Teese – Vegan Mozzarella Style Vegan Cheese

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I  was quite excited to find this Teese mozzarella cheese at the Ashland Food Co-Op.  A review from a customer at Vegan Essentials gave it a 5-star review, so I was hoping I would love it. The packaging is a bit unusual, but it looks and cuts just like fresh mozzarella.

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Uncooked, Teese mozzarella doesn’t have much flavor, other than a lingering hint of  flour, possibly from the tapioca starch as a main ingredient. This cheese is gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan.

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As mentioned on the Teese website, the product melts beautifully and stretches like real mozzarella. However, even when cooked, it is a bit flavorless. I was disappointed that I preferred the pizza with no cheese over the pizza with Teese. Oscar, my dog who eats just about anything, seemed to agree. I tried to hide a pill in some leftover Teese, and he spit it out.

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My search for a great mozzarella vegan cheese continues.

 

Miyoko’s French Style Winter Truffle

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I honestly didn’t think Miyoko’s could top its amazing Double Cream Chive, but this one comes pretty close.

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Winter Truffle is an exceptionally rich, creamy vegan cheese that is best described by Miyoko’s Kitchen: “An elegant, woodsy, and earthy wheel marbled with truffle-scented mushrooms. Explodes with deep umami flavors in a luxurious creamy base.” This description is spot-on.

wtWe enjoyed this on crackers and crusty bread, but it would also be delicious mixed into pasta or risotto.

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And, this cheese goes very well with this lovely Handley pinot noir — also vegan, of course.

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Miyoko’s Double Cream Chive

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There’s a lot to love about Miyoko‘s cheeses. (A brief aside: As the Miyoko’s Kitchen website points out, “Because our product isn’t made from dairy, in the state of California, we can’t call it cheese … we’ve decided simply to go with the flow, call our creations cultured nut products, and have fun with it! After all, we’re a team of cultured nuts ourselves.” Check out their About Us page; they truly are having fun with it.)

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We’ve now sampled several of Miyoko’s “cultured nut products,” and they are all spectacular. The Double Cream Chive, however, wins our first-place vote.

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This amazing vegan cheese is soft, creamy, incredibly flavorful, and all around just about perfect. (For anyone who may be wondering, this cheese is not only vegan but GMO-, soy-, and gluten-free.) In a word, it’s perfect.

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While so far, we’ve enjoyed this on crusty bread and crackers, it’s a versatile cheese that you can use in many other ways, such as on baked potatoes. Check out Miyoko’s blog for delicious recipes.

And come back soon for more reviews of Miyoko’s cheeses, aka cultured nut products.

Field Roast CHAO slices

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Midge Raymond is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press. She is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.

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Finally, CHAO slices came to our small town. We’ve been hearing about them for a long time and were so excited to try them at last. (We love and adore almost every other Field Roast product out there, so we couldn’t be happier they’ve added cheeses, too.)

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CHAO slices come in three varieties — Creamy Original, Coconut Herb, and Tomato Cayenne. We found the first two at our local co-op and are still searching for Tomato Cayenne.

CHAO is a non-dairy coconut cheese; the Field Roast website reads, “Chao Cheese is a continuation of our fascination with combining traditional Asian and European foods to create new culinary fusions, which we’ve done by partnering with a Greek cheese maker and a family in Taiwan who makes the Chao.” Yum.

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Probably because of the coconut oil base, the slices feel a little waxy, and they are not especially flavorful if eaten straight from the package (yes, I do eat vegan cheese straight from the package). However, once melted on sandwiches or bagels, the flavors come alive, and both these varieties are delicious.

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For anyone wondering, the Coconut Herb variety doesn’t taste like coconut; it just has a lovely herb flavor, and we found it to be more savory than the Creamy Original. While we enjoy these best when melted, we did pack a sandwich one day with CHAO Creamy Original slices, and it tasted great even after half a winter’s day in the car.

These slices are the best I’ve had yet, so try them out for all the sandwichy things you’ll need. And it gets much better than sandwiches…check out the Field Roast website for their CHAO recipes.

Treeline Cracked Pepper

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While many vegans are looking for cheese to melt on sandwiches or in recipes, one of the things I missed most (until now) was simply snacking on cheese and crackers…which wasn’t always easy to do. Treeline‘s cracked pepper cheese, however, is perfect for slicing and nibbling.

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This cheese comes in a small package (which doesn’t last long in my house), but which would be perfect for a small party…probably 2-4 people could enjoy this little round of delicious, creamy, peppery cheese.

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It slices beautifully, and the pepper that layers the top adds a wonderful kick to an otherwise smooth, nutty flavor. There is no way a non-vegan would not love this cheese (gluten-free and made of cashews) — so it’s a great item to bring to parties and gatherings.

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Visit Treeline to learn more about its delicious cheese (and we have more reviews of Treeline cheeses to come, so visit us again!). I especially love Treeline’s page Why We’re Dairy-Free, and don’t miss the company’s FAQ page, which will tell you all about Treeline’s cheeses and why nut cheeses are so much healthier than dairy.