Buying Raw Cheese
If you're buying raw vegan nut cheese, make sure that it is actually a raw, unpasteurized product, and that it is organic. The tanginess of the cheese actually comes from the fermentation process, so be wary of acidic additives like lemon that are used as shortcuts. The fermentation process not only lends that beautiful tangy cheese flavor, but also the truly medicinal probiotic benefit.
Making Raw Cheese
This sounds scary but it's actually really easy and simple to make your own fermented cashew base that you can flavor with garlic, herbs and spices as you desire to create your own raw cheese.
Soak 2 cups of cashews overnight. Drain. Blend soaked cashews with 3 tablespoons of water in a high powered blender, like a Vitamix, until you have a thick and smooth puree. Then, depending on the strength and liveliness of your probiotic, add 1 pinch to 1 teaspoon of probiotics to your mix. Put in covered container and leave on the countertop overnight.
The key factors in the fermentation process are the strength of your probiotics and the ambient temperature in your kitchen. If you leave your cheese out overnight in a very cold kitchen the fermentation will be slower than in a warmer environment. For a faster and tangier cheese, leave out at room temperature for a longer period of time. Put it back in your fridge the next day.
Depending on what your intentions are, I keep a mother batch in my fridge that continues to slowly age and ferment. Meaning it will get stronger and tangier in taste, and become a harder stiffer cheese in texture as it air cures. I take out portions of this mother batch and flavor with salt fresh herbs and chopped shallots or in other moments will spread on piece of toast like cream cheese or may even add honey and cinnamon for a sweet treat.
The Health Benefits Of Nut Cheese
The powerful probiotics in the nut cheeses will nurture intestinal micro flora, heal the gut, and re-colonize intestines with organisms that defend against disease, viruses, and yeast. Probiotics boost nutrient potency and assimilation, and decrease sugar cravings. This cheese board is a big board of plant protein. These cheeses will feed muscles, tissues, and organs with essential amino acids and proteins for lasting energy focus and strength.
Assembling A Raw Cheese Plate