On a recent outing, Leah managed to locate some Kite Hill Ricotta to test for us! Below is her full review.
Kite Hill is a fairly new to the market, but they’ve already become a very talked about brand within the dairy-free and vegan communities. They’re creating unique dairy-free substitutes for popular dairy-filled foods, including yogurts, artisan cheeses, cheesecake, ravioli, cream cheese, and ricotta cheese!
A lot of dairy-free cheeses available are full of questionable ingredients. But Kite Hill uses the simplest ingredients, which is one of the many reasons I love them! Kite Hill Ricotta contains only almonds, salt, enzymes and cultures. Whoa.
My first Kite Hill experience was with their yogurts. I’ve tried many vegan yogurts, but theirs is especially amazing. Sadly, this brand isn’t available in Canada yet, but whenever I’m in the states I make sure to grab some of their stuff. The peach one is seriously gold. So with only love in my heart for this brand I was really excited to try the Kite Hill Ricotta.
Having only tried dairy ricotta a few times in my life, I didn’t have many expectations for this dairy-free counterpart. I was told that it should have a bit of sweetness, but also some saltiness to make a nice balance. I didn’t find many sweet tones to this Kite Hill Ricotta, rather it is much more salty and savory. On its own, it has a pretty mellow flavor that is just lightly salty, but the texture was really nice. It was quite silky and melted in my mouth.
Next, I tried it on top of some ratatouille rice and really enjoyed having that creamy coolness on top of the hot food. I liked that it didn’t completely melt and disappear into the food. It softened just enough to meld with the rice and vegetables and still keep its thick creamy consistency.
For a dinner party, I crumbled some of this on top of a pizza with sweet potato, arugula, and caramelized onion and it made for a seriously divine meal! The salty creamy ricotta on top was a very nice touch.
Overall I thought Kite Hill ricotta was pretty good, and had high quality ingredients that shined through. It’s not something I ever felt I was missing, but it’s fun to play around with. I am excited to try it in lasagna or pasta shells and perhaps baked into some sweet ricotta-infused treats. That said, it’s definitely a gourmet vegan product with a high price tag, and a little too mellow to warrant indulging in often.
The Facts on Kite Hill Ricotta
Price: $9.99 per 8oz
Certifications: Kite Hill Ricotta doesn’t have any certifications at this time. They do use non-GMO ingredients.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Kite Hill Ricotta is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian, and paleo-friendly. 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 Kite Hill website at kite-hill.com
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This is great Stuff for someone resisting diet changes
My hubby has an acute lactose intolerance and he pretty much hates every non-dairy substitute I have purchased (cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc.). This sucks because he loves cheese. I have purchase this ricotta to make lasagna and he has not had any complaints. It is still creamy and the almond/nut taste is not overpowering. I think that’s why he doesn’t like alot of the plant base replacements, the weird after taste. He actually just requested I make it this weekend. The only problem, it is out of stock at the two stores that sell it. That is a problem I can live with temporarily.
Out of stock!
It’s great and I love to make spinach Gnocci Malfatti with it but it’s ALWAYS out of stock which is very frustrating…I’m going in search of another brand.
Vegan ricotta mellow and creamy
While I’m not able to really compare it to its dairy counterpart, this product exceeded my expectations. With a lightly salty flavor and thick creamy consistency, this ricotta alternative was a really pleasant element on top of pizza, pasta, and as a spread on sandwiches or crackers. I loved the simple ingredients and how it keeps its integrity when baked or heated. It should hold up well in your favorite lasagna or stuffed shells recipe. It’s definitely pricey, and a little too mellow for my taste, but it is a fun treat to have in the fridge once in a while.