How to Make Your Own Dairy Free Soft Cheese

By | May 13, 2016

If you are looking for delicious and a super creamy dairy free cheese, you have come to the right place. Additionally, the recipe I am about to share with you is rich in  probiotics.

dairy free cheese

 

RECIPE:

Author: M.S Cook

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews
  • 1 cup water, preferably filtered or unchlorinated
  • 1 probiotic capsule or ½ teaspoon probiotic powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted but not hot
  • 1 tablespoon dark miso
  • 1/3 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh or dried chives (optional)

Method:

  1. Soak the cashews in water for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Strain the cashews, reserving the soak water. Blend the cashew and ½ cup of the soaking water together in a blender or with an immersion blender until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture into a glass or ceramic bowl. Empty the contents of the probiotic capsule or add the probiotic powder to the mixture; stir until well-blended. Cover with a cloth, and allow the cheese to ferment for 8 to 12 hours, according to taste. Shorter fermentation times create a milder cheese; longer times develop a stronger cheese flavor.
  4. Blend together the cashew mixture, coconut oil, miso and salt. Once they are blended, gently stir in the chives if using.
  5. Pour the cheese into a small glass bowl lined with cheesecloth, stirring to remove any air pockets. Allow it to chill in the refrigerator until firm, at least two hours.
  6. Remove the cheese from the bowl, and serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  7. The cheese will typically keep for one month when refrigerated.

The homemade cheese is sliceable and melts well (even though the heat can eliminate the beneficial cultures it has). The homemade cheese can be enjoyed with crackers or fresh bread.

Please share your thoughts about this recipe in the comments section.

 

 

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