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 Post subject: Mikyoko's Kitchen Cultured Vegan Butter Appreciation Thread
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:07 am 
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Holy crepe you guys, this stuff is amazing. http://shop.miyokoskitchen.com/collecti ... ter-cheese

It's delicious, and the texture is amazing. I am afraid I'm going to eat a whole block of it in a single day. Apparently, it even browns!

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I love it too, truly amazing.
Try her fresh mozzarella, if you can find it, it's to die for!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:36 pm 
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I love her cheese but I don't get this. Is regular dairy butter cultured and I just never knew it? Or is there some type of fancy cultured dairy butter I never had pregan? What does it taste like?

I supposed I could just try it but butter is low on my list right now due to a fitness challenge. So I'm just curious what culturing does to butter vs. cheese.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 2:22 pm 
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No, normal butter isn't cultured (although isn't buttermilk a cultured thing? I guess if it's called 'buttermilk' and it's not the stuff left over after making butter, it's fermented milk...). I think it's just her butter that's cultured, probably to give it the right texture or something? You don't usually point out that cheese is cultured-- I think she's making a big deal out of using cultures to make her dairy products because it seems more natural and stuff, or at least different from, manufactured faux dairy products.

Anyway, I keep seeing her butter and not buying it because I'm already used to cooking with Earth Balance and I don't know how other butter-like substances will act. If you can make a roux with it, I'll certainly give it a try...

I've been eating her fresh mozzarella occasionally, too. I like it, but it in no way resembles actual mozzarella, which might be sort of misleading to people trying to go vegan and replacing stuff-- it's a lovely spread, and I like it on these really nice floury Francese rolls a bakery near here makes. I haven't tried the tomato/basil/mozzarella thing, though, just toasted rolls and spread.

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It's really good. You can do pretty much anything with it - bake, roux, sauces, pan-frying, whatever. It does brown but you have to watch it, as it burns even faster than dairy butter.

I do have to say that - as good as it is, it still isn't as good as homemade butter from Mattie's recipe on veganbaking.net. It's really good, but the stuff I make is even better. Still, we're thrilled to have it in a pinch, and it is wonderful to have an alternative to the horrific palm oil in Earth Balance.

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Cool! I'm heading off to Whole Foods in an hour or so. I'll pick some up...

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Here's my understanding: when people make dairy butter from fresh cream, it doesn't have that much flavor. Regular cheapo dairy butter has natural flavors added to give it a stronger flavor. However, you can get fancy cultured dairy butter that doesn't need those additional natural flavors. Culturing the cream before churning it adds extra flavor.

I'm pretty excited to try Miyoko's cultured vegan butter! I have trouble breaking my EB spread habit, but I would like something palm-free that tastes less margarine-y.


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ahh helbury that makes sense.

now my curiosity is really peaked so i googled and found these dairy style "european" cultured butters:

http://organicvalley.custhelp.com/app/a ... t-is-it%3F
http://www.vermontcreamery.com/cultured-butter-1

so apparently it is a fancy european thing i never had before.

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Maybe I'm just used to paying EB prices, but this is twice as much or more! If it's totally worth it, I could see it, but my butter applications are few and far between, so I totally balked at the price.

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It's definitely spendy. I wouldn't use it for baking or cooking, unless it was an application that really specifically relied on a complex, buttery flavor (or browned butter - I'm going to give that a shot). I'll continue to use EB for most everything, but damn, if you want to get a loaf of fancy crusty bread and eat it with "butter," this is your stuff.

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I'm going to have to do an online order for this, but the browning part has me sold. I really miss that browned, nutty taste over my mushroom ravioli or as a basis for sauce. Looking forward to trying this!


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Why why why WHY does Canada not get any cool stuff? Yes, I could make it...but I just really want to buy it.

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paprikapapaya wrote:
Why why why WHY does Canada not get any cool stuff? Yes, I could make it...but I just really want to buy it.


I order from vegansupply.ca -- they carry this and other Miyoko's kitchen products.


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yesterday at sac co-op they demoed the moz and made pizza! so good. thought i would have time to go back later in the day to grab some but did not. :(

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I liked the butter. We got a thing called an "herb slab" from the market (Acme Bakery, I think?) and cut it into little slices and toasted it and put Miyoko's butter on it, and it was very pleasant indeed.

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I've been making the cultured vegan butter from Miyoko's recent cookbook "The Artisan Vegan Kitchen," I wonder if it's much different from the store bought version?

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fenice wrote:
paprikapapaya wrote:
Why why why WHY does Canada not get any cool stuff? Yes, I could make it...but I just really want to buy it.


I order from vegansupply.ca -- they carry this and other Miyoko's kitchen products.

I also ordered some from Vegan Supply, but it's pretty pricey by the time you factor in cold packs and expedited shipping. We liked it much better than EB and it doesn't contain palm oil. I think I am going to try making my own. From what I read online, it's pretty easy to make.


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I bought some and ate it on crusty bread, but now I'm not sure what else to do with it. I guess it'll probably last forever and I can just keep eating when I get good bread. What else has butter as an important flavor component?

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French onion soup? Caramels? I'd be interested in trying this in stuff that calls for brown butter.

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ameyfm wrote:
I've been making the cultured vegan butter from Miyoko's recent cookbook "The Artisan Vegan Kitchen," I wonder if it's much different from the store bought version?


I was wondering that too Amey! I haven't had a chance to make it yet but it's the first thing I'll be whipping up when I'm reunited with my blender.

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It does not last forever. I'd eaten barely a quarter of it before it went moldy. On FB they suggested freezing it.


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Mine went moldy, too. Thanks for the tip about freezing it, I'll do that next time!

I really do love it, but it's definitely a luxury item. I don't think I'll be making a batch of frosting with it any time soon, but it's perfect spread on fresh bread, or in a brown butter sauce. I'm all for reducing my reliance on EB!


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Thanks for the freezing tip! I guess I'm just used to earth balance lasting forever. My miyoko butter is in the freezer now. I used some last night on steamed fresh peas with a little salt and pepper. It was nice.

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I expected that too and was very unhappy when it went bad so fast.


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Miyoko's has great customer service. If something goes bad before the expiration date and you let them know, they'll reimburse you for your purchase.


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