Remember what you used to think of when the words “dairy-free cheese” were uttered? Well throw those preconceived notions out and enjoy a new generation of cheese alternatives with brands like VeganSun. Made purely with a base of organic raw cashews, water, Himalayan salt, and non-dairy culture, these plant-based rounds are aged to create the pungent, deep flavors that can often seem missing in a dairy-free diet.
VeganSun can be sliced into wedges, but I found it a touch too delicate to cut into slices. The wedges are marvelous for nibbling (see my notes below) and vegan cheese platters, but it also crumbles marvelously, much like a soft Parmesan. VeganSun comes in a delicious-looking range, but thus far, we’ve sampled the following dairy-free cheese rounds from their somewhat sizable selection:
VeganSun Spirulean Aged Artisan Cheese
Just one little, healthy ingredient is added to this VeganSun variety – spirulina (blue-green algae) – but it adds such a delicious, fresh, well-rounded flavor. Naturally tangier than most cashew-based cheeses that I’ve trialed, each wedge is filled with bright savory notes that offer satisfying pungency. I enjoyed nibbling on a wedge of Spirulean VeganSun on its own, but it’s also amazing crumbled atop salads.
VeganSun Smoke & Spicy Aged Artisan Cheese
The brilliant red-orange hue that peppers the outside of this variety is your first clue that bold and spicy lies ahead. Crushed red pepper and chipotle pepper are added to the VeganSun dairy-free cashew cheese base for a rich, tangy, full-bodied, and warm (medium heat) flavor with an earthy, yet luxurious vibe. The potent flavors of the Smoke & Spicy are amazing with crackers but can also make a simple pasta dish shine.
VeganSun Black Pepper Aged Artisan Cheese
A modest amount of ground black pepper is added for subtle spice throughout this tasty selection of VeganSun, but it’s the whole peppercorns that generously dot the outside of the cheese round that pack a potent punch. Though I must admit to preferring mellower, earthy notes of the Spirulean and the pungent warmth of the Smoke & Spicy, the Black Pepper offers unique versatility for adding oomph to recipes and bold interest to a cheese platter.
VeganSun Artisan Cheeses are sold refrigerated, and may be found next to other dairy-free cheese alternatives in natural food stores. But if you have trouble locating, they do a fantastic job with cold shipping direct to customers (see their website below, or look for them on your favorite vegan online grocer).
Certifications: Though made with organic cashews, we didn’t note any certifications on the VeganSun cheeses.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, VeganSun Artisan Non-Dairy Cheeses are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-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 SunRAWise website at www.sunrawise.com.