Soledad Cheddar and Cracked Pepper cheeses

Midge Raymond

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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Here are two more cheeses from the Sanctuary at Soledad Goats.

The first is cheddar style, which was not what we expected, since the website’s photo of this cheese is white, not orange, and sliceable, not spreadable.

IMG_1561Yet the flavor of this variety is nicely cheddar, though there is a hint of sweetness, which may not be for those who are looking for something sharper. And unless the cheese has changed a lot since we ordered it, it doesn’t fit the websites description of being great “on a cheese board”; it’s far too soft. But it does work on crackers, as shown below.

IMG_1562The cracked pepper chevre style, however, does fit the website’s description (“a smooth, creamy, spreadable soft vegan cheese”), and is delicious.

IMG_1569The cheese bears no resemblance to its photos (it’s so soft, there’s no way it could be sliced) — but the texture is lovely and the cracked pepper offers a great kick.

IMG_1570This is a wonderful, flavorful cheese that’s perfect for bread and crackers.

IMG_1572Do keep in mind that we were among the first to order Soledad’s cheeses, and we expect that with experience, they are only getting better at what they do. What we like best of all is that a former goat farm is now a sanctuary that rescues animals instead of exploiting them. So Soledad is well worth our support.

Vtopian Aged White Cheddar

Midge Raymond

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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Of the Vtopian cheeses we’ve tried so far, this one was our favorite.

V aged white

The pepper gives this cheddar-flavored cheese a bit of a kick, and ironically we found this aged white cheddar to be sharper in flavor than Vtopian’s sharp cheddar (unlike the sharp cheddar and the caramelized onion camembert, this cheese contains no soy yogurt and doesn’t have the sweetness of the other two).

aged white

While this delicious cheese is firm and easy to slice, it also softens nicely to spread on bread or crackers.

aged white cheddar

If you’re looking for a yummy, soft cheddar, we highly recommend this one. And not only can you buy online, but Vtopian is expanding into stores all over the west; click here to find these cheeses in a shop near you.