This simple recipe is based on one by Miyoko Schinner, of Artisan Vegan Cheese. You may like more lemon juice, or more nutritional yeast, so it's best to taste it. Bear in mind that the flavour will develop more the longer the cheese sits in the fridge.
Mix all the ingredients together well (except the peppercorns).
Add the zest of just over half a lemon
Add 1 & half tablespoons of lemon juice
Add half a tablespoon of nutritional yeast
Line a small round cheese mould or a non-reactive metal ring with a piece of cheesecloth. Cut it big enough so that you will be able to completely wrap the cheese. The mould here is 11cm in diameter.
Take a cheese mould or non-reactive metal ring
Line the mould with a piece of cheesecloth
Sprinkle some peppercorns in the bottom of the mould
Put the peppercorns in the bottom (this will be the top when the cheese is ready)
Now fill the mould with the cheese and with a spatula smooth the top making it level.
Fill the lined mould with the cheese and smooth the top flat
Fold the sides of the cheesecloth over, covering the cheese completely
Fold the cheesecloth over the top and cover the cheese completely. Put the mould in the fridge and leave it to chill for at least 6 hours. For a tastier cheese, leave it 12-24 hours, or longer if you can resist!
At this point your cheese is ready to eat! Yay! You have made cultured cheese! Get out the raw crackers!!
But wait! If you have a dehydrator, you can take your cheese one step further into the realms of raw vegan chef status and give it a rind! This rind or crust, however you wish to call it, really gives your cheese an authentic look and added texture. Just remove the cheese from its mould, carefully peel off the cheesecloth and place it on a dehydrating sheet. Dehydrate at 105°F/40.5°C for 24 hours.
The amazing Mimi Kirk, of 'Live Raw' and 'Raw-Vitalise' gave me this valuable tip (thank you Mimi!) When the cheese is ready to come out of the fridge, put it into the freezer still in its mould and freeze for 24 hours before dehydrating. You can peel off the cheesecloth 30 minutes into the dehydrating part.
If you choose to skip the freezer part, no problem, the result is always a perfectly delicious cheese!
A nice crust has formed after 24 hours in the dehydrator
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