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A Block Of Vegan Cheese

Course Pantry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 - 4
Author Daytime Vegan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 zucchini peeled
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ cup roasted red peppers
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 ½ cups water filtered if possible
  • 2 tablespoons agar agar powder NOT THE AGAR AGAR FLAKES
  • ½ cup boiling water

Instructions

  1. Have your "mold" ready and waiting for you on the counter. You can literally use ANYTHING as a mold. In this video, you will see that I used some really old and ugly lunch tupperware as a mold because that's all I could find!
  2. In a small bowl, mix the agar agar powder with the boiling water. Stir until it forms a thick paste. There may still be a few lumps of agar agar in the mixture, but that's fine. Set aside for 5 minutes. This helps activate the agar agar. Cold water will not activate it.
  3. In a blender, add everything including agar agar mixture that you set aside. Once blended smooth, place it in a pot on the stove on medium heat.
  4. STIR STIR STIR! Stir this mixture constantly for 10 minutes. It will get thicker and thicker as it cooks. If the pot is getting too hot and it starts to burn on the bottom, lower the heat slightly, or just take the pot off the stove for a few seconds and stir. Put it on the stove and stir. Take it back off for a few seconds and stir. You get the gist. We just don't want it to burn.
  5. If the mixture starts becoming a bit oily, then take it off the heat. It's done. In the cooking video I made, I almost got to the point where it was oily. It usually happens if you cook it longer than 10 minutes. If that happens, don't worry. You can still make the block of cheese, but try to avoid it if possible.
  6. Moving quickly, pour the cooked "cheese" mixture in your mold. Use a rubber spatula, or the back of a spoon to smooth the cheese on top. The agar agar will start to do its magic very quickly, so try to pour it in the mold and smooth it fast.
  7. Cover it loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 45 minutes to an hour. When it is completely firm you will know it's ready.
  8. Now have your crackers ready for some awesome vegan Cheese and Crackers. What a great snack!