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Vegan chef and cookbook author Skye Conroy (aka The Gentle Chef) shares his non-dairy cheese recipes with simple DIY Vegan Cheese Kits.
1,054 backers pledged $50,616 to help bring this project to life.

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The Problem

People who adopt a plant-based diet often miss the pleasures of dairy cheese. Many vegans identify cheese as one of the most challenging food items they give up in order to eat ethically. While there are some alternatives on the market, most of them are poor imitations that lack the flavor, texture and yumminess of dairy cheese. They’re also not widely available.

The Solution

Chef Skye Michael Conroy aka The Gentle Chef has devoted thousands of hours to developing “non-dairy cheese” recipes that closely mimic the “real” thing. As the author of three vegan cookbooks (with a fourth on the way), he is passionate about helping fellow vegans to prepare foods that are both healthy and delicious. His approach is to “Veganize” traditional dishes that many of us have grown up with, so we can continue to enjoy the nostalgia that is so closely linked with those foods.

Through trial and error as well as feedback from thousands of fans of his cookbooks, Chef Skye has perfected a variety of what he calls “Instant Vegan Cheeses”. Unlike traditional dairy cheese or even some of the nut-based cheeses now available, his block and wheel cheeses do not require any fermentation or ripening period. They achieve their full flavor and texture (and can be eaten and enjoyed) within hours of making them.

Better still, most take less than 15 minutes to prepare.

The one catch is that they require a few special plant-based ingredients that are not available in your local Whole Foods Market or health food store. That’s why Chef Skye has developed these Vegan Cheese Kits, which will be launched under the Druids Grove brand name in honor of the ancient mystics who communed with nature and believed in the sanctity of all living creatures.

These kits will contain most of the ingredients (except a few pantry staples) required to create three of his most popular cheese recipes: Brie, Classic Cheddar and Firm Mozzarella. The kit ingredients are organic and non-GMO as well as gluten-free. There is also a 24-page recipe guide that fully explains these ingredients, the technique for making the cheeses, and even troubleshooting tips to ensure your success regardless of your cooking skills.

Chef Skye believes that you will find these to be not only delicious, but also very close in texture and taste to their namesakes. You can even shred and melt them just like their dairy counterparts.

These kits are perfect for any vegan or aspiring ethical eater. Heck, you don’t even need to embrace a plant-based diet to enjoy them. Maybe you’re lactose intolerant or have a full-blown allergy to dairy. Or maybe you just want to do something to take control of your health and help animals at the same time.

These kits also make a very attractive gift for anyone in your life who enjoys good food and cares about our planet and all who live here.

Please help us reach our goal

So please support us by pre-ordering at one of the pledge/reward levels and also share our Kickstarter page with your family and friends. Your investment will fund the first production run of our kits.

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Stretch Goals

Please see Updates for a description of the stretch goals.

Rewards

Here’s what you will get in return (in addition to a heap of good karma):

OUR EVERLASTING LOVE AND GRATITUDE! ($7). If you want to try an amazing Vegan cheese and don't mind hunting down the special ingredients required, we'll send you a PDF recipe to try out.

(You can cancel or change your pledge at any time during the campaign.)

THE BOOK ($17). A special PDF edition of the Non-Dairy Evolution Cookbook, which is loaded with 127 of Chef Skye's latest recipes for plant-based versions of dairy foods.

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THE TEE ($19). One high-quality 100% cotton American Apparel tee shirt with limited edition Druids Grove design. You choose Men's or Women's style sizes XS through 3XL.

Domestic shipping included.



EARLY BIRD ($22). One Vegan Cheese Kit at the early bird price, complete with essential ingredients for making a wheel or block of non-dairy cheese. You choose the type: Brie, Cheddar or Mozzarella. And a printed 24-page instruction and recipe guide. (Be the first 150 to back us at this special price!) 

Domestic shipping included.

THE KIT ($27). One Vegan Cheese Kit complete with essential ingredients for making a wheel or block of non-dairy cheese. You choose the type: Brie, Cheddar or Mozzarella. And a printed 24-page instruction and recipe guide.

Domestic shipping included.

THE KIT + BOOK ($37). One Vegan Cheese Kit complete with essential ingredients for making a wheel or block of non-dairy cheese. You choose the type: Brie, Cheddar or Mozzarella. A printed 24-page instruction and recipe guide is included. And a special PDF edition of the Non-Dairy Evolution Cookbook loaded with 127 of Chef Skye's latest recipes for plant-based versions of dairy foods.

Domestic shipping included.

PREMIUM EARLY BIRD ($47). One Premium Vegan Cheese Kit at the early bird price, complete with essential ingredients for making three wheels or blocks of non-dairy cheese, one of each type: Brie, Cheddar and Mozzarella. And a printed 24-page instruction and recipe guide. (Be the first 100 to back us at this special price!)

Domestic shipping included.

PREMIUM KIT ($57). One Premium Vegan Cheese Kit complete with essential ingredients for making three wheels or blocks of non-dairy cheese, one of each type: Brie, Cheddar and Mozzarella. And a printed 24-page instruction and recipe guide.

Domestic shipping included.

THE WHOLE ENCHILADA: PREMIUM KIT + BOOK + TEE ($87). One Premium Vegan Cheese Kit at the early bird price, complete with essential ingredients for making three wheels or blocks of non-dairy cheese, one of each type: Brie, Cheddar and Mozzarella. A printed 24-page instruction and recipe guide is included. And a special PDF edition of the Non-Dairy Evolution Cookbook loaded with 127 of Chef Skye's latest recipes for plant-based versions of dairy foods. And one limited edition Druids Grove tee shirt.

Domestic shipping included.

Risks and challenges

Of course, no venture is without risk. But I have done everything possible to minimize the risks associated with this project. These kits are based on recipes that I have developed through hundreds of hours of experimentation. These cheeses have been tested by thousands of vegans and received overwhelmingly positive feedback... much of which can be seen on The Gentle Chef Facebook page.

The packaging artwork and dielines have already been preflighted and are ready to go to the box manufacturer as soon as our funding goal has been reached.

So the primary risk is that there will be a delay in manufacturing the kits. This is why I have partnered with Modernist Pantry (www.modernistpantry.com), an experienced food manufacturer with whom I have been working and sourcing my ingredients for some time now. Based on past experience, I'm very confident in their ability to execute the production plan within the agreed upon timeframe and to my exacting quality standards.

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    OUR EVERLASTING LOVE & GRATITUDE!
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    THE BOOK. A special PDF edition of the "Non-Dairy Evolution Cookbook", which is loaded with 127 of Chef Skye's latest recipes for plant-based versions of dairy foods.

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    THE TEE. One high quality 100% cotton American Apparel tee with limited edition Druids Grove design. You choose Men's or Women's style sizes XS through 3XL.
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    EARLY BIRD. One Vegan Cheese Kit at the early bird price, complete with essential ingredients for making a wheel or block of non-dairy cheese. You choose the type: Brie, Cheddar or Mozzarella. Printed 24-page instruction and recipe guide. (Be the first 150 to back us at this special price!)
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    THE KIT. One Vegan Cheese Kit complete with essential ingredients for making a wheel or block of non-dairy cheese. You choose the type: Brie, Cheddar or Mozzarella. Printed 24-page instruction and recipe guide.
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    THE KIT + BOOK. One Vegan Cheese Kit complete with essential ingredients for making a wheel or block of non-dairy cheese. You choose the type: Brie, Cheddar or Mozzarella. Printed 24-page instruction and recipe guide.
    And a special PDF edition of the "Non-Dairy Evolution Cookbook", which is loaded with 127 of Chef Skye's latest recipes for plant-based versions of dairy foods.
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    PREMIUM EARLY BIRD. One Premium Vegan Cheese Kit at the early bird price, complete with essential ingredients for making 3 wheels or blocks of non-dairy cheese; one of each type: Brie, Cheddar and Mozzarella. Printed 24-page instruction and recipe guide. (Be the first 100 to back us at this special price!)
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    PREMIUM KIT. One Premium Vegan Cheese Kit complete with essential ingredients for making 3 wheels or blocks of non-dairy cheese; one of each type: Brie, Cheddar and Mozzarella. Printed 24-page instruction and recipe guide.
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    THE WHOLE ENCHILADA. PREMIUM KIT + BOOK + TEE. One Premium Vegan Cheese Kit at the early bird price, complete with essential ingredients for making 3 wheels or blocks of non-dairy cheese; one of each type: Brie, Cheddar and Mozzarella. Printed 24-page instruction and recipe guide. And a special PDF edition of the "Non-Dairy Evolution Cookbook", which is loaded with 127 of Chef Skye's latest recipes for plant-based versions of dairy foods. And one limited edition Druids Grove tee.
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