homemade tofu & lime miso dipping sauce {vegan}

This past month I’ve been making fresh homemade tofu using this kit I got from Biome*. And we’re all now addicted to the tender, delicate, delicious taste of tofu made fresh in our kitchen. No more packet tofu for us – ever! Seriously, you probably think I’m exaggerating, but this tofu truly tastes much much better than any I’ve ever eaten before. And it’s ridiculously easy and super quick to make it yourself. And perfect for Plastic Free July.

We found organic Australian grown soya beans in bulk from our health food shop, and at $6 a kg it makes the tofu quite cheap as well. Of course you can use bought soy milk, but that sorta defeats the purpose of plastic free. And really, making soy milk is really simple you should be able to add it to the process.

Since we got the kit last month, we’ve been experimenting with silken (soft) tofu and different variations of hard tofu, as well as lots of ways to prepare it. I’m ready to experiment with some other beans – chickpeas and white beans perhaps?

I also want to say that it’s not just me and my family who noticed the difference with the homemade tofu. We’ve shared this with friends and family who all declared it to be delicious!  Even the ginger garlic lime dressing was loved by all the kids. 

I’ve been eating tofu my whole life, so I’m pretty good at making things up with it. Last week we made coconut curry with tofu, stir-fried tofu, but I think my favourite so far is fresh raw that’s been marinated in lime, ginger and garlic. And then last night I made a yummy miso dressing that has upped the ante a bit. I thought I’d share the miso lime dressing with you cause it’s really super yummy!

I was gifted this tofu making kit from Biome to try out. To be honest, I don’t usually use kits for things, preferring to have minimum “stuff” at home and also to make do with what I have. But this is one kit that I’m really actually happy to have in my home. It doesn’t take up much space at all, and the basket pressing mold has proven useful already for making cheese (we made simple paneer, which I’l share soon). So, while I’m for simplifying things at home – I’m also totally ok with having a few things that mean we can keep enjoying the things we like to eat, while making it ourselves and being plastic free at the same time.

Miso Lime Marinated Tofu {Make your own tofu}

Tofu kit from here
Soya beans

Marinade / Dipping Sauce:
Miso – approx 3-4T
Fresh ginger – a thumb sized piece
Garlic – 1-2 cloves (never buy Chinese or imported garlic!!)
Fresh lime juice – 2-3 limes
Sesame oil 2T
Fresh chilli (optional)
Rice wine vinegar (optional)
Warm water

Make your tofu according to the kit instructions – basically soak the soya beans overnight, then whiz to turn them into soy milk, heat & add the coagulant, then press (in the basket mold) until it reaches the desired firmness. Of course you can use shop bought tofu – the firm variety works best for this, rather than the silken soft sort.

Cut your tofu into 1.5 (ish) cm cubes.

Peel and grate the ginger as finely as possible, or thinly slice. Crush and cut the garlic into fine pieces. Slice the chilli into little rounds.
Combine all the marinade ingredients together in a bowl, jug or bottle. Add the water slowly, whisking the miso into a sauce rather than a paste. Taste as you go, and add more lime juice if need.
You won’t need any salt as the miso is probably salty enough on it’s own.

Marinate the tofu in the sauce for a few hours, then serve fresh (raw) alongside noodles or rice and some lightly steamed veges. {Last night we had a farro & roast vege salad with ours – which I’m pretty sure might be my new favourite grain}. You can also cook it in a hot wok or fry pan with a little sesame oil.  YUM YUM!

As with all my recipes, the quantities aren’t accurate so taste and change as you feel for your families preferences.

*I am an affiliate for Biome – which means that anything you purchase from my link, I’ll receive a small commission back. I truly think Biome are one of those rare businesses who walk the talk – their postal orders arrive plastic free, their products are environmental, ethical, sustainable, and they’re always looking to improve as they can.

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