Our advertising executive Sam is going vegan! Join him as he talks us through his experience of going vegan, gives his insight on the products that can help you transition, and gives advice on how to overcome any obstacles that a change in lifestyle can throw up… If you have any advice for him, please do share it in the comments below!
I, like many of you, am a certified cheese fiend.
It seems to be a great big delicious barricade stopping huge swathes of people from turning vegan. It is also, arguably, the most elusive thing to replicate on a plant-based diet.
Luckily for you, and me, there is a huge variety of alternatives available now, from soya protein based, to nut based cheeses, the growing demand for vegan cheese is delivering us consumers with an ever expanding array of choice.
The real question is; are they any good? For a run down you can check out our cheese taste test here, but I thought I’d also throw my hat in the arena and give you my experience so far.
Bute Island’s Sheese’s Garlic & Herb Creamy Sheese is genuinely delicious. It struggled to retain it’s moisture over time as well as the genuine article, however, on crackers for dinner parties when it’s likely to be scoffed in one go it’s perfect. Sheese also create some great sliced vegan cheeses – I particularly liked the mozzarella style slices, which melted surprisingly well on toast.
Follow Your Heart are possibly one of the biggest vegan brands globally; starting in California in the midst of 60s bohemia, their products are slowly becoming more widely available in the UK. Their shredded cheddar style cheese melts well without burning and would be perfect for any type of pasta bake dish.
VBites, unfortunately didn’t melt quite as well as the others I tried, however, the selection of flavours available is their biggest positive. Try the pepperjack style with chillies – it has a real kick and a strong taste – best for lunchtime sandwiches.
Vegan cheese is an area that still needs developing, but these brands are a great way to continue your cheese addiction if you’re looking to take up the vegan lifestyle for any reason – whether that’s for your health, animal rights or the environment.
Do you have any favourite brands you think I should try? Let me know in the comments!