Pressing is a great technique to know when cooking tofu. Silken tofu in particular has a high water content, making it delicate and easily crumbled. However, pressing helps remove some of the excess water so the tofu is firmer and sturdier, and better suited for stir-frying, grilling, and other applications in which the tofu takes a little abuse.
You may think you need a fancy gadget to press tofu, but actually it can be done easily at home with common household items! All you need is some paper towels and a flat, heavy object.
How to Press Tofu
1) Start with Morinaga Firm, Extra Firm, or Nigari tofu. Remove the tofu from the box and drain the excess water.
2) Wrap the tofu in a paper towel or two.
3) Now place something flat and heavy on top, like a heavy hardcover book, or a cutting board with a jar of peanut butter on top.
3 extra packages of tofu will do it, too!
4) Let the tofu sit under the weight for about 15 minutes. Then remove the tofu from the plate, unwrap, and slice however you like: slices, dices, or even triangles!
Your tofu is now firm and ready for action!