I had two friends contact me wanting more information on cheese.
Not just any cheese...vegan options for cheese.
I was happy to oblige them with the little bit of knowledge that I have and a sprinkling of personal experience on top.
For me the jump to vegan was always held up by cheese.
It was a food that I enjoyed, at least I thought I did.
Going vegan has meant experimenting and find new ways to enjoy old favorites.
So please allow me to present you my favorite cheeses on the market today, and these opinions are solely my own (I was not compensated in any way for this).
For starters, and my recommendation to my friends, was that it depends on what type of cheese you want to determine what company I would go with.
For example my favorite Parmesan substitute is:
It has the consistency and similar flavor to that of regular parm.
Sometimes with a sandwich I like to have a melted slice of cheese, my preference is for (by Galaxy Nutritional Foods, same makers of the parm):
The cheese melts nicely on a bun. It has the same consistency of conventional cheese slices (I think you would be hard pressed to know the difference in a taste test).
One of my favorite foods to eat is pizza. Where as I was not a huge mozzarella fan I think people look at you a little weird if you eat naked pizza...enter Daiya:
When melted it is gooey and stretchy. If I don't feel like making pizza at home I have found that Brixx and Mellow Mushroom both offer daiya as an alternative (without any extra charge).
Lastly cream cheese.
I have a tie here for favorite:
Tofutti and Follow Your Heart both have a smooth and spreadable product. Neither has an odd flavor to it, in fact the flavor is more more mild than traditional cream cheese.
In additional to spreading easily on bagels they also perform admirably in baking projects (and have made it possible to still enjoy cheesecake).
This by no means an exhaustive list, as there are products out there that I have seen in my local stores (like Daiya sliced cheese).
Additionally I have done very very minimal experimentation in the making of my own cheeses...although I did make this cheese spread from Dianne over at Veggie Girl.
Do you eat vegan cheeses? If so which ones?
Have you tried making your own? If so link up a recipe?
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I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday and I will be mofoing it again tomorrow!