Once upon a time, not that long ago, going vegan meant giving up all the creamy, funky, crumbly, and salty glories of cheese. Options were limited and most of the products on the market were strange and plasticky facsimiles of the real deal. But that terrible era has come to an end and the world is abound with vegan cheese options. There are so many varieties that Brooklyn, New York, even has its own totally vegan cheese shop.
Some of these new dairy-free cheeses are made with soy, while others are crafted from nuts like almonds and cashews, and others from vegetable oils. Many even contain bacterial cultures and are aged to add more of the delicious qualities we’ve come to know and love in standard cheeses.
We ate through numerous options to find the six vegan cheeses that are worthy of precious space in your fridge's cheese drawer.