The Story behind Vegan Stokes Cheese
The story behind Vegan Stokes Cheese starts when we learned the truth about dairy – we went vegan!
Learning of the dairy industry practices made it clear that the word "dairy" which we all once thought of as "wholesome", "natural" and even "necessary" is actually none of these things.
We realized that by using animals for dairy we take their whole life from beginning to end, and make that life’s purpose serve our desires. The standard practice entailed in human consumption of the milk lactated by animals to feed their own babies who are torn away from their mothers at birth was beyond shocking and we simply couldn't ignore it once we learned the truth.
Like most, we grew up enjoying dairy cheese and it was a huge part of our diet. So we set out to create our own dairy-free, cruelty-free cheese that would be reminiscent of the taste and texture of the dairy cheese we grew up with and loved; and it had to be healthy, ethical and sustainable.
Eventually, we perfected our vegan cheese and planned to live happily ever after making delicious cruelty free cheese for ourselves. Then it happened. We served them to our unsuspecting non-vegan friends and family who loved them, asked where we purchased them and were utterly shocked when we told them they were our own dairy free creations. Word spread about our cheese and before long we were making cheese for countless people - friends, family and friends of friends. Vegan and omnivores alike couldn't get enough.
After much encouragement to make these delicacies available to everyone, Vegan Stokes Cheese was launched - a true passion project! Our cheese is a labour of love and an extension of our vegan lifestyle - a small local family business, with a Passion for Compassion!
Our products are now exclusively available in select shops in the Greater Toronto Area. Every product is handcrafted in small batches, hand wrapped and made with love.
How Vegan Stokes Cheese is Made
We start by developing our own probiotic cultures and hand making our vegan yogurt. These living cultures are at the heart of the fermenting process for all of our fine non-dairy nut cheeses.
Unlike many soy or coconut oil based vegan cheese products, every one of or nut cheeses are made of solid whole cashews, not just nut milk.
The cashew nuts are blended, then cultured and refined by infusing with select ingredients such as white wine, dark beer, sundried tomatoes and various herbs to produce distinct tastes.
Our cultured rounds are then aged to develop deep umami flavour and just the right texture; firm yet creamy.