I guess I'll try Daiya again. The last time I tried it was with pizza. While YES, it DOES melt the best, I didn't think the taste was all that much better than others I've tried. Not for the cost & the trouble I have to go through to get some.
We like Follow Your Heart. I always tell people you can't use a ton of it like you would regular mozarella. And its not good in certain recipes, but the cheddar does well in cheese sauces, etc., and the mozarella is fine (sparingly) on pizza, which I broil for 2 minutes for a better melt, and also sprinkle with Italian seasoning for flavor..
Well, my local WF does not carry Daiya cheese (yet). In fact, when I asked the cheese guy for "Daiya Cheese" he pointed out the diet cheese. When I corrected him that it was a vegan cheese I was looking for, he very brusquely directed me to the dairy case where they have all the vegan cheese. "We don't carry vegan cheese over here!" Like I insulted him or something. It's too bad really...I guess they don't want my business that much...
I just had Daiya cheese for the first time last week (from a truck vendor in LA no less!) ... it was delicious! My non-vegan friends all agreed that the vegan dish I ordered tasted better than their non-vegan dishes! I'm sure the Daiya helped sell it ... it really tastes just like cheese. Love it!
Ewww! I also bought the cheddar Follow Your Heart because Alicia recommends it in the book and it's nasty. I'm not even sure if it's a texture thing or the taste. It was so funny because my 7 year old daughter saw it in the fridge tonight and wanted to try it. I hadn't yet opened it so I tried a small piece and gave her a slice and she actually spit it out! lol I'm hoping it is better shredded??? I hope!
HOORAY I just found Daiya mozzarella cheese at my Whole Foods yesterday and I bought two packages. I made pizza with some last night and it was yummy! I can't wait for them to carry more flavors. I want to try the cheddar with the guacamole dip from the book!
@Amy -- haha I think the guy was just passionate about real cheese.
Yes Daiya is amazing! You can't overcook it though b/c it gets gummy. FYH is good only when cooked, and the only flavor I think is good is the mozerella. But daiya cheddar and mozarella are both so good! I got to have nachos the other day...NACHOS!!!
I tried Daiya today and it *was* tasty, but it looks like it doesn't have any nutritional value, i.e. it's not actually a protein source (1g protein), so I don't know that I'll buy it again after I finish it.
Agree the FYH wasn't ideal -- it was sort of chalky and gave me a bit of a headache.
Ok...Finally my local Whole Foods got in Daiya cheese. Pure vegan and so many of you rave about it! I bought the mozerella...and it smelled and tasted like the "artificial butter flavor" on microwave popcorn. Does it to any of you? I guess I'm going to have to go cheese-less.