A couple weeks ago, I did my first vlog: a vegan food haul. In it I talked about, amongst other things, my first impressions upon opening up a packet of vegan cheese for the very first time.
The cheese in question? VBites Cheezly Hard Italian Style.
The verdict? Stinky. Tasted like it smelt. Definitely avoid eating it on its own!
I also had a packet of Cheezly White Cheddar Style which I hadn’t opened at the time of filming. I have since opened it.
The verdict? Plant-y. And weirdly sweet. Tastes like a sweet plant. Wrong.
I’ve now thrown both packs away, unfinished, which I never do normally because I hate waste. But I was enduring them, rather than enjoying them, and in the end it just wasn’t worth it.
But it’s not all bad news!
Tesco do a smoked cheddar made from soya.
The verdict? Tastes like smoked cheddar. Smells like smoked cheddar. Melts like cheese. Thankyouplease I’ll take it!
This cheese actually won ‘Best Dairy-free Cheese’ at the PETA UK Vegan Food Awards 2014, and I can see why, it just blows these other cheeses out the water. Tesco also do medium and mature cheddars which I haven’t tried yet, but I would like to. The added bonus is that Tesco is my local supermarket so this cheese is super easy to find and buy.
I won’t be buying a Cheezly cheese again, however, I will continue to try other brands. I will need to scout about for an online vegan food supplier as there are no other options in my local stores.
I would like to try making my own cheese using cashew nuts and nutritional yeast flakes but I haven’t yet been able to find the yeast flakes. I also remember reading (I can’t find the source now) that eating a lot of cashew nuts means eating a lot of fat and I’m not sure whether that’s a healthy choice. Nor am I sure, though, that eating a lot of soya based cheese is good either.
It’s all so complicated! I would like to research more into it. In the meantime, any suggestions and guidance would be most welcome!