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Lacto-Fermented Cashew “Cheese”


I am a meat eating, cheese eating human being.  So when I say that this vegan (AKA non-dairy) cheese is delicious, you can take that to the taste-bud bank.  It is also lacto-fermented, and with that comes all the health benefits of pro-biotics.  (See my other pro-biotic rich recipe here: lacto-fermented carrots) This was inspired by the Fresh P, over on YouTube.  Holy Hannah.  It is good to have this recipe.

Start with:

  • 2 1/2 cups of raw cashews **They need to be raw for this to work**
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chili powder

Place your 2 1/2 cups of RAW cashews in a quart mason jar, add 1 Tablespoon of chili powder and fill with water so that your cashews are completely submerged.

Place it on a relatively warm shelf and wait.

Wait for 3 to 5 days.  They will start to bubble, and if you try one, it will be a bit tangy.

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Drain the cashews and save the liquid.

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Set this aside while you:

Continue with your blender or your food processor.  If you have a high powered blender (think VitaMix) use that, if not, pull out your food processor.  I made mine in a standard, low powered blender.  It was a pain and I didn’t get the consistency that I wanted.  However, it was delicious.  In your powered mixing vessel, whatever you use, place in:

  • 1/4 tsp dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp cumin (this is my favorite spice)
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 10 peppercorns (or 1/4 tsp of ground pepper)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 tsp of smoked paprika

Grind all these up until they are a powder, add the cashews, and add the liquid one tablespoon at a time while blending until you reach your desired consistency.

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Use it as a dip for fresh vegetable or on toast.  Most importantly enjoy!!!!

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