Cultural Misadventures: Vegan Nori-Lemon Almond Cheese
Make a 100% vegan cheese that offers a rich, aged flavor. Slices and melts*
Ingredients & Tools
- 2.5 Cups Sliced/Peeled Almonds
- Salt (to Taste)
- 3.5 TBSP Coconut Oil
- 1 TBSP Olive Oil
- Garlic Powder
- 1 ~10″ Nori Square
- 1 Large Lemon
- 1 Cup Uncooked, Cleaned or Rinsed Buckwheat
- Filtered Water
- Food Processor
- Large Plastic Cups or Jars
- Cookie Cutter or Metal Form
- Cheesecloth or Paper Towels
- Parchment or Wax Paper
- Strainer or Colander
- Small Pot
- Dehydrate Lemon
- Brew Rejuvelac
- Boil Almonds
- Blend Ingredients in Food Processor
- Mold and Dehydrate
- Refrigerate and Age Cheese Product
Slice and place lemon halve in dehydrator for 24 hours or until crisp. Refrigerate other half.
Pour uncooked buckwheat in cup. Add 2 cups water, drain after 15 minutes. Cover cup with cheesecloth and place in a cool, dark spot. Rinse grains twice daily for 2 days (or until seeds have short sprouts) draining rinse water each time. Avoid over-agitating seeds. Add 3 cups water, stir twice daily. Water will develop cloudy, white tint. Taste water at each stirring and avoid any liquid contamination. When liquid develops a tangy, zesty flavor, strain grains and refrigerate rejuvelac liquid. Optionally, make another batch of rejuvelac with only 1 day of stirring, or dispose of grains.
Heat 3 cups water in small pot. Add 2.5 cups almonds once water boils. Boil for 40-45 minutes, strain almonds from water and place in food processor.
Blend Ingredients in Food Processor
Add 1 cup rejuvelac, olive oil, and coconut oil to almonds. Run food processor until mixture is a smooth, creamy consistency (10+ minutes). Squeeze lemon juice from lemon, salt and garlic powder to taste. Add nori and dehydrated lemon and pulse until finely and evenly distributed in the mixture.
Mold & Dehydrate
Place wax or parchment paper in dehydrator, stippling holes in paper for airflow. Place metal form atop paper and carefully pour in blended cheese mixture. Refrigerate the remainder for use as a cheese spread or fill additional molds. Dehydrate for 24 hours, remove form and continue dehydration for another 12 hours or until rind forms.
Refrigerate & Age
Wrap cheese in aluminum foil and refrigerate. After 2-3 days the cheese will develop a more unified texture. Flavor will continue to evolve.
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