How To Make Tofu (With Just Soybeans, Lemon, And Water!)

Try this homemade tofu with soymilk, lemon juice, and water! Tofu is a good alternative for meat if you’re a vegan or vegetarian. It is gluten-free and no cholesterol. You can prepare tofu in different ways – stir fry, baked, sauteed, or scrambled.


• 1/2 cup water
• 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Homemade Soymilk:

• 1 cup soybeans
• 2 1/2 cups water


In a cup, add 1/2 cup water and 1 1/2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice.
Stir to combine.
Set aside.

Homemade Soymilk:

Place a cup of soybeans in a jar.
Fill it with water.
Soak the beans overnight.

Once done, drain the water.
Transfer the soybeans to a mixing bowl.
Fill it with fresh water.
Peel off the skin of soybeans by pressing the beans between your fingers.
Throw the skin off and drain the water.
Transfer half of the soybeans to a blender.
Add 2 1/2 cups of water.
Blend for 1-2 minutes on high speed until beans are crushed into fine pieces.
Once done, strain the soymilk using a nut milk bag.
Press the bag to squeeze out all the soymilk.
Transfer the soymilk to a pot.
Set it over high heat and bring to a boil while stirring the soymilk.
Let it boil and keep stirring for a few minutes.
Reduce to medium-low heat.
Let it simmer for at least 10 minutes.
The longer the soy milk simmers, the better its taste.

Once done, remove the pot of soy milk from the heat.
Add half of the lemon juice mixture while stirring the soymilk.
Add the rest of the lemon juice.
Stir soymilk in a back and forth motion.
Continue to stir until tiny lumps form.
Once lumps form, cover the pot.
Set aside and let it sit for 15 minutes.

Prepare a steamer and a pot.
Line the steamer with a cheesecloth.
After 15 minutes, the soymilk curd should be ready.
Transfer it to the cheesecloth-lined steamer.
Squeeze any excess water out.
Fold the cheesecloth tightly around the soymilk curd to form it into a square.
Put some weight on top to squeeze more liquid out of the soymilk curd.
Set it aside for at least 30 minutes to an hour.
After an hour, remove the weights.
Peel away the cheesecloth.
The tofu is ready!

Place the tofu in a bowl of very cold water for it to firm.
You can cook it right away.
You can also store the tofu for up to 2 weeks, just place it in a bowl of cold water and put it in the fridge.

How To Make Tofu (With Just Soybeans, Lemon, And Water!)
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