There are two types of dairy-free cheeses available - hard and soft - and they make life so much easier when you are making the transition to a plant-based diet because both can be used in so many ways. Dairy-free hard cheese can be grated and sliced and used in dishes you have been used to like macaroni cheese and lasagne. It can also be used on pizzas, in sauces, in sandwiches and rolls or on crackers and baked potatoes. Some, like Redwoods Super Melting Cheezly (see below) even melts. Note: A tip for making some of the other cheese listed below go brown and bubbly is to grate them and then mash them with a little soya milk. Dairy-free soft cheeses are wonderful too and are great to use in cooking as well as in sandwiches or on crackers or as a creamy dip with chunks of vegetable.
One of the most common reasons given for not giving up dairy produce used to be that there wasn't an acceptable dairy-free alternative to cheese, that really tasted of cheese. All that changed in 1988 when Bute Island Foods started making their own scrummy vegan cheese, known as Sheese. Fast forward twenty years & there are now 9 flavours of hard dairy-free cheese, and 5 flavours of 100% non-dairy cream cheese, called Creamy Sheese.
Sheese is available in some Sainsbury's stores, check your local outlet. It is also available in many independent health food shops across the country (if your local health store doesn't stock something, ask them to order it for you, they will only be too happy to do that) and also online from:
Cheezly is a really tasty alternative to cheese, produced by Redwood Foods and totally free from animal ingredients. Soas well as being perfect for vegetarians and vegans, it's also great for people who are lactose or casein intolerant. What's more, there are no nasties. Cheezly is also free from hydrogenated fats, gluten*, artificial colours/preservatives, cholesterol and GMOs. It comes in all manner of flavours and styles including award-winning new super melting varieties. (* except White Cheddar with bacon-style pieces)
Some Tesco and Waitrose stores stock a few of the Cheezly range, ask your local store. Their products are also available in all health food shops across the country and also online from their own shop and:
Tofutti make a dairy-free cream cheese range which is delicious to use in cooking and on your favourite breads, crackers and bagels. It makes a great dip too. Tofutti also make dairy-free cheese slices. Their range can be found in most health food shops and also online from:
More and more people are enjoying the many benefits of Vegusto's award winning and ethically sourced, plant-based cheese alternatives. Free from bad cholesterol, lactose, casein and animal based ingredients, their No-Moo cheeses have far fewer calories than conventional cheese. With seven cheeses to choose from, you're sure to find something you love.
Vegusto is available from these UK stockists and also online from:
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