Where’s My Spread?

I have got to tell you about Spread. I know, I know. This is the part of the week where I usually share a fabulous vegetarian/vegan recipe with y’all. Instead, I’m going to tell you about vegan cheeze product. Why?

Two reasons.

1. I am in love with it. When I do not have Spread in my house I am 10% less happy. At least.

2. While you cannot get Spread outside of where I live (Durham, NC), I hope this post will inspire you to check into your local food market a bit more and/or take a chance on something interesting you might not usually eat (but that is relatively good for you of course!)

First, what the heck is Spread?  It is a vegan cheeze substitute of sorts. It looks like a cheese-type spread. So you don’t slice it. It comes in a container and looks similar in texture to hummus. The Spread folk describe it as being vegan along with gluten and soy-free. It is a nut-based cheeze. I think they have four flavors. I consume two of them all day and all night. My two favs are cheddar and jalapeno and goat cheeze.

I first came across Spread while on the facebook page for Triangle Meatless Monday. Spread is usually sold at the Durham farmer’s market on Saturdays, but not necessarily every Saturday. They have a facebook page. If you want to make sure they will be at the market, I’d check on there first. Post a question, and someone will respond.

I was interested in what a nut-based cheese might taste like. Since I like to go to yoga during the time the market runs, I sent Mark (yeah Mark! My hero!). Mark came back with the cheddar jalapeno. I decided it looked, well, a bit on the strange side. Certainly it did not look like cheese. Well, maybe a bit. I scooped out some and ate it. It was – weird. However, it also cost 6.00 a tub, and it didn’t taste terrible. I decided I would stick with it.

I ran out and got some crackers (rosemary crackers from Whole Foods works best here). I tried it again. Getting better! I kept at it, and before I knew it I was hooked. Next time we got some goat cheeze. It took a couple of tries to get used to it, but once I did, again, I was hooked! Now I buy the stuff in bulk. You can freeze it, and it will thaw out just fine.

I love it so much that if I am getting low on the stuff I start to get antsy. I will actually choose to snack on Spread rather than actual cheese made from cow’s milk. If you know me, you know that this is a BIG deal. I have always loved my cheese and eat it by the truck load. But now that I found Spread? I’ve really scaled back on the cheese.

If you live in Durham, I strongly suggest you give it a try. If you don’t, I am sad for you. However, what I learned from this experience is how much more interesting and better my life can be without cheese or with limited cheese. In a million years I would never have imagined myself eating a nut-based cheeze type product and stocking up on it! I hope you take time to explore your grocer or farmer’s market for something new and interesting and challenge yourself to try something that you never considered. And when you find something really amazing that you just can’t live without, I hope you will share it here!

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Penelope
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 09:24:58

    I wish I could find this here! I have had to give up cheese, because my tummy hates it, but I would love an acceptable substitute! (I doubt I will ever be a full-on vegan though…. way too lazy. Also, do not wish to give up honey.)

    Reply

    • leighahall
      Aug 25, 2012 @ 17:52:57

      As much as I hate to admit it, I feel better when I eat less cheese. I love cheese, and it’s hard for me to imagine giving it up 100%. So I understand what you mean about becoming vegan. However, I thought I could never give up chicken wings and be a vegetarian so you never know what you can do!

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