I saw an episode on the Reserve Channel about making Tofu: http://youtu.be/08hPqd9sWzw
So easy, I thought! And really it is easy, but rather time consuming. Here are the steps:
- soak soybeans overnight
- drain, rinse, add more water and blend - they need to be a smooth mush
- add the slurry to boiling water and let it cook (I dunno, maybe 20 minutes)
- keep an eye on it! (soy) milk doesn't boil, it boils-over!
- let it cool a bit and then strain through cheesecloth, keeping the milk
- the leftover soy mush can be used in veggie burgers
Now, here's how the most simple tofu is made:
- Pour the soy milk into a wide pan and set the heat to a low simmer
- after a few minutes, a skin will form on the top - that's the TOFU!
- carefully remove the skin, it's best to let it fold in half, making a semi-circle
- keep removing the skin as it forms, keeping the finished sheets covered with a damp cloth
This is tofu in its purest form - no thickeners or coagulants, just the soy. It's best to use them right away, but they keep a few days in the fridge.
Check back soon to see how these (eerily-skin-like) tofu sheets become part of a delicious appetizer.