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« on: April 20, 2007 08:04:20 AM »

So I'm trying to give up dairy (again...).  I've got the soymilk thing down, no problem.  Soy ice cream?  Great.  But vegan cheese?  Eeew.  (I like nutritional yeast a lot, and it makes a decent mac-and-cheesish, but doesn't sub well on a cheese sandwich or as a salad topping...) 

I've seen some recipes for homemade soy cheeses and nut cheeses, and was wondering if anyone has tried them.  If not, I'll give it a shot, but I didn't want to get my hopes up unnecessarily  Undecided

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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2007 08:17:46 AM »

Have you tried the Vegan Gourmet cheeses? I agree that stuff like Veganrella is gross, but I think the VG line is pretty tasty - and it melts well, too. Here's a link: http://www.imearthkind.com/Main.htm

I haven't tried homemade soy or nut cheeses, so I can't help you out there, I'm afraid.
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2007 09:08:08 AM »

You might want to take a look at the Uncheese Cookbook. I borrowed it from the local library. I've had better luck with the stuff in there than the vegan cheese I buy at the store.
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2007 12:30:25 AM »

Tofutti slices make a pretty decent grilled cheese and I like Follow Your Heart's cheeses on quesadillas and pizza. I used to be a total cheese fiend, and I've found that the longer you're away from it, the less you want it.
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2007 05:08:23 AM »

I borrowed the uncheese cookbook from my library too. But I was too scared to try anything in there. Looked good though: so many cheesy recipes for vegans.
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2007 05:13:28 AM »

I used to be a total cheese fiend, and I've found that the longer you're away from it, the less you want it.

It's not that way with me.  Six years later and I'm still craving it almost every day.

Tofutti slices: good on sandwiches, horrible by themselves.  MELTS
Vegan Gourmet: Good on everything else, tolerable by itself in small quantities, MELTS
Sheese: vegan cheese god (doesn't melt, but I eat it so fast I can never get it close enough to the microwave before it's gone).  Very few places sell it though, and it's $9 a wheel
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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2007 09:51:29 AM »

While I still eat cheese - I've heard that rice cheese is good and is meltable. Sorry - I don't know where to find it or anything. But that could be something to look into.
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2007 03:38:48 PM »

You might want to take a look at the Uncheese Cookbook. I borrowed it from the local library. I've had better luck with the stuff in there than the vegan cheese I buy at the store.

While I am no longer vegan....I second this response...this book was the main thing that got me to stay vegan as long as i did...and even though i am back to being a vegetarian, I still make uncheese recipies from this book and now go days with out eating dairy with out even realizing it....(where as growing up vegetarian in a meat eating household, i ate mac and cheese every day)
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2007 08:40:25 PM »

While I still eat cheese - I've heard that rice cheese is good and is meltable. Sorry - I don't know where to find it or anything. But that could be something to look into.

It is good. Better than most of the soy cheeses I've tried, but I never got over the real thing.
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2007 10:52:07 AM »

I just tried some of the recipes from the uncheeses book and I'm so excited! The block-cheeses still have to cool some more, but they look and feel and taste just like....  cheese... so far...

and I also made the broccoli pesto. didn't manage to grind the sesame seeds to a powder like I was supposed to. It was more like chopped. But it tasted good anyway and if I use the coffe grinder next time I'm sure it will turn out perfect.

I've been in the kitchen all day... made seitan from the recipe in "vegan with a vengeance" and some freestyle small potatoes oven baked with  oil and lemonjuice... mmm.. and for dessert a rhubarb marzipan crumble pie... 

phew... now I just need to wash up... maybe I'll do that tomorrow...  Wink

so... My advice to all of you who havent made their own uncheeses yet: get to it! It's actually really easy and so much fun.
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