Monday, 2 May 2016

Tyne Chease Sundried Tomato Review*

Tyne Chease Sundried Tomato Review

Last month marked my two year vegan-versary, and in those two years I have tried a lot of different vegan cheeses from around the world (Daiya people, if you're reading this, get yourself over to the UK, thanks). In my opinion, cheese can't be merely lumped into one group. Halloumi, feta, mozzarella, Camembert - all types of cheese yet all so different.

When it comes to vegan cream cheese, cheese for burgers, cheese for pizzas and cheese for toasties, I've found my faves. But when it comes to an occasion cheese - one you can slap on a cracker with some grapes - none of those dairy-free darlings really cut it. 

Tyne Chease Sundried Tomato Review

I first came across Tyne Chease about 18 months ago when I met the very lovely Ami - founder of Tyne Chease - at an NE Veggie Social meet up. At that point, Ami's cheese was still an idea, but not long after, it became a reality and I tried it for the first time at a vegan festival. I was hooked, and proclaimed it my favourite vegan cheese. Since then, Tyne Chease has been reformulated and Ami has introduced some new flavours, which I've been dying to try.

Tyne Chease Sundried Tomato Review

I was offered the chance to try the sundried tomato chease which is perfect for me as a self-confessed SDT enthusiast. The first thing to mention about Tyne Chease is its packaging. Each chease comes hand-wrapped in soybean paper, sealed with a Tyne Bridge sticker (love!!) and placed carefully into a little wooden box. You can tell instantly this is not a mass produced product; this is something which has been hand crafted with care and attention.

Inside, the wheel of chease is a generous 150g, and it will keep in the fridge for around two weeks (if you can resist eating it for that long). The chease itself is soft and buttery, with a slight smokiness to it, packed with generous chunks of the finest Mediterranean sundried tomatoes. I personally didn't think this tasted too different to the original chease even though the recipe has changed, which was a relief. I absolutely love Tyne Chease, and have even converted my non-vegan parents to this stuff.

Tyne Chease Sundried Tomato Review

In the interests of science, I also popped this on some vegan sourdough and stuck it under the grill to see if it would melt. It didn't really melt, although it did go a bit squishy and soft-cheesey, but it was absolutely delicious (hence the nibble mark in the corner!)

Tyne Chease Sundried Tomato Review

If you fancy getting your hands on this, or any of the other delicious flavours of Tyne Chease (the soft macadamia is another favourite of mine), you can order online here. Alternatively, you can pick this up at the Farplace store on Clayton Street in Newcastle, or at any of these other stockists.

Tyne Chease will also be at Newcastle Vegan Festival next Saturday, 7th May (if you're stopping by come say hi! I'll be at the VLA stand!), and at NEVFest the following Sunday, 15th May where I will be mostly eating cake.

What's your favourite vegan cheese?

Emily xo

Polite note: This review has been organised by the VEGAN lifestyle ASSOCIATION. It has not been paid for and the products were sent free of charge. This is my genuine and unbiased review of the product.

Tyne Chease is listed with the VLA and offers Associates a 20% discount and you can take advantage of this here.

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