Strangely enough, I’m not someone who misses or craves cheese, but I do love taste-testing dairy-free cheesy sauces. They each have their own flavor and consistency nuances. And the rising paleo demand has brought even more interesting options to the table, like CORE + RIND Cashew Cheesy Sauces. These jarred creations are wholesome blends that actually list pumpkin as one of the first ingredients!
Tasting Notes for CORE + RIND Cashew Cheesy Sauces
Unlike many cheesy sauces, CORE + RIND doesn’t tend to thin when when heated. It stays quite thick and hearty, but can easily be thinned with water or unsweetened milk beverage, if desired. Both varieties have a spoonable, dippable consistency that clings marvelously to pasta, rice, and veggies.
A lot of the cheesy sauces I’ve tried recently don’t have enough punch to shine in pasta. But CORE + RIND Original is bold and intriguing. It’s a very mustard-forward sauce, which we liked. I didn’t think it tasted very cheesy, but Tony thought it did. Either way, it has a unique, full-bodied flavor and creamy finish that is quite versatile.
Ingredients – (*Indicates certified organic): water, pumpkin*, cashews*, apple cider vinegar*, extra virgin olive oil*, nutritional yeast, dijon mustard*, Redmond Real Salt, tomato paste*, garlic powder*, onion powder*, turmeric powder*
Wow, this has a serious flavor punch! It reminds me of cheesy sauce and spicy salsa blended together into a smooth, thick sauce or dip. I used it to make some Mexican-style rice with roasted zucchini, black beans, and corn, which was husband approved. But it would also be marvelous on nachos, or perhaps in other Mexican-inspired dishes, like enchiladas.
Ingredients – (*Indicates certified organic): water, pumpkin*, cashews*, apple cider vinegar*, extra virgin olive oil*, nutritional yeast, dijon mustard*, Redmond Real Salt, tomato paste*, chipotle chili pepper powder, chili powder (chili pepper, paprika, black pepper), garlic powder*, onion powder*, turmeric powder*
The Facts on CORE + RIND Cashew Cheesy Sauces
Price: $12.99 per 14-ounce glass jar.
Availability: CORE + RIND Cashew Cheesy Sauces are available in select natural food stores in the U.S. See their website below for a store locator. But they are easier to obtain online. You can order direct from the Core + Rind website (they ship throughout the U.S.) or via Amazon.
Certifications: CORE + RIND Cashew Cheesy Sauces are labeled as organic, paleo, and vegan, but I don’t believe they are certified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, CORE + RIND Cashew Cheesy Sauces are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, 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 and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the CORE + RIND website at www.coreandrind.com.