Sometimes in retail, products expire and then you can't sell it. Shit happens. Right now in our home freezer, we have 11 containers of silken tofu, 8 packs of fakin bakin, and a bunch of Vegan Gourmet cheese. A loss for the store, but a gain for us at home, I suppose.
I always love and use Vegan Gourmet cheese (except for the cheddar flavor. It's not great), so it's like a fake cheese jackpot for us. However, I found out that the texture changes quite a bit after it has been frozen. Once it's thawed, it is too wet and grainy to eat cold on a sandwich. However! When you melt a once frozen block of Vegan Gourmet, it gets super melty. Like, yummy for my tummy melty. Notice the melty goodness on this lasagna we had:
I've been trying to find any excuse to eat the cheese now. I'm all pasta'd out though, so maybe some patty melts are in our future. Maybe with all that fakin bakin?
I also received some free samples of two products that we will be offering very soon, one being a vegan cream and one a vegan condensed milk. I was especially excited about the condensed milk, in hopes of perfecting/veganizing my mom's sausage gravy recipe. It always works fine with soymilk, but since she uses condensed milk in hers, I was hoping for more authenticity.
So, I began whipping up the vegan sausage with oil, since vegan sausage doesn't have the extra fat that pig flesh sausage does, and adding the flour, then I poured in the vegan condensed milk. I was impressed with it's thickness! I stuck my finger in the milk to taste it, and it was VERY sweet. Way more sweet than regular condensed milk, as far as I remember. Shoot. So rather than having sausage gravy, it was more like hot sausage custard. Ha!
Note to self: new condensed milk is great for sweet applications, for savory- not so much. Behold, the custard:
Those are not the usual fluffy veganized Paula Deen biscuits I make, they're just baking powder-style biscuits. I'm trying to be good and not use so much fat in my cooking. Then I go and make a dessert out of sausage. Ha. Yuck. The gravy texture was perfect, the flavor was nasty. Oh well.