Dr. Cow Vegan Tree Nut Cheeses

March 9, 2010 by Keri

I’ve been wanting to try Dr. Cow’s nut vegan cheeses since I first heard about them over a year ago, but having heard extreme mixed reviews, just hadn’t taken the chance until now.  I admit I was raised on cheese.  Growing up, my mom was a buyer for a chain of grocery stores and was always bringing home all different varieties of cheeses.  I don’t “miss” cheese, but let’s be honest; you can watch the light bulb moment when people realize with horror that “I’m vegan” means “I don’t eat cheese or anything smothered in cheese.”  And this is where you get into that all-to-well-covered conversation of “But if people didn’t milk the cows, the cows would be miserable,” to which I have to reply, “Is your mom still producing milk?”

Vegan Cheeses

When I was ordering my Dr. Cow cheeses from Vegan Essentials, I wanted to pick out three to try.  Since I wasn’t sure which to choose, I read through the reviews and settled on Aged Cashew Nut and Crystal Manna Algae, Aged Cashew Nut and Dulse, and Aged Cashew and Hemp Seed.  Despite having read how small they are, I was still taken aback when the cheeses arrived.  They are very small, but cheese isn’t meant to be eaten in giant hunks I suppose, so I didn’t mind the size.  I’ve actually been cutting off one slice of each, breaking it in half, and putting the six pieces on six crackers for quite a few snacks now and there is still some left.

I’ve heard from several people that these cheeses were either a love it or hate it sort of deal, and I really love it!  The texture and hardness of the cheeses is perfect, and all three I selected are extremely flavorful.  The Aged Cashew Nut and Crystal Manna Algae has the boldest flavor of the three I ordered.  It’s sharp and tangy, and would be delicious grated onto a fresh salad.  The Aged Cashew and Hemp Seed is the mildest, which makes it perfect for slicing and eating alone or with crackers, although I love all of them that way.  The Aged Cashew and Dulse tasted very similar to the previous, except firmer and slightly saltier.  I’m so happy that I finally gave Dr. Cow a try and I can’t wait to try the other varieties .  If you’ve tried the Dr. Cow cheeses I would love to know what you think!

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  1. bitt says:

    i love dr. cow too! the cream cheese is soooo good.

  2. Keri says:

    I’ll have to try the cream cheese!

  3. Tricia says:

    I’ve been wondering… do nut cheeses melt?

    • Keri says:

      Hmm… I don’t think they’d melt very nicely… They might get softer like a spread, though. These are meant to be enjoyed more like a fancy firm cheese. 🙂