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Wednesday, 06 September 2006

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Passionate Eater

Holy son of a man!!! You made homemade tofu!!!!!! You are a rock star / Greek god / the President of the United States Kirk!! I am in utter awe!!

milgwimper

Kirk,

How funny Jo and I were just talking about this because she can't find soft tofu anywhere! I will have to sned her some Nigari, but she might try the lemon addition.

Nice post I really enjoyed it. I love fresh tofu, but haven't made it in a long time. Well actually I didn't make th tofu I assisted, or was it getting in the way for the Grandmother...Hmmm

You are so sweet to save some Soy milk for the Missus! :)

nhbilly

You are the man! I love tofu...

Christine D.

holy mackeral!! I've never known anyone who has made tofu at home!! That's so awesome. Oh man, that picture of the soy milk got me craving some. Of course, i'll take mine with sugar and i'll probably get it at this tofu "factory" in westminster. :)

Kathy

Wow! Cheers to you! Making your own tofu, now that's something I call impressive. I feel like you should get an award or something!
I also give you credit for having the willpower to not drink all the soymilk - I don't think that the milk would have lasted till the tofu stage in my case! :) But oh man, good work!!!

Jean

Where the heck did you find Nigari?! I've been dying to make my own tofu too! I GOT to keep my peepers open for this stuff.... Thanks for sharing this recipe Kirk! :)

Jean

Btw, how do you make silken tofu?

elmomonster

"I've gained a measure of appreciation for that humble block of tofu....."

...and I, you.

Jack

You are the man Kirk! Great post

liverbomb

looks yummy! ranch99 sells automatic soy milk machines, but i don't think it makes as good soy milk or tofu than your method. you can also use calcium salts to denature and coagulate the soy protein -- thereby increasing calcium intake and keeping your bones healthy.

Ed

Is there any significant difference from using gypsum instead of nigari?

Emily

Here's to you Kirk, and so when will you be making your own noodles?

Forgive me if you've already done this...does anyone do this? would the Pho taste better...just kind of meditating on that pasta machine in the closet. It was a wedding present.

mizducky

Hurrah for fresh tofu!

I have never made tofu myself, but I've always been charmed that my 1975 edition of "Joy of Cooking", of all things, has instructions on how to do it. This is one of many reasons why I still love this book even if a lot of the recipes are dated; it's so encyclopedic that it also has instructions on making cheese from scratch, skinning wild game, boning fish, canning, and on and on and on.

Anyway, you'll all be intrigued to know that "Joy" suggests using the humble Epsom salts as coagulant. For in fact, Epsom salts are nothing more nor less than magnesium chloride! So any of you here who can't find nigari in your local shops, head to the nearest pharmacy or supermarket instead and pick up a box of Epsom salts, they should do the trick. (FWIW, "Joy" also suggests lemon juice or vinegar as alternate coagulants.)

mizducky

Oops--correction, before the Chemistry Police spank me: Epsom salts are actually magnesium sulfate, not magnesium chloride. Nigari is actually mostly magnesium chloride, but also contains a little magnesium sulfate--so I wasn't totally off-base here! :-)

Chubbypanda

Hey Kirk,

Home-made tofu. I never would have considered it if you hadn't brought it up. What an awesome idea!

- CP

Kirk

By Neptune's Trident, PE! Such hyperbole.... LOL! I'm glad to provide some entertainment.

Hi Mills - I've heard that many "Health Food" stores sell coagulant for tofu, so maybe she can check there.

Hi nhbilly - I'm the "tofu" man, right? ;o)

Hi Christine - I hope Robin is feeling better. The Missus likes Her Soy Milk on ice with Splenda.....(and a straw...)

Hi Kathy - Well lucky for me, I'm not much of a Soy Milk fan, more of just a tofu-man......

Hi Jean - Try a health food store and ask for coagulant to make tofu. Or you can try one of the suggestions below. I had thought that silken tofu was made by just controlling coagulant and water....but here's something that might interest you!

http://www.ellenskitchen.com/forum/messages/115.html

The way you cook, you'll have it wired in a jiffy!

Hi Elmo - No big deal really...I just wanted to know where tofu came from...... ;o)

Hi Jack - Thanks man!

Hi Liverbomb - Half the tofu recipes on the internet start with a Soy Milk Machine. I was going to start with Organic Soy Milk from the market...but the Missus told me, since I was going through all the trouble, I might as well start from scratch. BTW, have you tried Chin's yet for breakfast - I think you'll like it.

Hi Ed - Calcium Sulfate(gypsum) can also be used as a coagulant -but make sure you use food grade, not industrial grade Calcium Sulfate. I also read that when used well, 16oz of Nigari can make up to 250lbs of tofu, whereas 16oz of gypsum can make about 120lbs.

Hi Emily - I'll wait until my Mother In Law is back in town for home made noodles.

Hi mizducky - I read something on the internet where someone for a class project made tofu from Epson Salt, so I'm not surprised.

Hi CP - Just getting back to my roots, I guess. BTW, you may just want to do the Soy Milk part - 2 cups of soy beans made almost 3 quarts of milk, which the Missus said tasted better than what you buy.


Jeffrey C

Kirk,
Great post. This brings back memories of when I was growing up in Ohio. There was no place to buy tofu so my mom with her ingenuity made it. I recall the soybeans were in a big wooden box and that my mom would do the same steps you did. I didn't know where she got the magnesium chloride but I do recall the soymilk. I wasn't as appreciative of the taste then as I am now.
I even recall us lugging that big box of soybeans from Ohio to California when we moved over.

Jeffrey C

Kirk,
sorry for another post but I recall there was a really famous woman doctor of Japanese ancestry who was trying to get people to eat soy protein and tofu before the 1930's. She extolled the virtues of the lowly bean and even had everyone from the president to others seriously considering this vegetable protein. I think she was from Hawaii. Dang, I can't remember her name.

Hungry

Wow, I'm so inspired. When I read your post, it reminded me of this article about a guy making homemade tofu, and also of a restaurant in New York that makes tofu fresh five times a night: http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/it-takes-a-tough-man-to-make-tender-tofu

Kady

I'm very impressed!

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