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 Post subject: Re: Kite Hill Cheeses!
PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:13 pm 
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Shucks, I tried the Alder a couple of weeks ago and thought the most impressive aspects (for a $13 item !) were the rind and the casing, by far. Interesting in trying the rest, though!

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 Post subject: Re: Kite Hill Cheeses!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:33 pm 
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Read the thread this morning, got excited, and soon after made the windy walk over to Whole Foods to buy.

The Alder, paired with cracker, dried fig, and persimmon is most tasty. A bit tofu-y in texture and not really as brie-like as I hoped, but darned expensive and tasty.


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 Post subject: Re: Kite Hill Cheeses!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:26 pm 
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This finally made its way to the east coast, so I bought the White Alder this weekend too! It was very mild, not as flavorful as I was hoping for, mostly salty. I had heard it compared to brie, but honestly I have no freaking clue what brie tastes like. Anyway I liked it, but I don't see myself spending fourteen bucks on it again any time soon.

I think the only other one they had was the Cassucio, which was slightly cheaper ($9?), so I might try that sometime.


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 Post subject: Re: Kite Hill Cheeses!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:52 pm 
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I was going to sit here and whine to myself that they don't have it in my town. . . But they do, and I apparently pass over it every time I'm at Whole Foods' faux meat/cheese section? I must check this out!


They're hiding in the ACTUAL cheese section! Which I think is neat--they're calling it nut milk cheese and putting it in with the rest of the cheese like "hey, this ain't a weird thing at all y'all should get up on it."

My friend who has a partner who makes too much money almost always buys some Kite Hill when my bf and I are going to their place for dinner because she always sets out wine and cheese beforehand. I am all too happy to eat it on someone else's dime!

I like the White Alder. It's been so long since I've had brie that it's really not an issue for me--the outside is a nice texture and I love how creamy it is inside. The taste is mild, but just enough tang to be pleasant. The Costanoa isn't as good, though I don't find the texture very tofu-y--it's just fairly bland. I enjoy it plenty with a cracker, though, especially when there's other little nibblies that I can pile on. The creaminess makes for a nice complement to other things.

Also, omnis have sampled it when it's been out and said it's pretty good. So, I see that as a victory--that omnis might actually be willing to enjoy eating it. Word!

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 Post subject: Re: Kite Hill Cheeses!
PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:47 am 
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i tried the white alder. it's so weird. it does have mild brie taste to it, which is nice, but the texture makes it seem like it's tofu set up with agar. that's not what i want from almond and macadamia cheese. also, it's kind of oily. my omni friend said it had a brie taste to it, so that is good. but it also made both of our throats burn. i have no idea what that was about as i've never had that reaction to nuts before.

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 Post subject: Re: Kite Hill Cheeses!
PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:16 pm 
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My mom bought me the White Alder when I went home for Christmas. I was thrilled to try it, as I didn't know it made it to MA yet. But I was a little dissapointed - it was fairly bland and the texture was a little tofu-like. I guess for the taste and the hype I thought i'd be amazing? But it was tasty on garlic-herb crackers, and it wasn't any trouble to snack on it! I'm interested in trying the other flavors to compare.

Also: there is Kite Hill VEGAN RICOTTA! My mom had to ask for it, and they scooped it out of a big case and weighed by the pound - it was DELICIOUS. I made stuffed shells with it. I mean, it was a treat, and probably just as good as tofu-cashew ricotta, but the ease of cooking with it was great. I'd buy it again.


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My boyfriend and I picked up the Cassucio a couple of weeks ago, and we flipped for it. It is mild - in a very fresh-buffalo-mozzarella way. We had it on crackers first, which was delightful (my vegetarian kid [20] and his omni roommate [19] scarfed it up, too). A couple of days ago, we made a caprese-esque salad with cherry tomatoes, basil, and a luxurious balsamic, and it was incredible.

The Cassucio was the only one this WF had; apparently they had gotten the other two flavors in, and nobody working in the cheese department liked them, so they won't stock them. Grrrr. They're also about to stop carrying the Cassucio, too, because it's not selling. Of course, nobody seems to know that it's there...


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I tried the ricotta, only because I stumbled upon it at a different Whole Foods than "my" WF and we were having calzones that night. Not impressed, particularly for the price. Isa's cashew tofu ricotta is still the clear winner on that front.


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Is this stuff refrigerated? Wondering if I can buy some in NYC to bring home, or if I'll have to try it there.


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And I totally didn't realize Door 86 was local to Nashville! I'm going to have to pick some up soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Kite Hill Cheeses!
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And I totally didn't realize Door 86 was local to Nashville! I'm going to have to pick some up soon.


Let us know how it goes! I backed them on Kickstarter and can't wait to try some delicious cheezy goodness.

I had Treeline while I was in Austin and LOVED IT. It definitely beat out Kite Hill, though I still enjoy Kite Hill and I like that vegan cheeses are being taken seriously by omni stores.

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 Post subject: Re: Kite Hill Cheeses!
PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 3:12 am 
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Is this stuff refrigerated? Wondering if I can buy some in NYC to bring home, or if I'll have to try it there.


It is refrigerated, so traveling with it probably isn't feasible.


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 Post subject: Re: Kite Hill Cheeses!
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I got the White Alder. At the WF I went to it was in the dairy case with the other nondairy cheeses which is fine by me because I hate being in the cheese and meat areas. I thought it was like brie too. I would like to try another flavor too. Maybe a different WF would have one?

I'm also excited to try Door 86 as I also backed them on Kickstarter. Anyone know when they're going to ship out the perk packages?

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 Post subject: Re: Kite Hill Cheeses!
PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:03 pm 
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I tried the alder today. I've never had Brie so I cant compare. I did not care for it at all it tastes so sour. The only cheese ive had were sweetish or mild tasting. The texture of the skin was rubbery.


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ijustdiedinside wrote:
i tried the white alder. it's so weird. it does have mild brie taste to it, which is nice, but the texture makes it seem like it's tofu set up with agar. that's not what i want from almond and macadamia cheese. also, it's kind of oily. my omni friend said it had a brie taste to it, so that is good. but it also made both of our throats burn. i have no idea what that was about as i've never had that reaction to nuts before.


The white alder also makes my & my boyfriend's throats and mouths burn. Something isn't right there. Maybe the alder?


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I've been reading reviews and they say there is a farmer's style cheese that is more mild than the alder. I can't wait to try that.


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ijustdiedinside wrote:
i tried the white alder. it's so weird. it does have mild brie taste to it, which is nice, but the texture makes it seem like it's tofu set up with agar. that's not what i want from almond and macadamia cheese. also, it's kind of oily. my omni friend said it had a brie taste to it, so that is good. but it also made both of our throats burn. i have no idea what that was about as i've never had that reaction to nuts before.


The white alder also makes my & my boyfriend's throats and mouths burn. Something isn't right there. Maybe the alder?


god, that is so weird! what is it???

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I've been reading reviews and they say there is a farmer's style cheese that is more mild than the alder. I can't wait to try that.


It's awesome, but then, I like them all!

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ijustdiedinside wrote:
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ijustdiedinside wrote:
i tried the white alder. it's so weird. it does have mild brie taste to it, which is nice, but the texture makes it seem like it's tofu set up with agar. that's not what i want from almond and macadamia cheese. also, it's kind of oily. my omni friend said it had a brie taste to it, so that is good. but it also made both of our throats burn. i have no idea what that was about as i've never had that reaction to nuts before.


The white alder also makes my & my boyfriend's throats and mouths burn. Something isn't right there. Maybe the alder?


god, that is so weird! what is it???


Happened to me too. And poopiebitch. So weird.

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So i am trying to finish my alder and I don't know if it was the power of suggestion but my throat def strung and it had a weird chemical aftertaste.


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I bought two of these and they're...good? They have the texture of flavored tofu, which is disappointing. But they're OK. Not $11 okay, though! damn.

eta: one is a soft cheese dill and herb. It's really only edible with olive tapenade, and I love dill. The other would be AWESOME on a sandwich. Mild and a little tangy.

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I tried Kite Hill and I even bought a container after testing it in Whole Foods. I swear I saw the woman smear it on the cracker she gave me. I saw that wrong. Don't get me wrong, the taste is delicious, but this cheese does not smear like cream cheese. It is the exact same texture as firm tofu. I didn't like the texture at all but I did love the taste.


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I saw these for the first time in a while at a big Whole Foods recently (back in the fake meaty/cheesy section vs. the fancy cheese cooler, where they were originally) and I noticed the new branding and logos, "almond milk" highlight and I swear, a smaller container, at least, for the brie? I considered buying some for jlegume, but for that price and the recent murmurs here, yikes.

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I saw Kite Hill cream cheese at WF yesterday - has anyone had it? The base is almond milk and it comes in plain and chive. I didn't buy it because it was like $6, the only thing I would do with it is put it on bagels (which I would also have to buy), and I've had a 0% success rate with any vegan cream cheese.


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I had the plain. The texture is the best of any vegan cream cheese I've tried. The taste was a little play doughy to me which I seem to taste in all vegan cream cheeses and sour creams. That's only when eating it plain though, and that especially disappears if there's anything sweet with it. Otherwise it's great. I'm excited to try the chive, as previously the daiya chive has been my favorite.


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