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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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No reactions with me and I eat a ton of cashews.<br><br>
a key to making sauces with cashews is to soak for a day or two before using them.
 

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I've never had a reaction to "raw" cashews, nor have I ever heard of such.<br><br>
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.<br><br>
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 do know someone who breaks out in hives from cashews and mango. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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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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Mmm cashews. They're a little sweet and really creamy raw.
 

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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.<br><br>
Should we all stop eating tomatoes because the leaves are toxic?
 
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