In a world first, the Vegan Society Aotearoa has declared July to be Vegan Cheese Month in New Zealand, to celebrate the incredible array of plant-based cheeses now available to us. These tasty and versatile cheese alternatives are made from peas, maize, potato, coconut as well as from nuts such as cashew and macadamia. Products like these are only growing in popularity according to supermarkets and retailers.
Who hasn’t gone into their local supermarket recently to be astounded at the sight of yet another vegan cheese for sale? Then there’s the exciting artisan cheeses to be found at delis and vegan specialist shops, made using cultured and soaked nuts. There’s even vegans bringing their traditional family dairy cheese making skills into the arena. Such endeavours show that the future of cheese is truly plant-based and here to stay! Have you tried one of these from our members? Check out the list below to see who is who in vegan cheeses.
Vegan Cheese Makers of NZ
International Vegan Cheese Brands available in NZ
Make Your Own Cheese
You can find easy to follow vegan cheese recipes and some you can make within an hour!
Then there is the Mad Millie Vegan Cheese kit where you can create your own range of nut cheeses within a day. Who can ask for more? And yet vegans continue to experiment and come up with better and tastier products than their animal-based equivalents. This is truly an exciting time to be vegan.
Vegan “Dairy Identical” cheese made from animal-free casein will launch in 2023.
Startup New Culture has found a way to create animal-free casein using a precision fermentation process that gives its dairy-identical vegan mozzarella the traditional color, melt, and stretch. Its first mozzarella product is described as having “the same taste, texture, melt, and stretch as the cheese we all know and love.” But it’s also animal-free and planet-friendly.