Mmmonday- Miyoko's Kitchen Vegan Cultured Nut Product

Monday, November 24, 2014

So "cheese" is what i really wanted to say but apparently the milk people own that word so "cultured nut product" it is... or CNP perhaps?
My sister was the one who told me about Miyoko's Kitchen, after getting one of her CNP recipe books then realizing the CNPs themselves were available for mail order in the US, well i had to.

Miyoko's Kitchen offers 3 different cashew CNP platters for delivery, ranging from $33- $67 and containing between 3 and 6 CNPs. I ordered the "Harvest Collection" on tuesday and received my cheeses thursday perfectly packaged. The cheeses ship monday, tuesday and wednesday only so keep that in mind if you're planning to order these for a special occasion.

They ship in a box lined with cold packs and foil-wrapped styrofoam which fits the boxes exactly so the chance of any damage during shipping is minimal.

The CNP boxes themselves are a simple, mostly cream and orange design with the cheeses clearly labeled and wrapped in paper or clear plastic. I cut the folding tabs with the names off and taped them to cocktail sticks to show which was which when i displayed them.

I used to be a huge fan of cheeses and spend so much on the best ones for special occasions but its been years since i did that so this was super exciting for me. I invited some friends over to try them out and everyone loved them! I displayed them on a slate and let them come up to room temperature before serving.

Heres a little about each cheese...

  • High Sierra Rustic Alpine- this was by far my favorite, it reminded me of an applewood smoked cheese that used to be my favorite. Its firmer than the others and would honestly do with anything from fruits to sauces for cooking.
  • Double Cream Sundried Tomato Garlic- this one was very flavorful and a hit with everyone. I used the leftovers on pasta the next day and it melted perfectly. If you're a fan of Italian flavors and soft cheeses, you'd love this.
  • French Style Winter Truffle- probably my least favorite of the bunch. Generally i love that rich truffle smell but this one just didn't tickle me and i found the flavors a bit overwhelming.
  • Fresh Loire Valley in a Fig Leaf- Definitely the prettiest one, the fig leaves just made it seem so fancy! The cheese inside is very mild and fresh and was really great by itself.
  • Classic Double Cream Chive- Another favorite, with a similar texture to the sundried tomato one. This would be amazing mixed with mashed potatoes or in twice-baked potatoes which i definitely plan on trying out!

All in all i was super pleased with these cheeses  and would definitely repurchase them. 
Whether you're vegan, lactose intolerant or even just curious, i think these are a great treat! 
The selections work out at roughly $10 per wheel but if you're a big fan of fancy cows milk cheeses, you'd easily spend that on a similar sized wheel. 


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