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Cheese [Oct. 14th, 2011|03:10 am]
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I'm fairly new to being vegan and I'm trying not to give in to my cravings for cheese.

Is there anything that actually tastes like REAL cheese and it isn't made with mustard/seed/powder or chemicals????

Open to making it myself or buying it and I no longer care about the cost.

Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: bdspitapit31
2011-10-14 08:31 am (UTC)

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I made a post just like this several months ago... I got lots of responses but I didn't find anything satisfying.

Since then, I've heard of something called Nacheez... it's supposed to be exactly like the melty nacho cheese stuff. Haven't tried it myself.
[User Picture]From: darkenedminds
2011-10-14 09:12 am (UTC)

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Check out recipes for cashew cheese recipes. Many are very good, especially for spreads and dips! Kind of cheddary. Pine nuts thrown in make them parmaseany. Macadamia based recipes I've tried were a lot like brie and other soft cheeses.
[User Picture]From: darkenedminds
2011-10-14 09:12 am (UTC)

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Ugh its late. Ignore the bad grammar.
[User Picture]From: icanseenow
2011-10-14 10:07 am (UTC)

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Chances are you're not missing the taste as much as the Casein. For me it just was difficult for some time until my body mostly forgot about it. It actually helped not to eat too many cheese "alternatives" and just stay clear, but that might have been me.

[User Picture]From: gimmiegimmie
2011-10-14 11:45 am (UTC)

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This. I avoided all cheese replacements until I stopped craving it. Now I use daiya if I need a little melty something to hold my dish together (quesadillas etc.) it tasted a little funny to me at first so I only used a little bit but I've been able to up the quantity of daiya slowly and love it now. My picky 8-year-oild brother even loves daiya (but he's never had real cheese - anaphylactic reaction to dairy).
[User Picture]From: aprilstarchild
2011-10-14 08:01 pm (UTC)

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Yup. I was going to say this. I seriously had to not eat anything cheese-like for something like six months. And then I tried the cheese replacements, and they were good.
[User Picture]From: bleed_peroxide
2011-10-14 10:37 am (UTC)

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Like another poster said, it might not be the cheese so much as the casein, which is addictive and produces an opiate-like effect (and thus why a lot of fast food smothers their food in it). You could always look up a few recipes for cashew-derived cheese if you want that flavor, though it miiiiiight not be a bad idea to avoid anything like that altogether until your body no longer craves the casein.
[User Picture]From: harriet_mwelsch
2011-10-14 12:02 pm (UTC)

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there really isn't anything that tastes just like cheese. i agree with the others who said they took a break from anything cheesy until they stopped craving it. i tried some cheese substitutes at first and was repulsed by them because i could still remember exactly what cheese tasted like. once i got used to eating other foods, i introduced the occasional cheese substitute (i agree that daiya is the best) but i don't even really want it much anymore.
[User Picture]From: rikkitsune
2011-10-14 12:50 pm (UTC)

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I found Cheezly and it was my saviour. The vegan community here uses Cheezly for pizza, nachos, mashed potato etc, etc. Additionally, Tofutti make decent 'cheese' slices that come in handy for burgers and sandwiches.
[User Picture]From: lily_lemony
2011-10-14 01:46 pm (UTC)

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When I first went vegan, I was scarfing the Lisanatti brand Almond Cheese, but now I've lost my taste for cheese altogether and pretty much avoid it. The Lisanatti is very tasty, though.
[User Picture]From: andshemelts
2011-10-14 03:22 pm (UTC)

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It might be helpful if you worked out what it is about cheese that satisfied you, then try to find a replacement with these traits. I never cared for chesse but every so often I do find myself thinking about my Mums roast chicken dinner. The way I remember it is greasy, salty, hot and crunchy so something with all those traits like chips satisfies that craving.
[User Picture]From: luker_laughed
2011-10-15 12:17 am (UTC)

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I quickly recognized that when I was craving cheese, I was really craving the protein from cheese. I upped my protein intact and cheese craving went away - unless I hadn't eaten properly.

Maybe you could look into that you just aren't eating enough of something and then just eat more of that something....
[User Picture]From: kill_inhibition
2011-10-15 01:41 pm (UTC)

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In my opinion there is no really good vegan cheese alternative.
If you don't want to give into your craving (which is probably for casein, not cheese itself) then just avoid it all together. As a vegan I eat almost no cheese alternative because I don't like any of them, homemade or other. I also do not miss dairy cheese anymore. The cravings will eventually go away.

[User Picture]From: birdlily
2011-10-15 05:20 pm (UTC)

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This is a really yummy recipe called "Almond Feta 'Cheese' with Herb Oil"

http://wahsegavalleyfarm.typepad.com/wahsega_valley_farm/almond-feta-cheese.html
[User Picture]From: italia01
2011-10-16 12:42 pm (UTC)

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Daiya is tasty as are nut cheeses.
[User Picture]From: circadian_dance
2011-11-09 01:04 am (UTC)

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I've never had Daiya, but I've heard really really good things. It's supposed to melt well and have good consistency. They sell it at Giant Eagle (if you've got one close), about $4.00 for a bag, pre-shredded.