Navigating a stormy sea of vegan cheese

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.

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The cheese in question? VBites Cheezly Hard Italian Style.

The verdict? Stinky. Tasted like it smelt. Definitely avoid eating it on its own!

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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!

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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!

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