🧀 DIY GRATEABLE VEGAN CHEDDAR CHEESE 🧀

in Natural Medicine24 days ago

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I love plant-based cheese. Unfortunately, just like any other store-bought, processed food, most vegan cheeses available in food health stores and supermarkets are packed with preservatives, colorants, and other yucky chemicals. That’s why I prefer making my own with real, whole-food-based ingredients.

Making cheese is easy and fun. Though not all vegan cheeses are as straightforward to make, this grateable chaddar cheese is the perfect start for a new cheesemaker-to-be.

You can either use it sliced on a sandwich or grate to make gratin-like dishes. While it doesn’t melt like a regular dairy cheese it makes a nice crispy crust similar to a cheesy crust.

Though most of the fermented and non-fermented cheeses I make are made from cashews or other nuts or seeds, this one is nut- and seed-free. The main ingredient is orange sweet potato which creates this nice orange, cheddar-like color.

DIY GRATEABLE VEGAN CHEDDAR CHEESE


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INGREDIENTS


For the cheddar cheese


2 cups of water
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup orange sweet potato, boiled/steamed and lightly mashed
1 red bell pepper, roasted/charred
½ cup nutritional yeast
2 T lemon juice
2 t Himalayan pink salt
½ - 1 t blacker pepper, ground
1 t onion powder
1 t garlic powder
For extra smokiness add either liquid smoke, smoked tabasco or smoked paprika to taste

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For the agar-agar


2.5 T agar agar
1⅓ cup water

INSTRUCTIONS


Steam/boil sweet potato until soft. Lightly mash and tightly pack 1 cup to use as the base of your cheese.

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In the oven or on a gas stove, roast/char the red pepper. Remove skin.

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In a blender, combine all the ingredients to make the cheddar cheese. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

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To make agar-agar: in a small pot or saucepan, bring water and agar-agar to a boil. Sir constantly. Reduce heat to low and keep stirring until you are left with a molasses-like consistency.

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Then quickly transfer the agar-agar mix to the sweet potato mix and blend until well combined. Pour into mold or containers and let set in the fridge. This will take about 30 minutes.

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Slice to make a delicious sandwich......

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Or grate to add a crispy layer on top of your oven-dishes..... So good! Recipe coming soon!

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FYI: Cheese can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or longer. It never lasts that long at our house.

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 24 days ago 

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lovely recipe! i tried this kind of thing once.. it wasnt as successful as yours! I love that it can melt a bit if you put it on vegan pizza.. and now i know how to make it coloured naturally! lovely share thank yoU!

Thanks Alex. Now I feel like eating pizza lol. A bit too early for that here now. Take care!

Where did you get your hands on nutritional yeast in Cambodia?

Thanks for sharing, miss you both.

A wholesale we use for the bakery sometimes has it in stock. Bought a few bags. We miss you guys too. So ready to move to the other side of the world but with the whole corona craze, it's gonna take another 2 years I reckon. Cambodia is changing so much. Scary really!

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 21 days ago 

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I can't say I've ever heard of many cashew-less vegan cheeses, but this one is very interesting with the sweet potato, I can imagine the flavor.

Our jar of nutritional yeast ran out many months ago, otherwise we could've attempted this recipe. I've tried many substitutes for nutritional yeast, but nothing quite does the job. Thanks for sharing @amy-goodrich.

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Always sad when that happens. In Cambodia nutritional yeast is not easy to find either. I hope you find some soon.

Yeah I got to try this, all the recipes usually have cashew nuts and they are just too expensive for me. This looks so good, thanks so much for sharing xxx

I hear ya. In Cambodia, cashews are fairly cheap compared to other nuts. However, we love this cheese too as sweet potatoes are super cheap here. Have a beautiful day!