Vegan ~ Gluten Free
Vegan Smoked Cheddar-Style Cheese
Have you ever used or heard of Agar Agar?
Agar is plant-based natural gelling agent the is from red sea algae. It is known to have a similar effect to gelatin. People use agar to make vegan cheese, gummy's, & even use it to make desserts. Agar comes in different forms, for my recipe I used the powder but it comes in strips, flakes, or a bar. I find agar powder to be the easiest to use.
When using the powder or really to actually activate the agar it must first be dilute in cold or room temperature water & then needs to be heated. If it is added directly into the heat it will start to clump up.
I loved using Living Jin Agar Agar powder! There are so many different recipes using agar; I cant wait to test create more for you guys.
Here is a link to purchase the agar powder from Living Jin- https://amzn.to/385rfjE
1 Cup Coconut Milk
¼ Cup Water
2 Tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
½ Tbsp. Agar Agar Powder
½ Tbsp. Miso Paste
½ tsp Smoked Paprika
¼ tsp Sea Salt
Place all the ingredients into a sauce pan & mix extremely well before turning on the flame. Make sure the miso paste is fully broken down.
Once everything is mixed together well, turn on the flame to a medium heat.
Bring to a boil & let the agar activate. Boil for about 2 minutes.
Turn off the flame & pour the cheese liquid into a 3 inch by 3 inch circular mold.
Let cool in the fridge for at least 45 minutes. The cheese needs time to cool so that the agar agar powder can solidify the liquid.
Once it is fully cool scoop out the cheese with a spatula, put on a plate & serve the cheese with your favorite crackers!