Daiya goodness

April 3, 2010 | 11 Comments »

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After hearing all about Daiya Cheese being sold in all Whole Foods stores I bugged Juan to take me after he got off work yesterday. Of course that meant an hour long trip which isn’t so bad, but a part of me wondered if it was all an April Fool’s joke. If it was that would have been a good one. Anyway, the first thing I did when I arrived at the store was go straight for the vegan cheese. There it was. In that beautiful white and green bag. I stood there staring at it for a moment. I’m not kidding. I really did. Then I realized there were only a few packages of the mozzarella flavored cheese left so I quickly grabbed a few. It wasn’t an April Fool’s joke. It was real. Oh so real.

Since it was such a nice day I thought it would be cool to go outside and grill my pizza. So I rolled out some whole wheat dough, brushed it with a little olive oil and grilled it on both sides. After I flipped it over I topped it off with a delicious pizza sauce, baby spinach and LOTS of Daiya Cheese. After the cheese melted I took it off the grill and sprinkled some oregano and crushed red pepper on top. I sliced it up and ate it… ALL.

The first thing I noticed about this stuff was that it didn’t smell funky. One thing that has turned me off vegan cheese is the smell. I know that real cheese smells bad too, but I was never a fan of real cheese either. Well, except for mozzarella which doesn’t really smell like anything. But most of the vegan mozzarella cheeses I have tried smelled very bad. Not Daiya. It smelled perfectly fine. The texture was also very similar to the real thing. It wasn’t wet, soggy or waxy. It was exactly like cheese, man! The taste? Oh my God! I was in heaven. It was so melty and gooey and just flat out delicious. My only issue is that it took THIS long to be able to enjoy this stuff. I was totally missing out all this time.

Juan tried a bite and said it was great, but claims he can tell it wasn’t real cheese. He said and I quote “I can taste the soy. Not much of it. Just a little.” Really? Funny. Because it’s SOY FREE! Yeah, that’s right. You heard me. Soy free. One day this man will open his mind and join me on this journey. Until then this cheese is mine. ALL MINE!


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I’ll have to keep my eye out for that cheese. My friends and I do a cheese and cracker night every so offen and we are willing to try different cheeses. BUT blue cheese eww..


@Kimm: I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. They also have cheddar. I should have gotten some of that as well. Hm…

Blue cheese is just gross. My BIL eats that stuff and I have to leave the room when he does. The smell alone… yuck!


I gotta agree, blue cheese is gross. lol. However I haven’t tried Daiya cheese. Hope I can find one in the grocery. Happy Easter :-)


@kathy: Good luck in finding it. I hope you like it!

Happy Easter to you as well. :)


Thank you so much for this post. I have been having trouble finding a yummy vegan cheese – especially one made w/o soy. I hope that my organic grocer carries this.


Reply to this comment Kelsey     April 06, 2010

I think I might be the only vegan on earth who HATES this cheese. I’ll admit it does have the same taste and texture of real provel cheese…but I detest the taste and texture of real provel cheese. Give me Follow Your Heart any day!


@marin: I’m glad you found this post helpful. I believe you can purchase Daiya online. In case you can’t find it in any stores. Check out their website. They have a list of places you can purchase from. :)

@Kelsey: Really? Wow. I also like FYH, but I definitely prefer Daiya over any other vegan cheese. FYH is a fairly close 2nd.


Reply to this comment Ivy     April 07, 2010

It sort of is an april fool’s joke for some of us. I guess all the Whole Foods stores will eventually get the cheese in, but not presto changeo it’s April 1st and it’s here. I guess some of us have to wait a while. :(


Reply to this comment TomOfMaine     April 07, 2010

Daiya is excellent, we’ve tried the Italian mix on pizza, and the cheddar on mac&cheese, both delicious ! That’s a riot about what Juan said, “the soy”, hahaaa. You guys are lucky to have Daiya in your nearest Whole Foods, here in Maine our Whole Foods is trying to get it but they’re being told that the demand is so high that Daiya can’t keep up and it may be a while !
Can’t wait till we don’t have to spend a fortune ordering it online anymore :-)


@Ivy: Awww I’m sorry! I hope it becomes available in your local store soon!

@TomOfMaine: I can’t wait to try making my own Mac&Cheese. I bet it’s awesome!

The shipping can be a bit much which is why I chose to wait until it became available in stores.

Truthfully I’m surprised it became available to us this soon. The Midwest isn’t so vegan friendly. At least not in my experience. I guess they had to give us something lol.


Reply to this comment Sandra     April 12, 2010

Our Whole Foods took a couple more days to get it in, but it came in eventually. I love the cheddar flavor. I haven’t tried the Mozzarella yet.

I can enjoy baked potato with broccoli and cheese again! I love this stuff. Being born and living in Dairyland I was raised on fatty cheeses, real butter and whole milk. So, as you can guess, cheese was the hardest part about going vegan. I have a very discriminating palate when it comes to dairy-like products. With Daiya I am in heaven.


 

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