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Hi all! So I have been a vegetarian for about 7 months now. I still eat cheese but do not drink milk or eat yogurt and eggs have always freaked me out. I have been trying to go vegan for some time but lets face it, cheese is in a TON of recipes. My question then is what are the BEST cheese substitutes. It is frustrating trying a lot of different brands and none of them tasting even remotely the same as what real cheese tastes like. It would be nice to make a meal for my non-veg family and them not be able to tell right off the bat that we are eating faux cheese. Another difficult issue for me is ice cream. I absolutely love ice cream but nothing tastes remotely similar.<br>
Any help would be greatly appreciated! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I think tofutti tastes like real ice-cream. The stuff you can make at home using Coconut cream tastes pretty good too. As for the cheese issue, it depends what way you want to use cheese, are you talking slices, sprinkling it or sauces?
 

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I tried the Amy's mac & cheese with Daiya the other day and I was super impressed. It was all melty and stretchy and tasted great.
 

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Nothing will ever taste like dairy cheese! Don't know where you live but there are pretty good non dairy ice creams out there.
 

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I hope the dairy-free cheeses get better, with more research...and maybe they will be better than dairy cheeses one day....and the food industry will use them instead....if they are cheaper and better.<br><br><br>
Redwoods mature cheddar is good in sauces.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Kari</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3051403"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I tried the Amy's mac & cheese with Daiya the other day and I was super impressed. It was all melty and stretchy and tasted great.</div>
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I haven't tried Amy's, but I used an old family recipe for mac and cheese and used Daiya and it was disgusting. Gluey and weird. I love Daiya on pizza and in grilled cheese, though, so I don't get it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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The texture of the Amy's is similar to the Stouffer's mac and cheese...so not really like homemade with Velveeta.
 

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I use different alternatives for different dishes<br><br>
Daiya for pizza, grilled cheese, burritos, or anything else where I want the melted, stretchy texture. However, I don't think it tastes anything like cheese..I think it tastes more like butter.<br><br>
Nutritional yeast for the kind of artifical cheddar taste (like in mac n cheese). I'll mix the nutritional yeast with daiya in grilled cheese sandwiches<br><br>
sheese (the smoked cheddar flavour) for a nice, strong tasting cheese eaten cold for cold sandwiches, crackers, and with fruit.<br>
I tried the gouda flavour recently..and yesh ..no...um...gross<br><br>
Also you can make cashew cheese..pretty good for spreading on bagels and such. there are tons of recipes all over the interwebs<br><br>
good luck!
 

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I use Daiya as well, mostly for pizza, melted on sandwiches, nachos and for mac and cheese. I also use nutritional yeast in various "cheese" sauce recipes.
 

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I agree with Daiya for things like pizza or lasagna, but nutritional yeast for things like mac and cheese or spaghetti sauce.<br><br>
I tried Teese once and it made a really yummy dip for nachos.<br><br>
We have something here called Earth Island Vegan Gourmet and my boyfriend loves that sliced up on sandwiches. It doesn't really melt that well so it's better for things like "cheese" and crackers, sandwiches, etc.<br><br>
As for ice-cream: you MUST (that is an order!) try Luna and Lara's COCONUT BLISS... it is by far THE best non-dairy ice-cream on the planet.<br>
Seriously. Go get some. Run, don't walk.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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definitely <a href="http://www.vegusto.co.uk/shop/" target="_blank">Vegusto</a>, i love their piquant chesse, wich is strong and i loooove strong. Otherwise the melty one is... well, melty ^^. They also have a very nice cheese smell wich drives me crazy.
 

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Thanks everyone for the help! Haven't been on here for a long time because of finals and such. I have recently discovered nutritional yeast which I cannot taste for anything. It's almost like when I put it in a dish it disappears. Maybe i'm not using enough. I have solved my ice-cream dilemma though. I purchased a yonannas machine recently and the result tastes just like frozen yogurt without the dairy!
 

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<p>I just tried the Go Veggie brand cheese substitute (had a coupon) and it was awful! </p>
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<p>I like to slice and freeze a banana and blend with strawberries or peanut butter to make ice cream</p>
 

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<p>Wilmersburger cheeses are lacking in taste.</p>
 
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