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I've been a vegetarian for almost 11 months and I love it and while I probably won't ever become a vegan, I like the idea of lowering my consumption of dairy. I already don't eat eggs, milk, or butter unless it's in something I buy. I don't buy them to cook with. My question is with raw cashews. I see a lot of recipes with raw cashews being used in "cheese" recipes but I'm wondering just how safe it is. I know that raw cashews aren't really raw and that they steam them to make them safe to eat, however I have heard that a lot of people have reactions to raw cashews (meaning those that have only been steamed, not roasted) and honestly, while I love the idea of using cashews to use in recipes in place of cheese, I'm also kind of scared to eat them raw. I guess I'd like to know what you think about using them to make "cheese sauces" and whether any of you have had a reaction to them.
 

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No I haven't. Are you aware of any problems with mangos? They are in the same family as cashews, so if you know you have a mango allergy or intolerance, it's likely you'll have trouble with cashews.
 

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no reaction here! Cashew cheezes or other sauces are very good!
 

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I make nondairy ice cream with unroasted cashews frequently, no reaction (other than 'yum').
 

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I've never had a reaction to "raw" cashews, nor have I ever heard of such.

I've also never used them to make fake cheese. I use them in a variety of other applications, plus they're great just for snacking on raw.

I get mine from a local Indian Grocery store. They are labeled as simply "cashews" but they're definitely raw, and they are WAY cheaper than buying them from a health food store.
 

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I've never heard of a problem with raw cashews before. I use them A LOT! They turn so creamy that even my husband doesn't complain about the "fake" dairy. It is really the best substitution I have found for cream and cheese substitutions. Actually I buy so many, I once had the cashier at the local nut and candy shop where I get them ask me what I used all these for! She said she always wondered why I bought them so often. I think my answer of "I used them to replace dairy in recipes" to be strange and confusing!
 

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Cashew sensitivities are very rare, from what I understand. Their shells are very caustic, but that's why you'll never find cashews in the shell... and they're steamed to remove the shell, that's all.
 

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I did some googling and apparently the raw cashews I eat are not truly raw...like Randy said, they are steamed to remove the shell. Supposedly they are labeled 'raw' because they are not roasted.
 

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There are lots of things we eat that comes from plants with poisonous parts. Like tomatoes and potatoes right off the top of my head.

Should we all stop eating tomatoes because the leaves are toxic?
 
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