of tofu. This may limit your options if you plan to work with other types of tofu. Otherwise, it shouldn’t be an issue.
Tofu presses are usually made from plastic or metal. BPA-free plastic that is FDA approved for food use is ideal if you buy a plastic press. Stainless steel is a common pick for metal presses. It’s very durable and easy to clean. Some presses are wooden, but these are less common.
The springs, screws, nuts, and bolts of a tofu press are usually stainless steel. Tofu doesn’t come into contact with these parts but you can opt for a press that uses food-grade stainless steel. The adjustable knobs on a plate-style press may be plastic or metal.
Ease Of Use
Ease of use is something many buyers consider before buying a tofu press. Some may find one press is very user-friendly while others feel differently. Box-style presses are generally considered easier to use but plate presses usually produce results faster.
If you want a ‘set it and forget it’ press, consider one of the box-style presses on our list. If you don’t mind adjusting the knobs a few times, then a plate-style press is worth considering. Tofu presses are all designed to make pressing tofu an easy experience compared to hand pressing and do-it-yourself methods.
Some presses require more maintenance than others. Most of them are top-rack dishwasher safe, but some have small crevices that may require some manual cleaning.
Other maintenance factors to consider are assembly and parts. Do you want a press that’s ready to use out of the box? Many models are like this but some may require assembly. Also, make note of the screws and other parts in the event that they need replacement.
Warranty Or Guarantee
A manufacturer warranty or guarantee is a very important detail to consider before you buy. Some presses such as the Raw Rutes Ninja are backed by lifetime warranties. Other models have a one-year limited warranty, and some manufacturers offer 30 to 60-day guarantees where you can return an unused press.