I love cheese. I love the taste, the smell, the gooey texture when melted and the mouth feel. Because I adore cheese, I have found it hard to transition from a vegetarian lifestyle to a vegan one. Consciously it is important to me to do this. Climate change, better health and animal rights are all topics that have made me want to change my lifestyle. So, you can see it was a struggle. A struggle until I found nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is the form of yeast called Saccharomyces cerevisiae. When added to recipe it takes very similar to cheddar cheese! It’s allowed me to work towards veganism.
Nutritional yeast is found in most versions of vegan cheese. Vegan cheese also contains a variety of plant-based products. These can include nuts, soy, seeds, coconut milk for creaminess, agar agar to firm the cheese, lemon for acidity, salt for flavour, tapioca starch to make the cheese melt better, and root veggies for bulk.
Like dairy based cheese vegan cheese comes in many varieties including Parmesan, mozzarella, cream cheese, shredded cheese, block sliced, nacho cheese, and Gouda. The best cheeses tend to have a cashew nut base as the taste is neutral and allows the flavourings to shine.
Vegan cheese is often fortified with Vitamin B12; something that is essential for a healthy diet. In general plant-based cheese eaters tend to have better blood pressure and cholesterol than dairy consumers.Continue reading It’s all about the cheese