Yes, vegan cheese is both dairy-free and lactose-free, as it does not contain any milk, cheese, or other dairy products.
There are many types of vegan cheese available, including nut-based cheeses (such as cashew and almond), soy-based cheeses, hemp-based cheeses, and coconut-based cheeses. Some vegan cheeses are designed to melt and stretch like dairy cheese, while others are better for spreading or using as a topping. Some cheese is cultured, meaning they are probiotic as well as can be aged for weeks and months. Lastly, there are plenty of 100% allergen-free cheese now available.
Vegan cheese can be made using a variety of methods. One common method involves blending nuts or seeds with water to create a base, which is then cultured with probiotics to create a cheese-like flavor and texture and are typically raw. Other methods may involve blending and heating ingredients like soy or coconut oil with flavorings and seasonings to create a cheese-like texture. Meltable cheeses are typically made with vegetable starches and are usually steamed.
Vegan cheese can have a similar taste to dairy cheese, but it depends on the type and brand of cheese. Some vegan cheeses are designed to mimic the flavor of specific types of dairy cheese, while others have their own unique taste.
Yes, vegan cheese can be used in cooking and baking as a substitute for dairy cheese. However, not all vegan cheeses are created equal in terms of melting, flavor, and texture, so it may take some experimentation to find the right cheese for your recipe. We have created a Meltable category to assist you in choosing the perfect cheese for your needs.
Vegan cheese can be a healthy alternative to dairy cheese if it is made from whole food ingredients such as nuts or seeds. However, like any processed food, some vegan cheeses may be high in sodium, additives, and preservatives, so it is important to read the labels and choose options that are minimally processed. Additionally, many also use coconut oil, which is best consumed in moderation as with any oil. The healthiest cheese we carry are the organic, cashew based and oil free cheeses by Reine, Katona’s Creamery and the Cave Aged Brie by Rebel.
Vegan cheese is suitable for those following a vegan diet, as it does not contain any animal products. It can also be a healthier alternative to dairy cheese, as it can be lower in saturated fat and cholesterol. Additionally, it can be a good option for those who are lactose intolerant or have a dairy allergy.
It depends on the type of vegan cheese. Nut-based cheeses would not be suitable for those with nut allergies, while soy-based cheeses would not be suitable for those with soy allergies. It is important to read the labels and ingredients carefully to ensure that the cheese is safe for your specific allergy.
Vegan cheese can be more environmentally friendly than dairy cheese, as it does not require the same amount of resources and emissions associated with animal agriculture.
Vegan cheese is a very niche product in its infancy, so even if it were not competing with a well established industry with government subsidies, it could still not compete with the economies of scale enjoyed by such a large industry, and this shows in the price. Also, it depends on the brand and type of cheese. Some vegan cheeses are made from whole food and organic ingredients and may be more expensive due to the cost of the ingredients, while others may be more affordable and similar in price to dairy cheese.
Vegan cheese should be stored in the refrigerator at all times to maintain freshness and prevent spoilage. It’s best to keep it in an airtight container to protect it from exposure to air and other contaminants. Raw and cultured vegan cheeses need to be wrapped in wax paper or parchment paper as to not suffocate the living cultured while others like the meltable starch based cheeses can be stored as-is in their original packaging.
The shelf life of vegan cheese can vary depending on the type of cheese and the storage conditions. It’s best to check the storage instructions provided with the specific product, but in general, we suggest enjoying your cheese within a week of receipt.
Some types of vegan cheese can be frozen, but it’s not recommended for all varieties. Most cashew-based cheeses freeze beautifully, unless they have a rind, such as aged brie. Hemp and soy-based cheeses tend to not freeze well. We have created a Freezable category to help you choose what works best for you. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!
Throughout most of the year, we ship our vegan cheese products to customers across the Continental United States and Hawaii and Alaska. However, due to high temperatures during Summer months, we can only offer 1-day shipping in order to insure the quality and integrity of our products.
If you need to swap an item
Returns, Exchanges & Shipping
We ship orders Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday weekly for timely delivery and product quality.
For more details, please see our shipping schedule matrix listed at the bottom of the page.
We recognize that shipping fees can be costly. We want to assure you that we do not make any money on shipping fees. The fees UPS assigns to packages are determined by factors such as box size, package weight, distance and chosen shipping method.
Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, UPS has increased shipping rates, which have yet to return to pre-Covid levels. Additionally, the current surge in fuel prices has added to the overall shipping expenses.
Consider maximizing your order with items that can be frozen. We have included “Freezable” as a search filter for your convenience.
Please keep all perishable product in the refrigerator and call/text us directly with your order# at 805.975.0052 or email [email protected]
Additionally, please take photos [the more the better] of any damage to the exterior of the box and any product that you think may be compromised.
At The Vreamery, we take great care in ensuring that our products are packaged securely to arrive in perfect condition. We use packaging rated for 48 – 72 hours to ensure product is at proper temperature upon arrival. As long as your shipment arrives with ice packs cool to the touch, items can be re-frozen or refrigerated as appropriate.
CARRIER DELAY INSURANCE
We understand that unexpected delays can be frustrating, especially when you’re looking forward to receiving your order. While UPS doesn’t cover “Carrier Delay,” we want to offer you extra peace of mind with our Carrier Delay Insurance for only 2% of your cart total. This protection ensures that if your package experiences a delay of over 48 hours due to the carrier, you can file a claim by contacting us at 805.975.0052 or by email at [email protected]. Please include your order# when filing your claim. You will be refunded or your order will be reshipped upon claim approval.
Please allow up to seven business days to process & handle your claim.
*A Note About UPS
Ground Shipping: UPS Ground usually shows up at Checkout as 1 Day Shipping and most times delivers in 1 day. However UPS does not guarantee 1 day and a shipment can take anywhere from 1-5 days, via Ground. If it’s imperative that your order arrives the next day, then please select a Next Day shipping method.
At The Vreamery, we strive to provide our customers with the best vegan cheese products and service possible, and we understand that receiving the wrong item can be frustrating.
We will do everything we can to make this right. Please reach out to us as soon as possible, and we will work with you to either send you the correct item or provide a refund. We value your satisfaction and want to ensure that you are completely satisfied with your purchase.
You can email us at [email protected] or call us at 805.975.0052 to leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can!
We understand that mistakes can happen when placing an order, and we want to make sure that your order can reach you in a timely and efficient manner. If you have entered incorrect shipping information, please contact us as soon as possible with the correct information.
We will do our best to update your shipping information before your order is shipped out, but please note that we cannot guarantee that we will be able to make any changes if the order has already been processed.
If the order has already been shipped to the incorrect address, we will work with you to determine the best course of action. Please note that additional fees may apply if the order needs to be redirected or reshipped.
We understand that sometimes circumstances change, and you may need to modify or cancel your order. We will do our best to accommodate your request, but please note that we cannot guarantee that we will be able to make changes once an order has been processed.
If you need to modify or cancel your order, please contact us as soon as possible with your order number and the details of your request. We will review your request and work with you to determine the best course of action. Please note, a cancelled order will be subject to a 10% cancellation processing fee.
If your order has already been shipped, we will be unable to make any changes or cancel the order.
We take great pride in offering high-quality vegan cheeses that are delicious and nutritious.
However, due to the nature of our products, we regret to inform you that we cannot accept returns or exchanges. As a vegan cheese company, we prioritize the health and safety of our customers. Once a product has left our facility, we cannot guarantee that it has been stored or handled properly, which could potentially compromise its quality and safety. We understand that mistakes can happen during the ordering process, and we encourage customers to double-check their orders before submitting them.
If you have any questions or concerns about our products, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to help you make informed purchasing decisions.
We do not offer backorders, however we do offer a “Notify Me” option for items we stock regularly. Feel free to contact us if there is a certain item you are looking for and we will do our best to get it in for you!