If you only read the first sentence of this review, that’s completely fine, just take this away: Tyne Chease is the best dairy-free cheese you will ever try.
I’m not usually one for buying alternatives, I like to make my own food, and I really enjoy meals made with beans, lentils and vegetables so buying meat or cheese alternatives just don’t normally come up on my radar. I was given the opportunity to review Tyne Chease, however, and I thought I might as well try it out as it looked interesting in comparison to the normal dairy-free cheeses you find in the shops. It uses a handful of natural ingredients rather than chemicals, and doesn’t look like American burger cheese. It’s also handmade, in the North of England, so it’s nice to support a small growing business. I’m so glad I did give it a try!
When you avoid eating dairy pretty much the first question everyone asks is “but don’t you miss cheese?”. For me, I’ve never really ‘missed’ cheese so it wasn’t a huge deal, but I know many people who couldn’t live without. This cheese is the answer. It doesn’t tastes like your standard cheddar cheese, but it does tastes like a high end artisan cheese you might find in a deli.
The price matches the artisan feel, at nearly £8 an item it’s definitely on the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to dairy-free cheese, however, as I don’t buy things like this often, as an occasional treat it is definitely worth the high price tag. I’d imagine Tyne Chease costs so much more because it’s base is cashew nuts, rather than soya, which has a much higher bulk price. I think this is a case of “you get what you pay for”.
Everything about Tyne Chease cheese feels high end and high quality. Even the packaging is beautiful in design. The cheese arrives in a circular wooden carton, and is packaged in waxed paper sealed with a sticker. It feels like no expenses have been spared in the preparation of this product. If you’re buying this product from the Tyne Chease online store, it comes well protected in a little brown box, but it won’t fit through the door so if you’re thinking about buying some you might want to get it delivered to work.
The taste of this cheese is where it really comes into it’s own. Tyne Chease have a fairly large range, with flavours like original, smoked, dill, chilli and sundried tomatoes. I chose to review the garlic flavour as I love garlic with a passion. Tyne Chase certainly do not scrimp on the garlic in this product! It packed a punch, which made me incredibly happy. It was super creamy, and the garlic really went well. I think I’m going to try the smoked, and original varieties next (as I will definitely be re-buying this product).
I really could not recommend Tyne Chease highly enough. I ate mine in slices in my Spring Burgers and it was delicious! It also works really well spread on crackers. I’m going to try the original version mixed into risotto, and I will report back!