As many people know, from my very first product review ever I have always been a die hard Earth Balance fan. Years ago, it was really the only vegan butter substitute that wasn’t overly margarine like or disgusting. Over the past year or so, I have heard really great things about the Miyoko’s butter but I hadn’t been able to find it locally until recently! About one month ago, Natural Grocers began carrying it and I was more or less running around the store unable to contain my excitement!
For starters, I’m not going to go into detail on the packaging. Earlier this week, Miyoko’s announced that they are changing their packaging for the butter, so anything I write currently will be outdated within a few weeks. I do know that they are changing the plastic around the butter to a vegan wax paper and it will be coming in a box instead of a cardboard sleeve. The general colors stay the same and everything is in bold, so it should be just as easy to find! I am really looking forward to these changes. I have had issues with the sleeve being annoying. The vacuum sealed plastic isn’t ideal either. I have been storing my butter in a zip top bag to try to keep it as fresh as possible. I am hoping that the wax paper will be easily folded around the product so it stays fresh without wasting the extra plastic.
The ingredients of the butter itself are simple, and I definitely prefer them to other vegan butter substitutes. I like that it doesn’t contain palm oil and there aren’t any weird gums. The worst ingredient is non-GMO soy lecithin. I was also really intrigued by the fact that it is cultured. I have never had cultured butter, and it doesn’t specifically say what the cultures are, so I was a little skeptical.
When it came to the taste test, I did the most natural thing, spread it on toast! The butter is really hard out of the fridge, so I suggest letting it sit for at least 10 minutes at room temperature before spreading. Otherwise it is very difficult to spread. I have ruined multiple pieces of toast trying to spread too quickly due to my excitement. Once I was able to get over the cold, crumbly hurdle, it was time to try the butter. I took a bite of the toast and my whole life changed. It was incredibly creamy and rich from the combination of oils and cashews, it had a mellow cultured flavor, and it was absolutely amazing. I felt like my whole vegan butter experience up until trying this had been a lie. I honestly don’t remember what dairy butter tastes like, but I think this is better. I have not so secretly eaten the crumbly pieces out of the wrapper when it’s too cold. It is seriously that good!
I think my review spoke for itself, but I would highly recommend this as a butter alternative. It is a little pricier than Earth Balance, but it is worth every penny!I must admit, I don’t use it for my baking because I feel guilty using it in large quantities, but I’m sure it makes amazing desserts! This product changed my vegan life, and I hope others find that as well!