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    Vegan cheese?!

    I am just beginning to venture into the world of veganism by greatly reducing my dairy and meat intake, was wondering whether anyone knew of any decent vegan cheeses? It just seems that all the ones I have tried so far are plasticky and just yuck 😝


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    That sums them up pretty well. My daughter likes violife slices, they're not cheap but seem to mimic the real thing, she still consumes dairy but prefers these.

    For cheese sauces I make my own to use on lasagna, nachos & pizza.
    Melt some butter in a pan, add flour & stir into a ball, add milk, stir lots then add veg stock slowly simmer, add some yeast flakes & wait for it to thicken. Surprisingly good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FriedOnion View Post
    That sums them up pretty well. My daughter likes violife slices, they're not cheap but seem to mimic the real thing, she still consumes dairy but prefers these.

    For cheese sauces I make my own to use on lasagna, nachos & pizza.
    Melt some butter in a pan, add flour & stir into a ball, add milk, stir lots then add veg stock slowly simmer, add some yeast flakes & wait for it to thicken. Surprisingly good.
    I must admit to not knowing too much about the vegan diet but even I know butter and milk must be off the menu surely

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    Just bought some, blue style 'sheese' says animal free foods, so guess its the stuff..anyway, I love it, will be trying the other types in the range.dosnt look like blue cheese, but taste is there x

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    Quote Originally Posted by aman View Post
    I must admit to not knowing too much about the vegan diet but even I know butter and milk must be off the menu surely

    paul
    Haha yes. For butter substitute I prefer Pure sunflower spread though Vitalite is good, there are others available as well. Milk substitute I use Oatly which is made in Europe, so no rainforest destruction or massive food miles.

    The Oatly motto is: It's like milk but made for humans.
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    I will have to try out the cheese sauce idea!

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    We love oatly here to, yum! X
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    I've just had a nibble on some violife cheese and I'm quite impressed. I'm not vegan, so I haven't forgotten what cheese tastes like, but, this stuff was strangely convincing. It's been about 10 years since I last tried a vegan cheese and it seems they've advanced a little!
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    Thats the one iv settled on,and...it melts! missed my cheese on toast,lol,lhe one with herbs is nice xx

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    Another vote for Violife, yum!

    My boyfriend makes some cheese-ish 'sprinkles', from pine nuts mashed up in a pestle and mortar with nutritional yeast, shop brought breadcrumbs and a little onion powder, which is nice on pizza. We make plain crisps cheese and onion-y by sprinkling nutritional yeast and onion powder on too.

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    Nutritional yeast has so many uses & tastes good when it's nutty, the old feet taste it can develop is a bit off putting.

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    I like violife too though i find it weirdly addictive and it kind of sticks to my teeth. I tried vegusto melty cheese at the weekend and think it`s my favourite yet

    http://vegusto.co.uk/dairy-free-prod...144054052.html

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    Where did you get that from Emma? Can you get it in supermarkets?

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    Daiya cheese is available in the grocery stores here, and is really good. It melts on pizza like real cheese. It is surprising that it is available here, since my wife and I are the only vegans within 100 km. I guess it's the lactose-free crowd that they are marketing it to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starling View Post
    Where did you get that from Emma? Can you get it in supermarkets?
    Nah it`s fairly new so i`ve only ever seen in health food shops or online. It`s quite pricey but is in a league of its own compared to other vegan cheeses. There`s loads of flavours the piquant one is particularly nice..

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithBC View Post
    I guess it's the lactose-free crowd that they are marketing it to.
    Yeah all the allergic people out there have made veganism a lot easier

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    I've just eaten a lump of the Tesco "free from" own brand soya cheese

    Actually it started off nice, but after about 5 minutes my mouth started to taste like it'd eaten a dirty inner tube dipped in (ten year old) washing up liquid!

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    Wont be going for that one then lolx

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    Ive found the nicest cheese to be VEGOURMET from Veggie stuff! really good! But i do also enjoy Tescos own brand!

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    Just realised they're now selling Violife in some large Tesco stores - in their refrigerated "Free From" section.

    I just tried it tonight and think it's the best one I've tasted yet - very mild though, but still.

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    I think violife might be the closest yet to real cheese..

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    Violife is going to be my downfall

    Since discovering it, and subsequently finding it for sale in Tesco, Asda and Waitrose, I think I've eaten half a tonne of the stuff

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    Haha! It's too expensive for me to eat much of it but a good occasional snack when I fancy some piccalilli or something; I only really eat it for the sauces.

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