As shared in my announcement about VegNews magazine’s relaunch party, I had the chance to sample several varieties of nut cheese, or Cultured Nut Product as they call it, from Miyoko’s Creamery all in one place. It is icompletely dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, and made with a simple based of organic cashews and organic chickpea miso, with additional pure ingredients to differentiate the flavors.
The offerings from Miyoko’s Creamery range from very soft double cream (which has organic coconut oil added) to semi-hard in consistency. Both Hannah and I seemed to prefer the middle of the slice-ability pack, with one exception, the Aged English Smoked Farmhouse, which was on the firmer side of Miyoko’s Creamery nut cheeses. It was our hands down favorite with its unique smoked gouda appeal. Next up in out favorites line was the Brandy-Cured Grape Leaf, which is unfortunately a Limited Edition flavor (that is actually the Fig Leaf variety shown below, which looks similar). But, we also adored the earthy yet elegant French Style Winter Truffle, which is a fixture on the Miyoko’s Creamery menu.
I did forget to take more specific notes as my appetite quickly took over when presented with two tables full of Miyoko’s Creamery (I mean, how often do you get to go to a party and enjoy huge dairy-free cheese platters?). But since Miyoko sent everyone home with a wheel of the Mt. Vesuvius Black Ash, I was able to do a proper tasting of that single flavor later in the week.
The wheels are much bigger than they appear in my picture, packing in a 1/3 pound of dense, flavorful richness. The Black Ash, like the other Miyoko’s Creamery flavors, was quite rich, but it fell in that “middle ground” of consistency – both sliceable and thickly spreadable – soft, but not quite creamy. I could really taste the depth of the miso in this one, which seemed to serve as the primary flavoring agent. The black ash added a little unique sandy interest, but I didn’t detect its influence otherwise.
Miyoko’s Creamery is based in San Francisco, where you are more likely to find these tasty nut cheeses around town. But even if you can’t find their wheels in your local area, Miyoko crafts and ships her popular products to all 50 states in the U.S. with reasonable delivery rates. For further motivation, Miyoko’s Creamery has pledged to donate 1% of all online sales to a different vegan or animal-welfare non-profit organization each month.
Certifications: Miyoko’s Creamery Cultured Nut “Cheeses” are labeled as vegan and are made with mostly organic ingredients, but we didn’t note any certifications on the box.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Miyoko’s Creamery Cultured Nut “Cheeses” are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Miyoko’s Kitchen website at miyokoskitchen.com.