Vegan Cheese – a blind test

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Which Vegan Cheese is the Best?
We picked out eleven different variants, from four different brands, and put them through a full on blind test in order to figure out which ones live up to their promises!
 
Before the testing begun, the eleven vegan cheeses were taken out of the fridge, cut into tiny cubes, and given a randomized number, 1 to 11. Our eminent test panel, consisting of both long-term vegans and regular omnivores, tried the different variants in whatever order they liked, and multiple times if needed. Each vegan-cheese was given a score based on their taste and texture, and these scores were then normalized to make each persons vote count equal.
 

The result from the blind test of vegan cheeses:

 
 The selection of vegan cheese that were available in our local stores at this time was limited, but it reflects fairly well the available products in Sweden at this time. All in all, there were not that many surprises in this test: the Scottish brand "Sheese" got the lowest scores due to its inexplicable sour taste and its poor texture. The different 'Jeezly' cheeses from 'Astrid & Apornas' scored pretty evenly, but the smoky variant 'Jeezly Rökig' finished ahead of the other variants due to its delightful balanced smokeyness. The A&A cheese 'Cheezly Cheddar' had a completely different texture than the 'Jeezly' cheeses, and didn't get much appreciation form the test panel. 'RIV-iera' is a parmesan-like cheese, also from A&A, which got the most varied score of all; either you hate it or you love it, all depending on if you think of it as a parmesan or not? Would probably work best on a warm pasta dish.

Winner among the brands was evidently Violife's selection of vegan cheese; all three of the tested variants made it into the top 5. Violife's Mature Cheddar grabbed the 1st prize, Congratulations! 

 
In the 'Value for money' category, we have taken the score of each cheese and divided it by the price per gram of the cheese, resulting in a number that reflects the value you get for your money when buying vegan cheese. The winner in this 'Value for money' category was Astrid & apornas original Jeezly, which has the lowest price per kilo (113 SEK/kg), making it a good, and fairly priced, vegan cheese. 
It is also worth noting that the 'Sheese' brand once again stands out as the most overpriced vegan cheese with the lowest scores, due to its terrible sour taste. Sorry, Sheese, your products are just not a success =(
Melting test performed on nachos
After the bild test, the hidden cheese brands were releaved

Here's the result of the testing in PDF format: Vegan Cheese testing 160619
This test was in no way sponsored by anyone, not by the brand, not by any other organization. Test performed 2016-06-19 in Lund, Sweden.

© Anton Frisk 2016