Tofu Press – The Tofu Box

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‘The Tofu Box’ – perfectly designed & well built.

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‘The Tofu Box’ – adding weight to the top ‘presses’ your tofu.

We’ve been wanting to make our own tofu for ages, we eat LOADS of it! It’s a great source of protein, plus it’s so versatile; you can use it for cheesecakes, quiches, shakes, ice creams, you can roast it, bake it, braise it, scramble it, or simply slice & fry it. The possibilities are endless.

Because we love it so much we are always running out of it, and when you really want some tofu it’s bloody annoying if you don’t have any in or a shop nearby that sells it. And unless you have a Chinese supermarket nearby it can be pretty expensive to buy.

There are various bits of equipment you can make tofu from but essentially all you need is a press or box, soy milk (straight from the carton works great), and coagulant (you don’t even need anything special or hard to source – lemon juice or apple cider vinegar produces great results), but we’ll go through the process of making tofu another time.

Our choice of tofu press is ‘The Tofu Box’.

We love the simplicity of it, 3 pieces of wood, that’s it! It has an authentic look & feel to it as well, it’s how we imagined a tofu press to look. And as you would expect with its simple design it’s very simple to use. It also comes with a cheese cloth and instruction booklet, so you’re all set to start making tofu.

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‘The Tofu Box’ – 3 pieces of wood & a cheese cloth, simplicity itself.

The Tofu Box comes in 3 sizes starting at £24.99 (with free postage & packing) which is more expensive than the plastic versions, but cheaper than some of the other wooden versions, plus considerably cheaper than buying a press & soy milk maker (which isn’t actually necessary if you already have a blender and a pan!). The Tofu Box is also handmade in London, England, from PFEC certified timber sourced from sustainably managed forests, and feels really solid so you know it’s going to last. When using a litre of milk the smallest size box produces a decent sized block of tofu, enough for 2 generous servings. Plus when you make tofu from scratch you can control how firm it is, allowing you to use it in more recipes. You can also flavour the tofu as you press it, so no more paying crazy prices for smoked tofu, pizza tofu, or garlic & herb tofu!

You can buy ‘The Tofu Box’ directly from their website or through Amazon & ebay.

Tofu Power!

Chocolate & Raspberry Hazelnut Hemp Smoothie

Thick, creamy & so sickly!

Ingredients

Chocolate & Raspberry Hazelnut Hemp Smoothie

Chocolate & Raspberry Hazelnut Hemp Smoothie

100g Hazelnuts

50g Cashews

3 tbsp Shelled Hemp Seeds

100g Frozen Raspberries (or fresh)

2 Bananas

100g Dates

3 tsp Raw Cacao or Cocoa Powder

Maple Syrup/Agave Syrup/Butterscotch Sauce (to serve)

Makes 1 litre approx.

Method

Firstly roast your hazelnuts, you don’t have to but it helps bring out their flavour, they’ll need 10-15 min at 180ºc, ours took 12 min, when you can smell their amazing aroma they’re nearly done! If you prefer not to have the skins on the hazelnuts you can rub them in a towel after roasting to remove them.

Put your hazelnuts, cashews, & hemps seeds in a blender with enough water to just cover the nuts, blend until completely smooth.

Add the rest of the ingredients except the syrup and add water until you reach the 1 litre mark on your blender. Blend until smooth.

Serve with a generous helping of your chosen syrup and enjoy!

This smoothie is great for a chocolate fix, due to the fat content from the nuts and seeds it should work well as an ice cream too, although it didn’t last long enough for us to try that!

The Vitamix

Okay, so you’re probably wondering – is it really worth it? We thought the same thing.

For what is essentially a blender the price is pretty HUGE, and probably one you don’t think you can justify.

So why would you take the plunge?

Well our decision came out of frustration more than anything else. After having 3 blenders break on us in a extremely short space of time, the 3rd breaking the same day it was purchased, we decided enough was enough, there had to be a better option.

Enter the Vitamix.

Vitamix TNC

Vitamix TNC with extra Dry Container

Going from £20 blenders to something that’s going to cost you around £500 isn’t a decision to make on a whim. Until we got a Vitamix we didn’t truly understand how much it would actually change what and the way we make food. Making nut milks, smoothies, soups, ice creams, sauces, butters and so on were no longer chore, they became a breeze. You can go from chunky to smooth nut butters, or chunky to unbelievably smooth & silky soups in a matter of seconds. You no longer have to fiddle about straining nut milks as the Vitamix’s results are smooth enough you wonder if there’s any point in straining it. You can throw in a bunch of frozen ingredients and have ice cream or sorbet in seconds, and not worry about breaking or jamming your blender. Even if you did some how manage to break it, Vitamix’s have a warranty up to 7 years!

You find yourself wanting to make different things and actually being enthusiastic about it. In next to no time you’ve stocked up the fridge, freezer, and cupboards with all sorts of things. And when you think how much you’re saving as opposed to buying the store bought equivalent you soon realise the Vitamix will actually pay for itself in no time. Plus you have the added satisfaction of knowing you’ve made something from scratch, how fresh it is, and exactly what’s in it.

There are loads of different models to choose from, so maybe the actual decision is which one do I buy?! Think about you’re needs and what you plan to use the Vitamix for, some of the models feature presets making life even easier so it depends how hands on you like to be. Ultimately it also depends what your budget is! If you shop around you should be able to get a good deal, or some extras thrown in like the dry container which isn’t essential but it’s nice to have.

So would we recommend a Vitamix? HELL YEAH! We use ours multiple times a day and actually wonder how we managed without one.

The Forbidden Bakery Blog

Welcome to The Forbidden Bakery Blog.

Here you will find honest & reliable information about products that we not only love but actually use ourselves. We’ll keep posts as short & simple as possible, we hate sifting through posts trying to find the part that is actually relevant , so we don’t expect you to have to do the same.

We’ll also post recipes that we’ve been playing around with and can’t get enough of, recipes that you can actually have confidence in. What’s the point in following a recipe to the last detail for the end result to be an absolute disaster? There isn’t one!

Anyway, we hope you find this to be a useful resource. Let’s get started.

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