You can slice it, you can grate it, and most of you can enjoy it with abandon thanks to the pure ingredients in Treeline hard nut cheese.
Those cute little boxes of Treeline hard nut cheese house airtight packages with chilled, perfectly shaped wheels. They are each made with insanely simple ingredients, primarily cashews and water, but the addition of probiotics and the “aging” time cause the cultures to work their magic and create pungent flavors.
In terms of texture, these Treeline varieties are relatively smooth and creamy, but with a slight ground nut vibe. And though they are labeled as hard nut cheese, I’d describe the consistency as a cross between firm and soft cheese, just barely solid enough for easy grating (it does like to crumble a touch!) but still quite forgiving to the bite with a melt-away taste.
Treeline Classic hard nut cheese (pictured grated above), has a pleasantly cohesive, lightly salty, gently pungent, full-bodied flavor with definite smoky hints from the addition of hickory smoked salt. Unlike the Treeline soft cheeses, these varieties are void of lemon, which eliminated outlying notes and brought the taste up a notch, in our opinions. Is it just like cheese? Probably not, but it has that cheese-like essence that can satisfy cravings and add so much to a meal or appetizer plate.
Treeline Cracked Pepper hard nut cheese (pictured below) is quite similar to the Classic, but instead of those warm hickory smoked notes it is spiked with the fresh taste of cracked black pepper. The spice provides a nice complimentary flavor that’s rather addicting and bold without overpowering heat.
For me, the only drawbacks to Treeline hard nut cheese were finding the perfect pairings – it wasn’t a perfect stand-in for parma, but has it’s own flavors that will take a little experimentation for identifying the best uses – and the shelf life. While the package said it will keep for 2 weeks once opened, ours began developing mold after only one week. So use it quickly or freeze, as the modestly luxurious price and taste don’t warrant waste!
Certifications: Treeline Hard Nut Cheese varieties are labeled as vegan and gluten-free, but we didn’t note any certifications.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Treeline Hard Nut Cheese flavors are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, paleo, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Treeline Treenut Cheese website at www.treelinecheese.com.