Avellana Creamery

Our Mission: To produce divine artisanal vegan cheeses for all fine food lovers, using age-old traditional methods and the finest organic Oregon hazelnuts prepared with craftmanship, consciousness and compassion.

Finally, a great tasting, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free cheese! Once you taste it, you’ll know the difference…

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Oregon Hazelnut Blossom

Purchasing our product has a high value return on many, many platforms. First and foremost, you get the best tasting vegan cheese money can buy! After that, the investments are endless. Whatever your agenda, I’ll bet we’ve got it covered: animal activism, animal rescue, local consumerism, slow food, slow money, organic agriculture, environmentally kind practices, recycling and reusing, food health (soy free, gluten free, organic, paleo-friendly) green packaging, and community building are just some of the campaigns that we will be supporting with our process and with our profits.

Avellana Creamery is a company founded on preserving the health of our planet and the health and well-being of all beings who live here. Our goal is to make delectable vegan cheese products to show consumers that there is a whole world of culinary possibility outside the realm of dairy, to show the world that we can have it all, compassion, health, and delicious artisanal food. Our hope is that the product itself will begin the process of raising questions in the minds of consumers, leading to an examination of whether our habits match up with our beliefs where food is concerned.

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Organic sprouted hazelnuts from Meridian Farm, Aurora, Oregon

What goes into making Avellana cheese? First of all, we start with whole, unbroken hazelnuts. Whole nuts retain their flavor better than broken nuts and so make a richer final cheese product. Whole nuts cost more, but we feel the end product is worth it. What makes our cheese different than other vegan cheeses?

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Avellana Cocoa Nib Boursault

Most vegan cheeses are made by grinding nuts into a paste then flavoring with salt and/or other spices. At Avellana Creamery we treasure the ideas of the past. We make our cheeses using the same ancient traditions that carried through century after century. We make our cheese not from nut paste, but from hazelnut milk. While we do have to finely grind the nut to make the milk, we remove all the fiber from the hazelnut, using only the remaining smooth, rich cream. It takes over two pounds of hazelnuts to make one pound of cheese. This increases the cost of our cheese compared with other vegan cheeses on the market, but the difference is evident in the final product. We focus on using fair trade, local, cultivated without chemicals or organic spices to finish our product. With no thickeners like agar or tapioca starch, no need to add nutritional yeast or miso to enhance the flavor, our vegan cheese is bursting with rich flavor all on its own. The essential flavor of the hazelnut is not masked by the fiber of the nut or covered over with outside flavorings. The cultures ripen only the most flavorful elements of the hazelnut producing a totally unique, healthy and divinely decadent experience in vegan cheese.

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Italian Herb, Smoked Paprika, and Berbere Spiced Boursault hazelnut cheeses

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