The search for delicious vegan cheese feels like it’s never-ending, especially if you want one that isn’t filled with chemicals, palm oil, xanthan gum or carrageenan. Well, now the search is over because there is a new brand that meets all those needs.
Treeline Cheese is artisan-made in the Catskill region of upstate New York and luckily, very close to me. The cheeses contain no lactose, soy or palm oil and are also gluten-free. They also contain probiotics and have no cholesterol. What else could you want? Oh yeah, great taste!
I was lucky enough to get some samples from Treeline and they were all amazing. The Hard Cheeses are smoky and tangy, firm but creamy. You can grate them so they make a delicious topping for pasta and soups. You can crumble them into salads or present them on a cheese plate with fruit. There is the Classic Hard Cheese and the Cracked Pepper Hard Cheese that has a bit of spice added to it.
The Soft Cheeses are my favorite. They are soft, creamy and spreadable. Delicious as dips for chips or crudites or spread on a bagel, these are a dream come true. Choose from Scallion or Herb-Garlic French-Style Soft Cheese. They are both made from fine Brazilian cashews and are cultured with non-dairy Lactobacillus Acidophilus.
Personally, I have been waiting for a soft, spreadable cheese that is not only delicious but that doesn’t contain carrageenan, xanthan gum or nutritional yeast and now I have one! Treeline Cheeses contain nuts, probiotics, sea salt, lemon juice, herbs and spices – that’s it!
Treeline Cheeses are artisan cheeses so they are sophisticated and wonderful for entertaining. But they are also perfect for casual noshing. Serve them on a cheese plate at your next party or next to a bowl of chips and crackers and I bet even the non-vegans rave about the taste.
Treeline Cheese is becoming increasingly available at more retailers. You can check their web site and/or their Facebook page for the most current list of stores that carry them. Treeline Cheese is also available online from Lagusta’s Luscious and Vegan Essentials.
I know I’m a little late to the party here, but I just tried Treeline’s Herb / Garlic cheese and some gluten-free crackers that were actually surprisingly tasty, but WOW the cheese is DELICIOUS! It has that awesome sharpness that I missed from dairy cheeses; I’m an “animal welfare” vegan (I appreciate the health benefits but that’s not why I became vegan) so I would *never* ever go back to eating cheese, but I gotta tell ya, I missed the sharpness of dairy cheese until now! This stuff is (in my humble opinion) better than the real thing – a non-vegan friend of mine tried it and said “I can tell the difference.” My response was GOOD! I asked if he liked it and he had to admit that he did. (Even if he didn’t make the admission, the fact that he ate 3/4 of the container was kind of a dead giveaway! Haha!) At this point in my life though, when I walk through the “fancy” cheese department of local grocery stores, I find the smell of dairy cheese to be completely nauseating. Treeline’s cheese smells like heaven, and tastes even better! I’m SOOO excited I found it in a health food store close to my home! Next week I’m trying the scallion flavored spreadable cheese. Yay Treeline! I hope their hard cheese makes its way to the greater Chicagoland area too!
It is good! I’m sure all their products will be everywhere soon! Happy New Year!