We've had fun experimenting with our Wondermill Grain Mill and making almost anything into flour lately. We've made everything from quick and easy banana bread to rice milk! I am happy to tell you we haven't been disappointed once. The part that gets me every time is how expensive it is to buy most of these flours or items in a health food store or even the local supermarket. When I look at how much I save by buying soya beans, rice, and quinoa in bulk and then turning them into flour on my own I am truly shocked.
Our latest test recipe was tofu! Yes homemade tofu!
Make Tofu at Home – A Simple Recipe
- 6 cups water
- 2 cups soy flour (finer the better)
- 3 T vinegar (or lemon juice)
- Add the hot water to the large pot and bring to a boil on high.
- Reduce heat slightly but maintain the boil, slowly add or sift in the soy flour, whisking as you add. Stir constantly to prevent lumps and from the pot overflowing.
- Continue stirring on high heat until the pot returns to a boil. Be careful because it will boil over very easily.
- Carefully add the 3 T vinegar as you stir slowly. You will see that it will start to form curds and a clear liquid.
- Remove pot from heat and line a colander with cheesecloth. Place the colander over a large bowl or pot and pour curds into the lined colander. Gently run the mixture under cool water to cool it down.
- Taking the corners and edges of the cheesecloth twist them together to remove the extra moisture from the mixture. The more liquid you squeeze out the firmer the tofu.
- Shape tofu however you wish, I used a rectangle container but a tofu press would be perfect. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use!
I did the breakdown on how much the ingredients cost me:
- Soya beans – .42¢
- Vinegar – .10¢
- Water – free
So rounding up maybe a whole .60¢ and then there is my time of course but honestly other than waiting for the water to boil, which I used to get all set up and make my flour, it went quick and was super simple. I saved at least $4 on my first batch of homemade tofu! A peek at the steps, which are easy once you've read through them and take your time to make sure you can play close attention while adding to prevent boil overs:
And that's it! All you have to do is remove the water to make the tofu as firm as you choose. Grab a press or container and shape your tofu. Easy peasy and cheap! I'm impressed with theWondermill Grain Mill, it is definitely a keeper in the kitchen!