***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation has been provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
So, since I am such a fan of cheese in general, the idea of Vegan, non-dairy cheese has always seemed a bit scary and unappetizing to me. I mean, how can anyone replicate the creamy deliciousness that is cheese without using any dairy products? To me, it has always sounded like a weird conspiracy, and I have always secretly mourned for my Vegan friends and their lives that are devoid of ooey-gooey, cheesy goodness.
Then I was introduced to Miyoko's Kitchen. This, my friends, was a game-changer.
Until now from acclaimed vegan author, chef and TV host Miyoko Schinner!
ABOUT MIYOKO'S KITCHEN :
“I’d go vegan, but I just can’t give up cheese.”
Indeed – the lure of cheese is strong, and many of us have fallen to its siren call. We hope to be able to answer that call with the most delectable whole-foods, plant-based cheeses in the world! Our products were created by Miyoko Schinner, who embarked on a mission to recreate the range of flavors and textures she had once enjoyed from dairy cheeses before becoming vegan. Several years of experimentation culminated in the publication of her groundbreaking book, Artisan Vegan Cheese (Book Publishing Co., 2012), which she hoped would inspire others to make their own.
Despite the success of the book, people frequently requested that she simply make and sell them. To satisfy this demand, she assembled an amazing team of passionate vegans with expertise in different areas, and Miyoko’s Kitchen was born! Today, Miyoko’s Kitchen ships to all 50 States, is available inselect retailers, and has a distributor in Australia. Isn’t it time you came into The Kitchen?
OUR REVIEW :
We received a nice assortment of Miyoko's Kitchen Cultured Nut products to try for ourselves. I say Cultured Nut Products, because technically, this cannot legally be called cheese in the state of California since it doesn't contain dairy. Really, just think of that as a fancy, sophisticated way of saying Vegan Cheese. They are one and the same.
We received several delectable varieties, such as Fresh Loire Valley In A Fig Leaf, Country Style Herbes de Provence, High Sierra Rustic Alpine, Classic Double Cream Chive, and Double Cream Sundried Tomato Garlic. Don't these flavors sound amazing?!
The Fresh Loire Valley is a softer cheese, and has a very unique flavor that gets sharper as it ages. This is really wonderful paired with fruit, on toast points, or even just spread on crackers.
The consistency is pretty amazing, too. It really does resemble cheese! This product is made from cashews, chickpeas, California wine, and a secret blend of spices. Oh, I should mention, all of Miyoko's Kitchen products are made from only the finest, organic ingredients.
This cheese is mild and a little tangy. It's slightly hard when you slice it, but turns creamy as you eat it. This cheese is also wonderful with bread or crackers, but is surprisingly delicious crumbled onto a salad full of veggies and mixed greens.
This cheese is harder, and can be enjoyed on a sandwich, with breads or crackers, with fruit, or it can even be melted to make some sinfully delicious sauces. (Just melt it with some non-dairy milk....Or dairy, if you're not vegan. Although that may kind of defeat the purpose.)
I really, really, REALLY like this flavor. A lot. I may or may not be guilty of hiding it in the back of the fridge so no one else touches it. Okay, I am totally guilty of this. I'm pretty amazed that as a hardcore cheese lover, I like this as much as I do. If someone served this to me and didn't tell me it wasn't "real cheese", I would never, ever know it. Yep. This stuff is pretty mind-blowing!
Whether you're Vegan, Vegetarian, or are just trying to cut dairy from your diet, I would absolutely recommend giving Miyoko's Kitchen a try. These products are Organic and Non-GMO, and they're creamy, delicious, and very convincing alternatives to actual cheese. I will be picking up a few of these cheeses to serve during Holiday parties. After all, my Vegan friends and family shouldn't be condemned to a life without cheesy goodness. Thanks to Miyoko's Kitchen, they don't have to.
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