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Monday, February 05, 2007

Sheese Vegan Cheese Alternative

A few months back, Scott Meyers gave me a heads-up to let me know that his company would soon be importing the soy-based vegan cheese alternative called Sheese.

That day is here. A few selected stores in Seattle, Portland, Boulder, and Tempe have it on their shelves but I suspect that most of you will go to for easy ordering.

Their Sheese page has the following information:

Imported from Scotland, Sheese is a delicious alternative to dairy-based cheese that’s firm in texture and is by far the best eat-straight-from-the-package vegan cheese we’ve ever tried. It can also be used in many recipes, too – it takes a bit longer to melt than other vegan cheeses due to the firmness, but it works extremely well in just about any recipe you use. Enjoy slices on crackers (the smoked cheddar is phenomenal all by itself!), baked on macaroni, topping pizza or anything else you miss traditional dairy cheese on. Available in 7 flavors – Gouda, Mozzarella, Blue, Cheddar & Chives, Hickory Smoked Cheddar, Strong Cheddar and Medium Cheddar. 8 oz. (227g) blocks are $9.95 each.

VeganEssentials, as befits its name, has a wide selection of other dairy alternatives for vegans, which means that they'd be perfect for those with lactose intolerance or dairy allergies as well.

In a quick search I found kosher vegan instant creamer, soymilks, vegan whipped cream, vegan chocolates, and non-dairy ranch dressing. Gluten-free products are also available.

Thanks to Scott. And let me and him know what you think when you try them.

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