Guide to Soy Free Vegan Cheese

soy free vegan cheese guide

Whether you are new to veganism, vegetarian or looking for soy free food choices, in this guide we have scanned the world wide web, health food stores, supermarkets and online vegan stores to find soy free vegan cheese.

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Whether you are new to veganism, vegetarian or looking for soy free food choices, in this guide we have scanned the world wide web, health food stores, supermarkets and online vegan stores to find soy free vegan cheese.

Welcome to our ultimate guide to finding soy free vegan cheese. If you're new to the world of vegan cheese and wondering what soy free vegan cheese even looks like, take a look at this beauty.

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blue pebyec affinage vegan cheese

This is the TyK Affinage vegan blue cheese, made in Brittany France. It is made with just a few simple ingredients and has zero soy in it.

Before we delve in to the world of plant based cheeses, we thought you'd like to know that we run the biggest database of vegan cheese options on the internet, we continually update this discovery tool (sometimes daily) and add any new vegan cheese we find, we categorise it in many different ways and we make that data public, so that we can help you find new vegan cheeses.

For this guide we have gone through our almost 2000+ vegan cheese database to find you vegan cheeses which do not have soy used in their creation.

We then use all this information to create guides to vegan cheese, just like this one, to help you find your next favourite vegan cheese.

Don't forget that if you can't find a vegan cheese of your liking in this guide, make sure to head to the database linked above and you can use the allergen filter to filter all vegan cheeses by soy free as well as filter by location, types of cheese, cheese ingredients and much more.

How Many Soy Free Vegan Cheese Options Are Available

Well, if you were wondering, as you can see below, there are a lot, many hundreds with more being added to the vegan cheese finder weekly.

No matter where you are in the world, if you are looking for a soy free vegan cheese, you should have some great options that you can both buy online for delivery or head in store to buy in a supermarket.

With these many options it means that no matter what type of vegan cheese you are after, whether its a cheddar or brie, you should be able to find what you're looking for.

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Soy Free Vegan Cheese in Your Country

Wherever you are in the world, we have you covered, just below this section we have included every single vegan cheese without soy in an easy to use table for you. Just simply filter by your country location and you will be shown all of the options that are available to you.

We have taken this data right from our unique data set of cheeses and it is continually updated with new options.

So if you are in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe or other parts of the world, there should be offerings for you just below.

 

Looking for a Specific Cheese Family?

You may have come here looking for a specific family of cheese? Whether that be a cheddar, Wensleydale, mozzarella, brie, gouda, mascarpone, or maybe something else?

There are plenty of choices out there and you should hopefully be able to find a specific family of vegan cheese that you have been yearning for.

And you can find those using the tool just below, as well as the country location you are in, you can also filter by the type of vegan cheese you are after.

This means if you are in the UK and are looking for a soy free cheddar vegan cheese, simply filter by United Kingdom for the location and mozzarella for the family type, alternative to filter. This will then give you an up to date list of soy free, vegan mozzarella cheeses that are available in the UK.

Complete List of Soy Free Vegan Cheeses

We have compiled this list of soy free vegan cheeses so you can see just how many there are.

There are a couple of special things about this table. The first is that it is filtered to show only vegan cheeses that contain no soy.

So you know that any cheese you see below, should be good for you to try,

When you select a country and or a type of cheese to filter the cheeses by, you will also be shown how many vegan cheeses are available to you, this number sits just above the filters as you use the tool.

And if you aren't happy with the results, head to our super duper vegan cheese finder and that should help you find a soy free vegan cheese too.

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What Foods to Avoid With Soy Allergy

If you are suffer from allergies with soy then that can trigger an allergic reaction in some individuals. Soybeans, along with their products and derivatives, are common ingredients in many foods and industrial products, making soy allergies notable.

And vegan cheese is no different, there are many vegan cheeses that use this ingredient, although they might not use them as their main ingredient like coconut and cashews are in most vegan cheeses.

Cheese makers might use soy to change the texture slightly or use it as a flavouring ingredient.

All of the foods listed below are derived from soy and processed in different ways to make different food items.

You'll want to avoid all of these if you have an issue.

  • Edamame
  • Miso
  • Natto
  • Soy sauce and shoyu sauce
  • Soy-based fiber, flour, grits, nuts, or sprouts
  • Soy-based milk, yogurt, ice cream, or cheese
  • Soy protein
  • Tamari
  • Tempeh
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  • Tofu

The vegan cheeses you will see above and in our discovery tool, have all been categorised by the maker of the cheese as soy free and we have simply tagged them. We do not tag or categorise vegan cheeses unless they have specific allergen information on their website or food packaging.

This means that all vegan cheeses above will be labelled soy free by the company who makes them.

But just to make sure, sometimes the vegan cheese companies can change their ingredients and process and this may mean they include soy in a future vegan cheese of theirs. We recommend you go to the vegan cheese brands website just to double check first. Each of their websites are linked from their vegan cheese pages.

Soy Free Vegan Cheese in Supermarkets

Do you have a supermarket close by and are you looking to see what is available in your local supermarket?

You'll be happy to know that the majority of vegan cheeses made today and sold by supermarkets around the world, are usually soy free.

This is because the majority of them are made with coconut oil as their main ingredient, they frequently use starches as well as a myriad of flavourings to make the vegan cheeses you'll find on their shelves.

But this does not mean they are all vegan and you should definitely double check the ingredients and any allergen information before you purchase.

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Violife Extra Mature Cheddar Vegan Cheese

 

Above you can see an example of what a supermarket vegan cheese has looked like over the past few years. This is a Violife vegan cheese and is made with coconut oil and starches.

Artisanal Soy Free Vegan Cheese

You may not have heard of this side of the vegan cheese industry, and it's a pretty big deal.

There are two sides to the suppliers of vegan cheese, companies making mass produced, store bought vegan cheese you usually find on large supermarket and retail store shelves.

Then there are the artisanal vegan cheese makers, continually crafting and improving their vegan cheese range.

Maybe you might prefer to try some artisanal vegan cheeses that are soy free and the great news is that you'll find the majority of vegan cheeses made by artisans will be soy free.

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nutty artisan food co simply blue

Above you can see another example of a vegan cheese, this one is made by Nutty Artisan Food Co and is one of their vegan blue cheeses ranges.

It's ingredients include:

  • cashew
  • water
  • coconut extract
  • penicillium roqueforti
  • salt
  • cultures

They are everywhere, you'll be surprised by how many there are and you might even have an artisanal vegan cheese maker near to where you live who stocks local health food stores or even somewhere you can pick up yourself.

If you have any health food stores nearby, they may actually sell vegan artisanal cheese. A lot now also sell on their own cheeses through their websites and online stores and a what is becoming more common is that some artisanal vegan cheese makers actually have cheeses in huge retail stores, being seen by thousands of people a day across entire countries.

If you're wondering where to find these online, head to our vegan cheese database, select the allergen filter soy free, select your location country and finally use the ingredients composition filter and choose wholefood plants as the filter.

You will be shown vegan cheeses from your country that are made by artisans and most importantly that are soy free.

 

What Are Soy Free Vegan Cheeses Made With

You might already know the answer to this if you've tried some vegan cheeses already. With the majority of vegan cheeses being made of coconut oil, potato starches and nuts.

These are ten a penny in supermarket shelves you'll find in the chilled aisles of your go-to supermarket.

These vegan cheeses are most likely soy free as they use a base of coconut oil and various starches to create the texture and this also helps them melt well.

You might be on the look out for something new though.

You may not be aware that there are many other types of vegan cheese with different base ingredients and below we'll highlight some of those.

Vegan Cheese Made with Nuts

Most artisans vegan cheese makers will actually use nuts to create their incredible vegan cheeses, with cashews being the pick of the bunch.

You'll have plenty of artisanal vegan cheese options if you are in North America, Europe or Australia.

Are All Soy Free Made With Nuts

That is a great question, if a vegan cheese is soy free, then, does that mean it's made with nuts? If not, what else could they be made from.

The simple answer here is that no, not all soy free vegan cheeses are made with nuts.

There are also many other vegan cheeses being made with incredible results from many different main ingredients.

We've seen vegan cheeses made from cauliflower, lentils, chickpeas, even potato, rice, lupin and seeds.

We're sure you'll be surprised by how many different ingredients are used as the base of vegan cheeses.

 

Soy Free Vegan Cheese Recipes

If you've got some time at home, you should give a vegan cheese recipe a go.

You might want to make your own vegan cheese at home and if you're looking for soy free vegan cheese recipes you have some amazing recipes you can follow.

We have a vegan cheese recipe finder and there you can filter by soy free.

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make vegan cheese recipes landing page

Just like our vegan cheese discovery tool, the recipe discovery tool works in the same way, but will show you recipes that you can filter in a myriad of ways.

There are over 20 different vegan cheese types, from Cheddar to Mozzarella, that you can make using the recipe finder and amazingly, they are all soy free.

Most Popular Vegan Cheese That is Soy Free

You might want to just see which vegan cheese is the most popular and luckily we can show you those.

Whether its cheddar, brie or a camembert, we can hopefully find you a new favourite with all the options we have in our vegan cheese database.

 

 

Average: 7 (7 votes)
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Best Brie Vegan Cheese of 2023
Average: 9.3 (4 votes)

Does Soy Free Vegan Cheese Melt

One of the biggest questions we always ask of vegan cheese is how well it can melt and we've found an array of main ingredients in vegan cheese can and does melt very well.

If you're looking to make a home made pizza or a quick grilled cheese sandwich and want to use soy free vegan cheese we have some of the best vegan cheeses below that will melt well whilst still being soy free.

You will find that even the best melting vegan cheeses are usually soy free, so good news here if you are looking to make a home made pizza or grilled cheese sandwhich.

Average: 8.8 (4 votes)
Average: 10 (8 votes)
Average: 8.6 (16 votes)
Average: 9.5 (13 votes)
Average: 8.3 (11 votes)
Average: 7 (14 votes)

Why Is Soy Used in Vegan Cheese

Is soy used as the main ingredient, is it used for taste, what else could be its purpose in vegan cheese.

There are a number of reasons why soy is used in vegan cheese, some use it as their main ingredient, whilst others use it to enhance or add to its taste.

Many hundreds of years ago, soy was used to create tofu, which was then fermented and had other processes similar to cheese making.

This resulted in cheese made by soy and was popular in China. Even now we still create cheeses similarly with soy and other main ingredients.

 

How Many Vegan Cheeses Use Soy as Main Ingredient

This guide has been about avoiding soy in vegan cheese, but below we have a quick look at how many vegan cheeses there are with soy in them.

Below you can see exactly how many of the

1, 867
vegan cheeses we have in our database that are made with soy.

There are well over 100 vegan cheeses with soy used as the main ingredient, that is just less than 5% of all vegan cheeses in our database.

This number does not include soy that is used in small amounts in the cheeses, one of those ingredients is miso.

Miso is also popular in vegan cheese and used as a flavouring, especially if they want to create more umami and earthy, salty flavours.

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Soy is Fed to Farmed Animals Around the World

We'd like to finish this guide to soy free vegan cheese with this thought.

Is it possible to avoid soy if you also eat animals?

The short answer is no, it is not, even though you aren't directly consuming soy, if you eat animals, the majority of those worldwide will have somewhere along the line been fed soy products in various forms.

This link here gives you an insight in to where the soy is going and how much each animal consumes in its short life. https://hiddensoy.panda.org/

For pigs, every 100g of pig flesh, they would have been fed around 41g of soy.

If you eat dairy cheese, which has come from an animal, on average, they would have consumed approximately 24g of soy for every 100g of dairy cheese produced, that is almost one quarter of the end products weight.

Farmed fish is even worse, with almost 95g of soy fed to farmed fish for every 100g of fish that would be eaten. In Europe, the average person eats 2.4kg a year of fish which means they are indirectly consuming 2.3kg of soy.

It's a similar story with chicken, 96g of soy is fed to chickens for every 100g of their flesh.

And there is a similar theme for eating beef, yoghurt, cows milk and eggs.

Even though you may not directly be consuming the soy, you will be demanding it.

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Go check it out as we're sure you can find a new favorite or first vegan cheese that you love!