Now that I'm in the process of moving (yes, it's the world's longest renovation), I decided it would make a great housewarming gift...to myself. So, I took matters into my own hands and went ahead and ordered it.
The Xpress arrived quickly in a small, unassuming box that I contemplated for a few days before unpacking.
When I finally opened it and inspected the contents, it seemed sleek and well designed. It did occur to me that it might be convoluted to figure out, but a few friends assured me that I was going to love it and I hoped that I would.
Extra credit for coming with a tofu coupon!
Then I was ready to use it. I consulted the directions again and plopped in my rinsed tofu cube (am I the only one who does this?).
Then I assembled the lid, the spring,
and the top: super simple.
I placed it in the fridge and was going to leave it overnight,
but an hour later there was plenty of water separated from it, so I decided it was done.
cover with the marinading lid, and put it back in the fridge.
I let the tofu marinate overnight,
and then baked it on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 45 minutes at 350, turning a few times. I knew as soon as it came out of the oven that I'd done well; it looked professionally prepared. I served my gorgeous tofu over brown rice...
and topped it with peppers, onions, and cashews I'd sauteed in the leftover marinade.
While I knew it looked impressive, it wasn't until I cut into the tofu that I had an inkling of how great it would taste; it was my favorite part of the dish. Look at that texture! Credit goes to the Tofu Xpress, but I am super proud that I was able to achieve this level of tofu cookery. It was absolutely scrumptious.
I can't say enough good things about the Tofu Xpress, especially since most of them bode so well with my inclination towards laziness:
- it takes up hardly any room in your cabinet
- it's simple to use
- it's convenient that you can press your tofu and marinate it in the same container
- the clean-up couldn't be easier
- the results are fantastic in hardly any time at all and with barely any effort whatsoever
I don't know what I was thinking not buying this sooner; it truly is fantastic. See, I knew all along that it would have made a great gift; someone definitely should have bought this for me! I highly recommend this as a wonderful gift- to yourself or someone you know who might just be waiting for someone to buy it for them too. Don't make them buy it for themselves to find out how convenient and useful it is; you buy it, YOU take the credit! Otherwise they'll only have themselves to thank. Ahem.
*Disclaimer: I'm not, generally, a tremendous tofu fan. Clearly this is because I haven't prepared it well enough.