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Making Vegan Cheese at Home!

Sunday, August 04, 2013

I have a new passion: making vegan cheese! There's a great book out titled "The Non-Dairy Formulary" and I've gotten all my recipes from it. Very clear instructions and all have been very successful.

I started out making some soft cashew cheeses that were cultured with a probiotic liquid called rejuvelac--you have to make that first with sprouts. I made a cultured cream cheese and a cultured cheddar-style spread. The other two cheeses pictured were made with tofu: an incredible 'feta', and a herbed cheese that tastes just like those expensive little tubs of Boursin I used to buy.

Here's a pic of flatbread with humuus,vegs, feta and mint. It was so good--nice to have feta back in my life!

I thought this was so impressive: bleu cheese, and the secret ingredient that makes the blue veins: spirulina! Isn't it beautiful?

Here's a Gloucester with onions and chives, looks like a regular cheddar, doesn't it?

Another cultured cashew cheese that's like a chevre----one coated in crushed peppercorns and one rolled in herbs:

This one amazed everyone who tried it--vegan brie, and yeah, it was a miracle. Buttery and smooth just like brie. This pic doesn't do it justice. It's coated in tapioca starch to mimic the rind on Brie.

I made these today and they're wonderful---pepper jack and havarti dill!

If anyone wants more information on how to make these, I'm available. It's my new favorite thing to talk about!
And even though I almost worship these cheeses, I realize I shouldn't overdo it and I practice portion control, but I admit that it's nice to have cheese and crackers back in the rotation!

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    Can you send me a SparkMail with some of the info? I'm deathly allergy to dairy and even the so called "vegan" and "soy" cheeses that are supposed to be non-dairy still have something in them (or are made in a place that does them) or something because they still trigger an allergic reaction. The one time I tried a soy cheese it nearly sent me to the hospital despite the claims of being 100% vegan and dairy free and none of the listed ingredients showed anythign I'm allergic to.

    My pizzas are so boring, I finally found a bread I'm not allergic to and I'm allergic to all the fixings and need soemthing interesting to put on them and it would be fun to add something different to salads and such too. I'm tired of being left out and not being able to eat almost literally anything now days. The list gets smaller and smaller each day as more things decide to ruin their foods for me.

    I'd really appreciate some info on this if you can pass it on to me! Thanks!
    1596 days ago
    wow - those look incredible!! i'm going to have to try them - thanks for sharing!
    1709 days ago
    They look and must taste amazing. Thanks for the information! emoticon
    1716 days ago
    Thats just AWESOME! They look great. Do they smell and taste like dairy cheese, or different but a reasonable substitute.
    1718 days ago
    Oh! That looks so good. I miss cheese sometimes.
    1720 days ago
    thanks for sharing!
    1720 days ago
    Wow!! Looks wonderful and yummy. Thanks for sharing the info and pictures. I will check it out that book you've mentioned. WTG!!
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    1721 days ago
    Wow! I didn't know this was possible. I'm definitely going to try this. Thanks!
    1722 days ago
  • BETHS60
    I never knew there was a culture that you could add to vegan cheese.

    I have been making a cashew cheese for parties for the last couple of years. It is popular even with my carnivorous relatives.

    1722 days ago
    emoticon photos!
    I will check out that book. Need to review the rejuvelac too-
    1722 days ago
  • MIMO11
    Oh brilliant! Cheese is the one thing I really miss. Your cheeses look fabulous. Shall have to seek out the book. emoticon
    1722 days ago
    I have two questions, how long do they keep, and can you freeze them? I suppose, since it is cheese . . .. if it is like the cheese in my house, you don't have to worry about how long it keeps because it gets eaten immediately.
    1722 days ago
  • SHEL_V2
    Gorgeous! And what a great thing to know about. I've been making rejuvelac for my dogs for a few years, who knew that puts me halfway to vegan cheese?
    1722 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    1722 days ago
  • BILBY4
    I teach classes in making vegan cheese so will have to look out for this book. Thanks for the info. BTW your efforts look really great!
    1722 days ago
    Your cheeses are beautiful! I too have had the cheese jello effect. Looking forward to trying some better recipes. Thanks for this blog! It encourages me :)
    1722 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/4/2013 9:57:24 PM
  • MJ7DM33
    1722 days ago
  • SISSYP63
    That's awesome! I bought Go Veggie cheeses. I am crazy about Cheese.
    1722 days ago
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