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We’re Herbie’s Homemade

A family run food business based in Manchester, we produce fermented pantry staples and all natural, great tasting alternatives to dairy.

You can buy our products in our online shop or through one of our stockists.

Read more about what we do, and why, below.

Fermentation is at the heart
of everything we do

Fermentation makes food taste incredible. It makes it easier to digest and for your body to extract the nutrients it needs.

And it’s great for your overall health and wellbeing.

When our founder (Herbie’s mum, Nicola) decided to give up dairy, the one ingredient she struggled without was butter. She couldn’t find anything to come close to the taste of real butter in risotto or melted on hot crumpets. Fed up with processed, unhealthy margarines with a plastic after-taste, she set about making her own dairy free alternative.

Pretty soon she realised that many of the everyday foods we eat are fermented and that’s what gives them their unique flavours.

Whether it’s butter or coffee; sriracha, ketchup or chocolate; wine or even meats like salami (and many more besides), fermentation flavours so many everyday foods.

Unpasteurised fermented foods including some cheeses and yoghurt, sauerkraut and kimchi have well researched health benefits as well.

Consuming fermented food regularly can help with digestion, as well as feeding and replenishing the trillions of beneficial microbes that help regulate our immune system and mental health.

Having learnt more about this, Nicola began to look for ways to ferment not only a butter alternative, but vegan friendly cheese as well. And if the phrase vegan cheese sends tiny spears of dread through your taste buds, we understand completely.

As with margarine, Nicola found that the most widely available alternatives to dairy cheese weren’t really appealing, with rubbery texture and artificial cheese flavouring.

She tried some handmade artisan cheeses (which were much, much better), but they all seemed to be made from nuts.

Nuts are delicious but many people have nut allergies and so Nicola wanted to create an alternative.

The result, after years of trial (and error – we learn best from our mistakes) and consulting with real dairy cheese makers, was the original wheatcheese.

Your questions

Are your products vegan?

All our products are 100% plant-based, vegan friendly and cruelty free.

Are your products nut free?

Our wheatcheeses and chorizo pastes are all nut free (although we cannot guarantee that the environment in which they are made is nut free).

Are your products gluten free?

Our chorizo paste is made without gluten products but again we cannot guarantee that the environment in which they are made is gluten free.

Our wheatcheeses are made from fermented wheat and so do contain gluten.

What type of packaging do you use?

We use compostable/recyclable vacuum bags and compostable mailing bags. We use other recyclable materials from time to time in our packaging, such as wooden cheese boxes. We do not use bubblewrap/non-recyclable plastic unless it is being re-used from parcels received by us.

Great tasting food for everyone

At Herbie's we make simple food using wholefood ingredients, minimal processing and sustainable packaging.

So, whether you're plant-based, vegan, seagan or flexi, or all eating together, we're set on making great tasting food for you to enjoy.

All of our products are made with plants. We don't use any animal products whatsoever.

We use fermentation to develop natural flavours and produce foods that not only taste amazing but, eaten regularly, can also improve your gut health and enhance your wellbeing.

Great tasting, vegan friendly food.

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Next batches will be ready
8th March 2022