Originally Posted by Pirate Huntress
I've tried a lot of faux cheeses, but didn't like any of them (especially Follow Your Heart. Great mayo, though) - even cashew cheese. How does that compare to nut cheese?
I've had mixed experiences with various nut cheeses. When I first became a vegetarian, I liked the almond cheese put out by Lisanatti. It wasn't great, but it was OK. (And it's not vegan, as I learned.) Daiya triumphs over that almond cheese (and anything else I tried from Lisanatti Foods.)
There are some good home made ones...I never made one myself that I cared for and gave up hope. My experiments in making my own cashew cheese were expensive failures right down the garbage disposal. But I know there are good home made ones to be found...Eden Alley Cafe here in Kansas City makes their own and it's fabulous. Then again, it seems to serve a different purpose than the Daiya.
There was also Playfood, a cashew cheese spread that was on the market for a short time that was just utterly FABULOUS and really the best nut based vegan cheese I ever had. That said, it was a spread, not something to shred or put on pizzas, so you couldn't use it in a lot of stuff. And it was kind of expensive but worth it. That was the only other vegan cheese that I tried that may have given Daiya a run for their money if they had stuck around.
That said, I really do hope Follow Your Heart or Galaxy reformulates their vegan cheeses. Galaxy is just plain nasty...I wouldn't feed that to wild dogs. And Follow Your Heart lacks in taste quite a bit and just is hard to melt most of the time unless you like risking burning your food to the point you don't want to eat it. If either of them could figure out a way to make something that tastes as good as Playfood did but could be shredded they would have a winner on their hands.
So if anybody from FYH or Galaxy is reading these boards, get cracking!