Of all of the animal related products to give up, cheese tends to be one of the most difficult. The reason is because it is such a major part of our daily diet. We eat cheese in pizza, in grilled cheese sandwiches, hamburgers and sprinkle it over countless other meals. Vegan cheese is important especially to new vegans. At the beginning of a new vegan lifestyle it may be easier if you replace the regular items you eat with vegan substitutes.
But vegan cheese itself is hard to find. The reason for this is because there are not many producers of good vegan cheese. For example, the local grocery store may have soy burgers to replace beef burgers and soy milk to replace dairy milk, but they often do not have vegan cheese. It’s important to contact grocery stores who do not carry vegan cheese and ask them to have it in stock. If and when they do, be sure and buy it there and let others know too so they will continue to carry it.
While it’s true that you may indeed find cheese substitutes in grocery stores, be careful because they still might not be vegan. To verify, look at the ingredients because some have casein, calcium caseinate, whey, renet or other animal products. If you’re having trouble finding vegan cheese try going to a whole foods store or a health food store. This is where you stand the best chance at finding the real deal
There are plenty of different brands of vegan cheese. Some may taste better than others and they’ll each have different textures. Some are ideal for melting while others are not. They also come in different flavors like cheddar and gouda. Try them out until you find the one you like best.