1/2cupCashewsRinsed under hot water for several minutes
1/4cupRefined Coconut Oil
1TbspNutritional Yeast Flakes
1 1/2TbspKappa Carrageenan
1 1/2cupBoiling Water
Select a heat-safe preferably glass dish that can hold approx 3C and set aside. (This is your cheese mold.)
Rinse Cashews under HOT water for several minutes.
Put your water in a small pot on the stove to boil.
Add all ingredients (except the water!) to the blender. Add the cashews first and then everything else on top of the cashews.
Carefully add (so you don't burn yourself!!!) the boiling hot water into your blender. Put the blender lid on! And blend immediately until completely smooth.
Stop blending once if need be to quickly scrape sides of blender and resume blending right after.
Immediately transfer your cheese to your chosen dish/mold as it will start to solidify quickly as it cools.
Place in refrigerator to chill. No need to cover yet.
After 2-3 hours or when fully chilled, remove cheese block from dish/mold and wrap in paper towels and then tightly plastic wrap. The flavor gets better over a day or two but it’s great as soon as it’s hardened, too. Yeay! You are officially a cheese-maker!
Cooking tip:Don't skip rinsing the cashews! If you don't want run water over them for several minutes, soak them in super hot water for about 5 minutes and then rinse again. (This step really helps to decrease the 'cashew' flavor in the recipe, while still using the wonderful creaminess of the cashew!)Can you use Agar powder in place of the Kappa Carrageenan?Yes. Double the amount recommended in the recipe for Kappa Carrageenan and replace with Agar Powder. The texture will not be quite as firm or as melty.What I would NOT recommend substituting:Don't replace the lemon juice with Lactic Acid. For some reason, the quick blending process used here does not work well with this substitution and your cheese may not set properly.For a slightly drier cheese:After your cheese block has hardened, you can wrap first in a dry paper towel, and then tightly in plastic wrap. This will remove any excess moisture.For a softer cheese:Decrease Kappa Carrageenan amount to 1 tbsp. This texture is ideal for making Mozzarella Balls.Can you freeze this cheese?Sure! It does get a little softer in texture after thawing, but if you think you can't eat it all, by all means freeze it! (Most people have trouble making it last that long tho! Check out the comments below! )