best vegan cheeses in Toronto area?
I'm entertaining for Thanksgiving and will serve some cheese appetizers. To accommodate 2 vegan guests, I'd like to include one vegan cheese (soy or rice based, I guess).
I've seen a lot of different soy/rice cheeses in stores (Annex area). What do you recommend? Are there any that stand out?
I agree, all the options I've tried weren't too good. I like the soy based "meats" like tofurky, they're not bad for an alternative food but I don't know about cheese.
What kind of cheese are you going to be substituting?
If you only need cream cheese, tofutti's original is very good. Be careful if you are going to be cooking it in high heat though; it tends to curdle in a very unpleasant way and emits too much water.
If you are going to substitute for cheddar or the like, your best bet is to make your own from nuts and yeast. there are some really nice recipes from vegan society websites.
Substituting vegan cheese in non-vegan recipes is always troublesome. You will have a much higher success rate if you started off with a vegan recipe.