Frequently asked questions
What are probiotics and how do they affect the cheeze?
Probiotics (Acidophilus and Bifidus) are added to my cashew cheeze products (Original, Herb and Chili Lime). They are natural, healthy micro-organisms found in the stomach and intestine and are important for gut health.
Some conditions (such as antibiotic use) can change the normal balance of bacteria/yeast in your gut. Probiotics are used to improve digestion and restore normal flora.
They are often used to help treat bowel problems (such as diarrhea, irritable bowel), eczema, vaginal yeast infections, lactose intolerance, and urinary tract infections.
The probiotics found in my cheeze products are added when dormant and start to ferment over time. This means, the closer to the best before date, the more adctive the probiotics are. As they ferment, they become more active and are even better for your gut. I personally prefer my cheeze when it is more fermeneted. The flavour becomes more intense and even creamier. If you would like to try your cheeze more fermented, leave it out of the fridge for a few hours and watch it grow as the cheeze ferments. The oil (which is to preserve the cheeze) may leak over the side, do not worry, this is simply because the cheeze is growing because the bacteria is more active. Be careful though, if you leave it outside of the fridge for too long (24+ hours for a new jar) it can explode!
My cheeze is a bit fizzy, is it safe to eat?
The more fermented my cheeze is (i.e. the more active the probiotics are), the fizzier it tastes to begin with. This usually dissipates after being stirred and left open for 20-30 minutes. It is safe to eat when it is a bit fizzy.
If however, it has a strong taste of vinegar and is extremely fizzy, it means that it is over fermented and may not OK to eat.
Can I eat my cheeze or mayo after the best before date?
The best before date on my products is an indication of how long they will last for. I have eaten my cheeze and mayo well after it's best before date, no problems. For my cheeze, simply make sure it isn't overly fermented or has a strong vinegar taste or is extremely fizzy (refer to above FAQ).
My Mayo is fine as long as long as there is no mould in the jar.
My Parmezen is fine for a very long time (eve beyond it best before date). It may however start to clump due to humidity or become lighter due to exposure to light and the fact that it is all natural ingredients.
What is nutritional yeast?
Nutritional yeast is added to all of my cheeze products (cream cheezes and parmezen). Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, which means yeast cells are killed during processing and are inactive in the final product.
It’s described has a nutty, cheesy, and savory flavor and is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals, particularly B vitamins.
Please note however, that unless nutritional yeast has been fortified with B12, it does not naturally contain this B vitamin.
Is it normal for my cheeze to change colour?
If exposed to light, my cheese can change colour and becoma lighter.
Do I need to refirdgerate my cheeze?
Yes, the cheezes and mayos need to be kept in the fridge. However, the Parmezen is shelf stable and can be kept in the pantry.