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Aged Cashew Nut Cheese -- Any Experience?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 23, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Does anyone have any experience with Aged Cashew Nut Cheese? The ingredients are: cashew nuts, acidophilus & himalayan pink salt. As far as I can tell it's Paleo, but am wondering if it really is and/or has anyone has tried it?

This is the brand I am looking at:

http://www.dr-cow.com/products/aged-cashew-nut-cheese.html

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on November 01, 2011
at 07:59 PM

I've made cashew yogurt before. It's very simple - blend an equal quantity cashews, cover with a cloth, and let it sit in a warm place for a while (5+ hours, depending on how warm it is) until it seperates into a curd and whey. I'd think you could strain and maybe dehydrate the curd and get something resembling similar to feta. Not sure whether you could do similar with other nuts, or if there is something special about cashew biota.

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on October 18, 2011
at 09:25 PM

It's not that the seed (the "cashew") is toxic, but that the shell contains toxins similar to those found in poison ivy. The toxins have to be neutralized by roasting the seed pods (outdoors due to the caustic smoke released), so they can be shelled and sold without risk to the final consumer. The cashew "apple" (a false fruit sometimes called a pseudocarp) can be eaten fresh/raw and is even used to make drinks (some alcoholic), but the skin is fragile, thus it is not shipped internationally.

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on October 04, 2011
at 07:32 PM

Cooking was invented in the paleolithic...

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:01 AM

Thanks for letting me know!

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on September 21, 2011
at 04:07 AM

To follow-up the macadamia nut cheese is FABULOUS! I wish I knew how they made this. I read that they treat the nut cheese just like dairy cheese and age it the same way. It is really beyond delicious. Super expensive for the tiny bit you get but a wonderful treat or hostess gift/gift.

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on September 06, 2011
at 06:47 PM

Hmm. I believe that is the first time I ave heard that. I guess it depends on you definition of paleo. Personally, that's a bit too strict of an interpretation, but that it just what works for me. I do appreciate you taking the time to respond.

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on August 23, 2011
at 08:52 PM

Let me know what you find out!

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on August 23, 2011
at 06:38 PM

I don't eat cashews since they are not true nuts but that macadamia nut cheese looks awesome. I might have to try that one. I'm taking a raw food class this weekend and will ask the instructor if she has a similar recipe so I can try to make it. I've made a raw almond cheese before but never made an "aged" cheese.

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on August 23, 2011
at 06:22 PM

I've thought about making this stuff a couple of times. But like Melissa said, it seems like quite a bit of work. And I think it's something that - even if great - I shouldn't have very often, so I might as well just have some good raw/organic cheese every once in a while. Obviously this comment isn't helpful if you have dairy issues, and I think I don't (I used to have dairy regularly without issues, but since going paleo and being almost a year somewhat dairy-less just to see what it's like, I'm now trying to ease some quality dairy every now and then).

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on August 23, 2011
at 06:20 PM

I've thought about making this stuff a couple of times. But like Melissa said, it seems like quite a bit of work. And I think it's something that - even if great - I shouldn't have very often, so I might as well just have some good raw/organic cheese every once in a while. Obviously this comment isn't helpful if you have dairy issues, and I think I don't (I used to have them, but since going paleo and being almost a year somewhat dairy-less, I'm now trying to ease some quality dairy every now and then).

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on August 23, 2011
at 05:36 PM

I'm always tempted by a paleo substitute for an off-limits item.

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on September 06, 2011
at 06:02 PM

Technically cashew nuts aren't paleo because they need to be cooked thoroughly to become edible. They are poisonous raw.

40449b985898b088a64660b40f329f0f

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on September 06, 2011
at 06:47 PM

Hmm. I believe that is the first time I ave heard that. I guess it depends on you definition of paleo. Personally, that's a bit too strict of an interpretation, but that it just what works for me. I do appreciate you taking the time to respond.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on October 04, 2011
at 07:32 PM

Cooking was invented in the paleolithic...

Medium avatar

(19479)

on October 18, 2011
at 09:25 PM

It's not that the seed (the "cashew") is toxic, but that the shell contains toxins similar to those found in poison ivy. The toxins have to be neutralized by roasting the seed pods (outdoors due to the caustic smoke released), so they can be shelled and sold without risk to the final consumer. The cashew "apple" (a false fruit sometimes called a pseudocarp) can be eaten fresh/raw and is even used to make drinks (some alcoholic), but the skin is fragile, thus it is not shipped internationally.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on August 23, 2011
at 05:05 PM

Yeah I've tried it. It's pretty good, but it's expensive as heck and doesn't exactly act like cheese from a physical standpoint. It's an OK stand in for cheeses like feta if you are making salad.

8d1ce78fe7071f2f60fd59365bf21cfc

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on August 23, 2011
at 06:20 PM

I've thought about making this stuff a couple of times. But like Melissa said, it seems like quite a bit of work. And I think it's something that - even if great - I shouldn't have very often, so I might as well just have some good raw/organic cheese every once in a while. Obviously this comment isn't helpful if you have dairy issues, and I think I don't (I used to have them, but since going paleo and being almost a year somewhat dairy-less, I'm now trying to ease some quality dairy every now and then).

40449b985898b088a64660b40f329f0f

(951)

on August 23, 2011
at 05:36 PM

I'm always tempted by a paleo substitute for an off-limits item.

8d1ce78fe7071f2f60fd59365bf21cfc

(580)

on August 23, 2011
at 06:22 PM

I've thought about making this stuff a couple of times. But like Melissa said, it seems like quite a bit of work. And I think it's something that - even if great - I shouldn't have very often, so I might as well just have some good raw/organic cheese every once in a while. Obviously this comment isn't helpful if you have dairy issues, and I think I don't (I used to have dairy regularly without issues, but since going paleo and being almost a year somewhat dairy-less just to see what it's like, I'm now trying to ease some quality dairy every now and then).

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on November 01, 2011
at 07:59 PM

I've made cashew yogurt before. It's very simple - blend an equal quantity cashews, cover with a cloth, and let it sit in a warm place for a while (5+ hours, depending on how warm it is) until it seperates into a curd and whey. I'd think you could strain and maybe dehydrate the curd and get something resembling similar to feta. Not sure whether you could do similar with other nuts, or if there is something special about cashew biota.

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