Vegan Cashew Cottage Cheese

Okay, I admit I wasn’t trying to make cottage cheese, I wanted to use my lovely heirloom ceramic pot to make a vegan version of laban or labneh. I guess the biggest problem is my blender is broken, so I had to use my food processor. You just don’t get the same texture. I was also trying out a new fermenting process. But…this stuff is good.

I started by soaking about 1.5 – 2 lbs of raw cashews for about 36 hours (after the first day, I drained and rinsed the nuts, cleaned the bowl, then put the nuts back in and covered them with fresh water). When I was ready to get started, I drained and rinsed the nuts again, then added them to the bowl of my food processor…

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with plenty of salt, lemon juice, and a few cloves of garlic. It’s all to taste.

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You’ll need to add water, a little at a time, as it processes. Get it as smooth as possible.

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This was my first time experimenting with probiotic capsules. These are vegan, but check the ingredients – many contain a milk byproduct. I twisted apart 2 of the veggie capsules,

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and emptied the contents into my nut mixture. Process just enough to thoroughly mix in the probiotics.

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Now, pour the mixture into the beautiful 100-year-old ceramic pot that belonged to your great-grandmother. I covered it with a kitchen towel and left it in the cool oven for almost two days before transferring it to the fridge. I didn’t drain any of the liquids.

I didn’t taste the stuff until after the Pascha Liturgy Saturday night, and I kept thinking…what does this taste like??? When I thought I was making laban I dreamed up all kinds of uses for it, but the flavor and texture weren’t what I imagined. I guess I forgot what cottage cheese tastes like, I can’t remember the last time I ate it. Now I have a ginormous pot full of the stuff. What shall I do with it, besides add pepper and eat it with a spoon (done that already)?

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10 thoughts on “Vegan Cashew Cottage Cheese

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  4. You could make a nice farmers cheese with it, dips, and more laban. I have pecans, walnuts and cashews soaking in salt water. Soon they’ll be in the dehydrator . . . and I can make many joyful things with them.

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