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What alternatives are well known or can be purchased in local supermarkets which taste most similar to smoked cheese?

Note:

  • I'm living in the UK and shop weekly so I'm looking for alternatives I can consistently buy locally. (Preferably large supermarkets if possible)
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    I'm going to have to go on a quest to find this smoked vegan cheese... you've set off a craving – Zanna Jun 24 '17 at 15:35
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I couldn't find any products in local supermarkets except this one at Tesco, but it's currently unavailable on their website. Otherwise though, I've found a great cashew based recipe for a three day supply (up to 12 servings) which takes around 15 minutes to make and it is as follows:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup / 150g Cashews
  • ½ cup / 40g Nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp Agar agar powder
  • 1 clove of Garlic
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1½ cups / 350ml Water
  • a pinch of Salt

Method

  1. Place half the water and everything else apart from the agar agar into a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. In a pan put in the remaining half of the water and the agar agar.
  4. Simmer for 5 mins stirring constantly. Make sure no lumps of agar agar form at the bottom.
  5. Take off the heat and stir in the cashew mixture until combined.
  6. Pour into a mould and then chill for 2 hours.

Ingredients can be all sourced from one supermarket

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    Note that you can purchase 'liquid smoke' and add sparingly to create more smoke aroma than just by smoked paprika. – henning -- reinstate Monica Jun 24 '17 at 20:24
  • @henning I'll give both a try and see which I prefer, thanks for the tip – Bradley Wilson Jun 24 '17 at 20:31
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    +1 I'd much rather make this than buy processed faux cheese anyway :) – Zanna Jun 25 '17 at 7:03
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If you can find Miyokos smoked English farmhouse, it's pretty awesome. Not sure how common it is in the UK though.

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  • Alas, seems they don't do international orders. I wonder if Whole Foods in London stock it... I will investigate – Zanna Jul 28 '17 at 9:49
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    It's ironic that something labeled 'English farmhouse' appears to not be stocked in England. – Pharap Aug 10 '17 at 18:50
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In addition to vegan smoked cheeses, you might also want to consider smoked tofu. Clearspot, Cauldron and Taifun all have a smoked tofu that they sell in the UK, in health stores and some supermarkets. The taste and texture is not as close as a pukka vegan cheese, but if you are happy with a smoky/savoury taste and a vaguely cheese-like texture then this might satisfy your requirements.

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  • This is a little off the mark imho, since smoked tofu, to me anyway, really doesn't taste like smoked cheese... although taifun make something they call "feto", a fermented tofu that tastes somewhat like feta, and if they made a smoked version of that it might come close – Zanna Aug 3 '17 at 8:38
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    @Zanna: well, yes, it depends what you're looking for - personally I'm happy with a smoky taste and a vaguely cheese-like texture, but YMMV. I'll update the answer anyway to clarify. – Paul R Aug 3 '17 at 9:13
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    Fair enough, thanks for editing. Some visitors may indeed prefer this option and find your answer helpful. Personally I'm not very keen on processed vegan cheese but I love smoked tofu :) – Zanna Aug 3 '17 at 9:18
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Tesco has this product which is quite good. :)

Smoked Cheese - Coconut Oil Alternative

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