If you’re in search of tasty, cheesy alternatives, give Miyoko’s cheese wheel a try. I fell in love at first bite! I was also able to buy it at my regular grocery store, which is always a plus.
MIYOKO’S CHEESE WHEEL FLAVORS
There are 10 flavors to choose from: double cream chive, sundried tomato garlic, garlic herb, rustic alpine, sharp farmhouse, smoked farmhouse, herves de provence, winter truffle, fresh loire valley, and black ash. That’s A LOT of choices! And they’re made with great ingredients to boot!
MIYOKO’S CHEESE WHEEL INGREDIENTS
Miyoko’s cheese wheel flavors are non-GMO, lactose free, cholesterol free, dairy free, and vegan. And they taste incredible!! If you’re sensitive to soy, Miyoko’s uses a soy-free (chickpea and rice based) miso.
So the only cheese wheel containing soy is the Winter Truffle (made with soy milk). And if you’re worried about a peanut allergy, the company states that peanuts are not processed on the same machinery used for the cashews.
Miyoko’s says the cheese wheels are “free of gluten,” BUT they are not certified gluten free. The company states they operate in a gluten free facility and that they do not make anything with gluten.
Based on the company’s statement, I believe there is still an opportunity for trace amounts of gluten to be present. Depending on how they source their ingredients, it’s possible the ingredients could come into contact with gluten during processing.
One of the main ingredients in their cheese wheels is rice miso. It’s not uncommon for grains (rice) to be cross-contaminated depending on how they are processed, stored, transported, etc.
SO, if you’re very sensitive, you may want to steer clear of this product, just to be super safe. I have eaten it without issue, but that’s no guarantee–one batch could be free of gluten and another might not be.
And unfortunately you can’t test Miyoko’s cheese wheel with a Nima sensor because miso is fermented, and Nima cannot detect gluten in fermented foods.
So why am I reviewing the product if it’s not 100% sure to be tee-totally gluten free?
First, because I think that with a little encouragement the company could be persuaded to take the extra step of certifying their products gluten free. Second, because the cheese wheels are soooo delicious!
My husband and I tried two flavors: chive and sundried tomato garlic.
Miyoko’s packaging is not as user friendly as some vegan cheeses. It’s vacuum sealed in plastic. So getting it out can be a little awkward, especially if you’re putting it out for a party or something and want it to look pretty.
You have to cut the plastic away without stabbing the cheese wheel to death. And if you’re not eating the whole wheel at once, you’ll need a container for it. #firstworldproblems
The cheese wheels are a semi-soft product, so you can’t really treat it like a dip and you can’t really treat it like a hard cheese. Right out of the fridge it’s not really spreadable either, but left out for a while it becomes spreadable.
It works well if you want put it on something like crackers, or if you simply want to set it out with a knife and let people take the amount they want.
I absolutley loved both flavors! I wouldn’t say it’s an authentic cheese flavor, but it definitely satisfies the “I want cheese” craving. It’s more sour than cheese—kind of like a yogurt-flavored sour (but there’s no dairy in it).
Perhaps tangy is a better word. It also tastes a bit more exotic and complex than regular cheese. I found the flavors unusual, rich, and exquisite.
The chive was definitely a little more tangy than the sundried tomato. The sundried tomato cheese wheel had a smokey flavor that toned down the sour flavor a bit. I actually liked both flavors equally–they were quite distinct.
My husband enjoyed the Miyoko’s cheese wheels, but said he preferred Kite Hill. Hilariously, I didn’t care for Kite Hill at all, and I totally pigged out on Miyoko’s (seriously…I got full but I kept eating because it was so heavenly tasting).
While everybody’s taste buds are different, Miyoko’s cheese wheels definitely get two thumbs up from me! It’s the best non-dairy cheese I’ve eaten to date.
So give Miyoko’s a try and then give Miyoko a call (or drop her a line) and tell her to certify her products gluten free! We celiacs need to feel the cheesy (I guess, technically, non-cheesy) love!!