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August 2, 2014

Cheese: why I'm not vegan [review]


We all know I'm vegetarian. I've made no secret of it. Because my primary reason for this is health-related, I also cut back on dairy and other animal-derived products when I made this change. Milk was swapped for almond milk and sour cream shows up in the fridge much less often than it used to. Eggs are used more for baking than eating. But, there's that one thing that I haven't kicked, nor have I really tried. Many vegetarians who haven't gone vegan would agree this is their stumbling block (and that's totally OK): cheese.

Yum. Vegetarian or not, it's rare to come across someone who doesn't love the tasty goodness of cheese. None the less, it's still important to me to eat as clean as possible, so when I was given the opportunity to try Rumiano's organic, non-GMO variety, there was no way I was going to refuse!




Rumiano sent me some vouchers to shop and choose the cheeses of my liking. They are sold at Whole Foods everywhere as well as many organic grocery stores. You can use their online store locator to find where Rumiano is sold near you.

Luckily, there is a Whole Foods within walking distance of my office, so I stopped by on my lunch break one day to indulge myself. Something to note - you have to be looking for this stuff to find it. It took me a long time and sadly this store only carried the block cheese (they also have a sliced variety) and only three types, two of which were cheddar. I grabbed two and later went to an organic store 25 miles away to encounter the same issue. Three different blocks of cheese and that was it. I'd love to see more presence in-store, but I know that can take time.

Another note - the cheese sold for 5.99 at Whole Foods. Yikes! Then again, we all know we sadly must pay more for quality food. However, I was surprised to find it was a good bit cheaper at the organic grocer where I bought my final block - like 70 cents less. I expected that store to cost more as they are smaller, but lesson learned- shop around!

Anyway, on to the important part - the cheese!


We tried sharp cheddar, mozzarella, and monterey jack. The first two are gone and the last one is only still left because it's in the fridge at work for a snack I didn't have time for :). They were all soft and delicious! The texture and flavor will great!

One oddity though- they don't taste like what you would expect that "flavor" to taste like. I don't know if it's because it's organic/non-GMO, or if they just have a different "recipe," but I gave each cheese to Sean blindly and he was stunned each time I told him what it was. Tasty, none the less, but not what you'd expect if you're used to conventional supermarket cheese. Regardless, we devoured these and would definitely consider #RumianoCheese in the future - I hope I see more of them in grocery stores soon!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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