‘Plant-based cheese’ describes any type of cheese that is made without any animal-derived ingredients, such as milk or casein. It is an alternative to traditional dairy cheese and is becoming increasingly popular among those who follow a vegan, lactose-intolerant, or plant-based diet.
Plant-based cheese is typically made using plant-based ingredients, such as nuts, seeds, and legumes, as well as various starches and thickeners. The most common ingredients used to make plant-based cheese include almonds, cashews, coconut oil, and soy.
The process of making plant-based cheese typically involves soaking the nuts or seeds in water to soften them and then blending them with other ingredients such as starches, thickeners, and flavourings. The mixture is then cooked or fermented to form a cheese-like consistency, and the cheese can be shaped, sliced, and seasoned to taste like different types of cheese.
An exciting benefit of plant-based cheese is that it can be made in a variety of flavours and styles, including cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, and cream cheese. This allows for a wide range of culinary applications, and plant-based cheese can be used in a variety of dishes, such as pizzas, lasagnes, sandwiches, and salads.
Why is plant-based cheese so popular?
Vegan cheese has become increasingly popular in recent years for a few main reasons. Firstly because plant-based alternatives to traditional dairy cheese are suitable for those who follow a vegan, lactose-intolerant, or plant-based diets.
Secondly, the variety and quality of vegan cheese have improved in recent years, making it a more appealing option for those who are looking for a cheese alternative. Vegan cheese is now available in a range of styles and flavours, with a rich array of culinary applications.
Finally, the rise in awareness of the environmental impact of animal agriculture and the ethical treatment of animals has also contributed to the popularity of vegan cheese. Veganism is a growing trend, and people are looking for alternative food options that align with their values and beliefs. What’s not to love?
Made With Plants is proud to produce and distribute a wide variety of vegan cheeses, that can be conveniently purchased at Woolworths stores across Australia!