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Post: # 156339Post mrsflibble
Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:35 pm

the one thing i will miss about dairy is cheese, can any vegans or dairy free peeps help me please?

i have heard about tofu cheese, i like tofu. is tofu cheese nice as a cheese alternative

do any of the store bought cheese alternatives melt like normal cheese? i locve cheese sauce and more than that i love quiche. i know how to make an egg free quiche but i have never made a dairy free one.

is unsweetened soya milk good for cooking with? is it better in tea than ricemilk?
oh how I love my tea, tea in the afternoon. I can't do without it, and I think I'll have another cup very
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Post: # 156345Post Mr and Mrs luvpie
Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:27 pm

Just going by what our middle son says, you can get cheese slices, which melt like normal cheese on toast and tastes ok, the dairy free stuff is very hit and miss, I know that you can get a cheddar replacement and a mexican style one, both of which were acceptable, but obviously not real cheese. The closest we have ever found is one made my lactofree, same people who make the milk, although it does say it contains something like -0.5% lactose if my memory serves me correctly, but we even used this one in sandwiches for other people and had no complaints.

The lacto free was expensive, so I will often buy the other types that he is not so keen on if it is just to use in cooking (what he don't know won't hurt him).

As for the milk, I have tried to get on with soya, and have used the unsweetened stuff although just for things like custard so with added sugar, but I can't stand the chalkiness of it, neither can he, so now we use oat milk constantly, seems to cook ok, and makes particuarly strong tasting porridge, as it tastes like liquid porridge already!!

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Post: # 156347Post Mylovelyhorse
Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:50 pm

Hmm. Vegan cheeses are almost universally horrid. I've tried so many of them and have decided that it's easier not to bother. Having said that...

There's a brand called Cheezly, made by Redwoods. This is without doubt the best of the vegan cheese replacements. The other brands all seem to taste actively nasty. Cheezly just tastes OK. There are various flavours, but the only one I buy regularly (ie once every two-three months) is their mozarella style one. This is a 'melting' version, which means you can use it on pizzas etc. It doesn't melt in the same way as cheese, but you can at least put it on your pizzas and it's nice!

As for milks, well that's very much a matter of taste. I don't like rice milk at all (too thin). I use non-sweetened Alpro soya for cooking, but I can't bear it in tea. For hot drinks/porridge I use So Good, which is available in all supermarkets and is in the chiller cabinet, next to the moo milk. It does have a very pronounced vanilla flavour though, which isn't to everyone's taste. (My sister refuses to touch it. She says she doesn't want her tea to taste of ice-cream...). But as far as I know, it is the ONLY soya milk which won't curdle when added to strong coffee.

Trial and error is the only way. Good luck!

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Post: # 156487Post hedgewitch
Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:44 pm

Sheese do a really nice Smoked Cheddar and also the Blue Cheese style is nice on Toast or a Pizza. In fact all vegan hard cheese is pretty yuck on it's own but if melted or added to foods (Cheese Sauce, Taco's, Pizza, Pasta etc etc) they come into their own.
For Cream Cheese; Tofutti is the far superior brand - they do an Onion and Chive and Garlic and Herbs choice is well and are very yummy spread on Crackers. Tofutti also do a Cheddar style slice which is AWESOME on a burger in a bun with Ketchup and Onions or in a grilled Cheese sandwich. YUM!
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Post: # 156495Post Green Aura
Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:30 pm

Hard white cheese

11 fl oz (300 ml) water
2 tsp agar agar powder
4 oz (100g) cashew nuts
½ oz (12.5g) nutritional yeast flakes (Engervita)
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp tahini
1-2 tsp onion granules
1-2 tsp mustard powder
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp garlic granules

1. Boil the water and sprinkle agar agar powder on top.
Stir and simmer for around 3 minutes.
2. Place in a food processor together with the remaining ingredients.
Blend until smooth.
Place in a mould e.g. margarine tub.
3. Chill in fridge overnight.

It slices pretty well and melts - and it tastes good!
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Post: # 156497Post eccentric_emma
Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:57 pm

I don't really use non dairy cheeses however I tried Tofutti on Hedgewitch's recommendation and OH MY. Amazing stuff. Got through a tub in record time.

If you are going to experiment with non dairy cheeses, I would recommend that you have a 'detox' period of no cheese/non dairy cheese whatsoever so that your taste buds don't compare the non dairy cheeses with 'real' cheese! Best to let them forget the taste for a while, then you will get on with the non dairy cheese better.

Great looking recipe Green Aura - thanks for posting that, I'm going to try it soon!
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Post: # 156511Post Green Aura
Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:57 pm

I have loads of others, which I can post if you're interested.
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Post: # 156551Post eccentric_emma
Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:48 am

I would be very interested in seeing those recipes!
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Post: # 156570Post ellie12022
Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:18 pm

Yes, looks like an interesting recipe...

Both I and my husband really fancy cheese sometimes, but we know it's not good for us.

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Post: # 156577Post snapdragon
Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:51 pm

I found it was only cow dairy that caused IBS problems. I tried Goat milk and cheese, and found they cause me no problems at all
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Post: # 156578Post Green Aura
Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:52 pm

I've downloaded all these off 'tininternet at one time or another. Although not vegan (my gal is) we've eaten all of them and they're all quite tasty.

Vegan "parmesan"

1 oz (25g) nutritional yeast flakes
½ oz (12½g) blanched almonds
1 tsp salt

Grind all ingredients in coffee grinder or food processor until they resemble fine breadcrumbs.
Use as parmesan cheese.
Can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

Italian style semi-soft vegan cheese

water
⅓ cup raw almonds
1 ½ cups water, divided
3 T. cornstarch
3 T. lemon juice
2 T. safflower oil
4 t. nutritional yeast flakes
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
¾ t. sea salt
¼ cup Cubanelle pepper, destemmed, deseeded, and finely diced
1 T. freshly chopped basil
1 T. freshly chopped parsley
½ t. crushed red pepper flakes

Begin by blanching the almonds:
In a small saucepan, place 2 inches of water, and bring to a boil.
Add the almonds and cook for 1 minute to blanch them.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and set aside for 3 minutes to cool.
Remove the almonds from the water, squeeze each almond between your thumb and forefinger to remove the skin, and set them aside for 5-10 minutes to dry and cool.
Place the almonds in a blender or food processor and process for 1-2 minutes to finely grind them.
Scrape down the sides of the container.
Add 3/4 cup water and process for 1 minute to combine.
Add the remaining water, cornstarch, lemon juice, safflower oil, nutritional yeast flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt, and continue to process the mixture an additional 1-2 minutes or until very smooth and creamy.

Transfer the mixture back to the small saucepan and place it over medium heat.
Cook the mixture, while whisking constantly, for 3-5 minutes or until the mixture becomes very thick.
Remove the saucepan from the heat, add the remaining ingredients, stir well to combine, and set the mixture aside to cool for 10 minutes.
Pour the cheese mixture into a 2-cup (16 oz.) plastic container, cover, and chill the cheese for several hours or until firm.
Unmold the cheese and use slices on sandwiches or in place of commercially made cheese in your favorite recipes, or as a spread with crackers, breads, or fruit.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

Tofu Cheese

A combination of tofu, herbs, and barley turns into a vegan version of herbed cottage
cheese.



salt
water
1 pound firm or extra-firm tofu, drained and cubed
3 T olive oil
2 T lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
2 t mild barley miso
black pepper
1 T tarragon, chopped
1 T chives, chopped

Bring water and salt to a simmer, add the tofu, and cook for 5 minutes.
Remove from water and dry with paper towels.
Transfer to medium bowl.
In the small bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, garlic, miso, ½ t salt, and pepper.
Pour over the tofu.

Preheat oven to 350.

Mash the tofu until liquid is completely absorbed and curds form.
Stir in remaining ingredients, then transfer to baking dish.

Bake until tofu begins to brown, about 20 minutes.

Nacho Cheeze
This delicious nacho cheeze sauce is perfect for quesadillas,
7-layer dip, or as a compliment to a plate of tortilla chips!
A slight variation on the recipe for Joanne's Amazing Melty
Cheeze, your guests will never know that this cheeze is not
the real thing.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 c. water
1/4 lb. firm tofu
1/4 c. nutritional yeast flakes
1/4 c. quick-cooking rolled oats
2 tbs. tahini
1 tbs. cornstarch
2 tbs. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. dehydrated onion flakes
1 tsp. iodized sea salt
1/4 tsp. fresh minced garlic
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 c. fresh salsa or pico de gallo

Directions:

Place all of the ingredients except for the tofu and salsa in a
food processor and blend until smooth, occasionally lifting the
lid to scrape the mixture off the sides and stirring it back
into the sauce. Continue to blend for at least 30 more seconds.

Pour the sauce into a small saucepan and heat over medium-high
heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to keep it from
burning or sticking to the bottom of the pan, until it begins
to bubble. Reduce the heat slightly, and continue to stir for
2-3 minutes until it thickens slightly.

Once it has reached its desired thickness, remove it from the heat
and allow it to cool. Then put it back in the food processor with
the tofu and continue to blend until the lumps are gone, adding
up to 1/2 c. additional water until it reaches the desired
consistency. Transfer to a bowl and add the salsa, mixing with a
spoon until blended. Serve over chips, on fajitas, or in enchiladas.

Or simplest of all - Fresh tofu can be pickled in miso for several days to make a sort of tofu cheese.
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Post: # 156628Post Mr and Mrs luvpie
Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:40 pm

:thumbright: Thanks for those Maggie, I might see if my son wants to have a cooking session next weekend, he has had to be dairy free for 10 months now, and he still misses cheese, in fact I can't have it in the house as it is not fair on him, he's only 7, and he really hates all bar one of the shop bought ones we have tried, and the one he likes is only in a shop 15 miles away!!! So if he is up for an experiment then we will be doing one of these, and if it works then you will have made a 7 year old boy very happy as he'll be having cheese in his sandwiches the next days!

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Post: # 157206Post eccentric_emma
Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:19 pm

I made the hard white cheese today - its in the fridge chilling ready for my anniversary picnic tomorrow! So I will let you know how it tastes. I tasted a bit of the mixture before putting in to chill and it tasted great although I think maybe I used a bit too much mustard. Can't wait to have it in my sandwiches tomorrow!!
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Post: # 157221Post Green Aura
Mon Jun 15, 2009 5:09 pm

Hope you enjoy it - what's the anniversary?
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Post: # 157241Post hedgewitch
Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:30 pm

These recipes are fantastic! Thanks for posting them.

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