Prouct Review: TofuXpress (and the winner of the Daiya giveaway)

The Daiya giveaway closed last night, and all I can say is, wow, you all really love your Daiya!  I was so impressed by the amount of thought you put into what you would make with it…and reading all the creative ideas made me really hungry!  :)

Daiya Giveaway Winner Without further ado, congratulations to Aubri, the winner of the giveaway!  Aubri, please send your mailing address to me at bobbie AT thevegancrew.com so the vouchers can be mailed to you.  I hope you enjoy trying Daiya for the first time and that you like it with your Qdoba-style squash and zucchini burritos!

Thanks to everyone that entered the Daiya giveaway, and thanks to Daiya for sponsoring it!  There will be more giveaways to come (and don’t forget the Nacho Mom’s giveaway going on now), so be sure to check back often.

Vegan MoFo 2011 – #8

Like most people living in an apartment, Erik and I have a shoebox kitchen and space comes at a premium.  As much as I like to “ohh” and “ahh” over fancy kitchen appliances and gadgets, I have to be judicious about my purchases because the sad reality is that I just don’t have room for most of them.  So if I add a cool new “toy” to my collection, it had better be good.  This little unit, my newest addition, is more than deserving of the space it now occupies in my kitchen:

TofuXpress I contacted the folks at TofuXpress to let them know that I would be doing Vegan MoFo this year and that I would love the opportunity to review one of their products.  They were so kind to say yes.   I owe a massive thank you to TofuXpress!

Pressing tofu isn’t difficult, but there’s (1) the balancing act of placing cutting boards, canned goods, books or plates (or whatever other weightier objects you have on hand) on top of the tofu, and (2) the towels to absorb the water pressed out of the tofu—and paper towels can be wasteful and small kitchen towels can be messy.  Again, not difficult, but maybe a little cumbersome (and probably downright crazy to someone not familiar with tofu).

That’s where the TofuXpress comes in.  Just insert the tofu in the small container, add and lock into place the spring-loaded top, and let it work its magic.  The water rises to the top and you just pour it out.  No balancing acts, no towels, and easy cleanup.  An added bonus is that you can easily remove the “stand,” transforming it into a lid and making the unit a perfect marinating dish as well.

I broke my TofuXpress in last night when I tried the Zesty Orange Mojo Baked Tofu recipe (served with Yuca with Cuban Garlic-Lime-Mojo Sauce) from Viva Vegan!  It was very easy to use, and the tofu came out more firm and uniform than any time in the past—even without freezing it first (I’ll admit that I don’t usually have a lot of patience pressing tofu and typically slide it in haphazardly under whatever weighted object is handy).  One use of the TofuXpress and I was sold.  100%.  This is definitely a product worth investing in, and I am looking forward to using it again and again.

Zesty Orange Mojo Baked Tofu with Yuca with Cuban Garlic-Lime-Mojo Sauce from Viva Vegan! If you’re wondering about the recipes from Viva Vegan!, they were delish!  The tofu was baked perfectly and the orange, garlicky sauce was subtle and fresh.  This was my first time having yuca and I loved it.  The garlic-lime-mojo sauce was fantastic, but the oil was overwhelming–and I even reduced it by nearly half.  Next time I’ll reduce it even further and sub most of the oil for something else.

Do you have a Tofu Xpress?  What do you think about it?

Comments

  1. says

    Now that I’ve had a TofuXpress for a while, I would not want to give it up! It’s been months since I’ve used my former book, kettlebell, and towel method. It’s so much handier to pull the Xpress out of a drawer and pop a block of tofu into it. Hours ahead of dinner (or even a day ahead sometimes), when I don’t know yet how I’m going to marinate it, I can start the pressing with no hassle at all. Plus, you’re right that you avoid that odd glazed look from non-tofu eaters about how one presses the tofu. “Your recipe involves a kettlebell??”

  2. says

    That’s funny that they gave you a free one and when mine broke (I had it for a year, but didn’t use it much) it was a big ordeal and I had to pay for shipping back to them. I’m still happy I’m getting a replacement, but I hate the fact that I love it so much.

    • says

      They were very nice to send one to me for Vegan MoFo. It’s not something they solicited (nor is it something they do regularly). What a bummer that your TofuXpress broke! I don’t necessarily like having to pay to ship something back either, but that’s the standard policy for most companies. It really is a great tool though, and I’m glad you’re getting a replacement. I’d hate to lose the use of mine :)

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