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.