We’ve opened an account with The Vegan Kind and decided to take a leap into the more specialised cheeses available. Those in major supermarkets tend to be cheddar, mozzarella, a few spiced options and cream cheeses. But we wanted to try some of the Brie, Camembert’s and the like at are available.
So we sat down at the table and tucked into – Mouse’s Favourite ‘Camembert’, Honestly Tasty Bree, Violife Parmesan (okay – we have this all the time as it’s fab), Kinda Co’s Mozzarellie, Tyne Chease Original and I Am Nut Okay’s Fetamorphosis.
Here’s what we thought!
Violife Prosaciana Wedge – Great Parmesan alternative. The texture is good and the flavour strong. We use this all the time on pasta, roasted asparagus and just to snack. A first rate Vegan Cheese (unlike the new mozzarella slices which taste a bit like cardboard!)
Honestly Tasty Bree – This was amazing. It has a rind like dairy brie. It doesn’t ooze out like a ripe dairy Brie but my goodness it tastes great and you get the real sense that your eating Brie.
Mouses’s Favourite – Love this Camembert replacement. It looks the part with a complete rind and great texture. Tastes great too…
Tyne Chease Ltd – They have a range of cheeses. I’m not sure what type of cheese I’d call it – it doesn’t have a rind as such, but is circular and soft to cut. They have a lot of flavours to keep things interesting. Its a lovely texture, and a good taste.
Kinda Co Mozzarellie – This was the only one to disappoint. I had my hopes up as I’d read a lot about Kinda Co so was keen. I think I’ll try one of their hard cheeses next time. I wasn’t expecting a spreadable cheese (I really should have read the descriptions!). I just saw Mozzarella and jumped at it (following my unfortunate Violife Mozzarella experience). For me, a Mozzarella alternative needs to either be something that melts nicely, or that goes in a lovely fresh salad. This doesn’t do either, and has a strange wet texture. Tastes nice enough, spread on crackers, but not sure why it’s considered a Mozzarella alternative.
I Am Nut Okay – Fetamorphosis – This is Vegan Feta in a jar, marinated in oil and pepper. Honestly it’s fab. Greek salads are back on the menu now that we’ve found this. I’ll be honest – apart from Greek Salad I’m not sure what to do with Feta (maybe crumbled on figs, or raw spinach for a salad, pasta or a Vegan Spinach and Feta Pie maybe?) but now I’ve found this it’s time to experiment!
All in all it’s a great group of cheeses. However, and it’s a big however, they are super expensive – think £7-£9 per item. That makes vegan cheese a luxury, not an every day item. So for special occasions, if I want to have a cheese board – we’re set. You can check out the range of Vegan Cheeses at Vegan Kind here: The Vegan Kind