Miyoko’s Kitchen was kind and generous enough to send me a huge package of their artisanal vegan cheeses to try and review:
My girls and I threw a big cheese party to try them all out, which was hella fun but I realized ruined my chances for decent pictures! I nabbed some pics from Miyoko’s site, and for really amazing shots, check out my friend Melissa’s Miyoko cheese review over on Vegenista.com.
For those of you not familiar, Miyoko Schinner made a name for herself with her amazing book, Artisan Vegan Cheese, which details how to make stunning vegan cheeses from scratch. I’m lucky enough that I have a few friends who have mastered the art of vegan cheesery, and am summarily spoiled every time we have a potluck.
So, Miyoko was a big name in our group and when we heard she was coming out with her own line of artisanal vegan cheeses, we done ’bout lost our minds.
Miyoko’s Creamery Vegan Cheese Review
I’m happy to report, Miyoko did not disappoint. These three were my favorites:
Double Cream Chive was by far the crowd favorite, that one didn’t make it past our little cheese night. It tastes like an cream-cheesy chive spread. It was the one cheese that I would want to purchase again to actually cook with – I’ve been told it’s amazing to mix into mashed potatoes, makes for great stuffed mushrooms, and I’d love to spread it on a wrap or bagel with a ton of fresh or roasted veggies. I think this is the most versatile cheese.
The Fresh Loire Valley In A Fig Leaf was an amazingly mild cheese wrapped in an edible (delicious) fig leaf. This one was good on salads, but was the one that I took the most joy out of eating plain, by itself. Excellent with fruit and crackers, I’d be tempted to try this with an actual fig or maybe stuff into some dates. The presentation of this wheel is absolutely gorgeous, it’s a show stopper.
The Herbs De Provence was probably my overall favorite. I loved the flavor and texture. It was stunning on crackers, and went well with salad. I could see it being a nice addition to certain sandwiches or wraps as well. This is one I would personally buy for hosting a party, it’s beautiful and highly addictive!
All of the cheeses were a hit, there wasn’t a single one we didn’t like. I would recommend purchasing based on your taste with cheeses. So, if you like soft, herby cheeses, get the Double Cream Chive. If you like smokey, get the Aged English Smoked Farmhouse. If you like mild whites, get the Fresh Loire Valley or the Herbs De Provence.
The prices are quite reasonable given the quality – the cheeses average $10-11 per wheel, plus $9-30 for shipping and handling. The cheeses come via 2-Day FedEx in a Styrofoam container packed with dry ice.
The only downside is that you have to buy the cheeses in a bundle, so you can’t go in and pick and choose what you want (for right now, at least). This is fine if you find a bundle you like, but can be frustrating if you wanted to buy multiples of one or just choose a few unrelated cheeses. I’m hoping at some point they will be able to offer more flexibility around purchases.
Have you tried Miyoko’s cheese? What did you think? Which was your favorite?