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#61 Old 04-11-2010, 12:45 PM
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It would be awesome to see Daiya in mainstream stores, but I'm not going to hold my breath. I'd imagine that takes a lot to be able to produce enough to supply so many stores.



I finally tried the mozzerella since I picked up a bag of the shreds from Sidecar for Pigs Peace this last week and I like it. I even tried a bit of it unmelted and I liked it. I suspect that I might be starting to get an intolerance to processed soy products because things like tofu and tempeh don't bother me, but anything processed upsets my stomach lately and gives me heartburn or makes my stomach bloat. So I'm glad that Daiya is soy-free otherwise I wouldn't have gotten any mozz to try.

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#62 Old 04-11-2010, 08:59 PM
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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?

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My local Whole Foods just started carrying Daiya and it's AMAZING. Way better than Teese. I can literally eat this stuff right out of the bag.

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#64 Old 04-11-2010, 10:04 PM
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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!

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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.



Kansas City you say? I'm fairly close to KC but have no real reason to make a trip up there...but if I do, I'm totally checking out Eden Alley Cafe. I've NEVER been to a veggie restaurant and I'm dying to.
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I would LOVE it if more major retailers sold this...I want to see this in general grocery stores and stores like Target and even Wal-Mart. A lot of those stores carry some kind of soy or "veggie" cheese that's not vegan at all. All that crap needs to be discontinued and Daiya take it's rightful spot in those stores. And people who bought that foul tasting stuff before (especially the "veggie" shreds...FOUL!) who don't even care if it's vegan or not will LOVE Daiya...I am convinced!



I agree. The veggie name brand is not very good at all. If Daiya had such a prestigious spot in grocery store, it would totally outsell the Veggie name brand.



It might happen some day - when grocery stores do a little analysis and see how Daiya is spreading like wildfire.
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I've been using this stuff for a week now and I think I can honestly say I like it even better than dairy cheese.



It just occurred to me today when I was eating some left over pizza I made with it. A while back I compromised and bought real cheese to put on a pizza because I was so disappointed in the pizzas I made with Follow Your Heart (didn't melt or if it melted the crust burned) and I decided to try a pizza with real cheese. And I realized that I honestly didn't care for the taste of cheese anymore. It was really a disappointing pizza.



Daiya, however, is FABULOUS. Like when I realized I never cared for the taste of cow's milk I wonder why it took me becoming vegetarian to try any alternatives I now wonder if I didn't care that much for cheese why did I put up with it for so long? I guess because being raised on it it seemed to be the thing to do and eat.



Now if Daiya could only make a great tasting "Parmesan" cheese to sprinkle on to the pizza and put their cheese in slices and blocks (I REALLY want blocks so I can make cheese sticks...I gotta say I did love cheese sticks back in the day!) and maybe even a vegan cottage cheese they would make serious money off their products.

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I just bought some at whole foods today-- I'm trying to think what to make. I recently had cheeseless pizza for the first time so I'm not craving pizza any more...
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Interesting, I actually prefer Teese to Daiya EVER-so-slightly... and the new, not-yet-released "update" to Teese promises to be even better yet.
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Interesting, I actually prefer Teese to Daiya EVER-so-slightly... and the new, not-yet-released "update" to Teese promises to be even better yet.



I liked Teese when I tried it also. I just read about the new "revamp" of it and Veganess just posted a blog about it and a pic in the food porn section! Looks and sounds really good.
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Now if Daiya could only make a great tasting "Parmesan" cheese to sprinkle on to the pizza and put their cheese in slices and blocks (I REALLY want blocks so I can make cheese sticks...I gotta say I did love cheese sticks back in the day!) and maybe even a vegan cottage cheese they would make serious money off their products.



And jalapeno poppers! If a smart company would step up and make some cheese sticks & poppers for us with Daiya, they would have some very grateful people...
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And jalapeno poppers! If a smart company would step up and make some cheese sticks & poppers for us with Daiya, they would have some very grateful people...



I am wondering if I could melt Daiya in the microwave in a safe rectangle container then refrigerate it to make it a block and then take the block and slice it to make the cheese for the cheese sticks (and I found a recipe that you can use for other block style vegan cheeses.)

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And jalapeno poppers! If a smart company would step up and make some cheese sticks & poppers for us with Daiya, they would have some very grateful people...



Until they do...these are really good. http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=12390.0
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I am wondering if I could melt Daiya in the microwave in a safe rectangle container then refrigerate it to make it a block and then take the block and slice it to make the cheese for the cheese sticks (and I found a recipe that you can use for other block style vegan cheeses.)



People have said (and I have noticed) that once it is melted, it does not harden up again. It stays very soft on cold next-day pizza.



Edit: I just remembered reading that someone on the board found Daiya in 5lb blocks. A web search reveled this:



http://store.veganessentials.com/dai...cks-p2826.aspx



So, it does exist. Just hasn't hit the stores. I think when they reduce it down to 1lb blocks, it would be a little more feasible.



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Until they do...these are really good. http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=12390.0



I made homemade poppers once and they were awesome. But dealing with the greasy mess afterwards is no fun at all. The hot oil splattered over the oven and on the floor. Not to mention I had nothing to do with the leftover oil. I would just rather buy a package of them and heat them in the oven. But thanks for the link. Those do look good...
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OMG! so my local whole foods (Boston) FINALLY started carrying Daiya, so I just had it for the first time and I looooovvveeeddd it. I'm so happy. The transition has been difficult for me because I couldn't find a cheese substitute that I actually liked...and now I have Daiya
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sleepydvdr, thanks for the link to the Daiya block - I had no idea we could buy it like this. I agree though, 1 pound blocks would be much better.



For the most part I use shredded cheese, but the blocks would be nice to slice on a sandwich or whatnot.
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So, it does exist. Just hasn't hit the stores. I think when they reduce it down to 1lb blocks, it would be a little more feasible.



On their Facebook page Daiya has been commenting they are working on new products. The top three requested products (at least that I have seen...maybe not official stats...) are cheese slices, pepper jack flavor, and blocks. It seems the blocks would be the easiest thing for them to put out first.



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sleepydvdr, thanks for the link to the Daiya block - I had no idea we could buy it like this. I agree though, 1 pound blocks would be much better.



For the most part I use shredded cheese, but the blocks would be nice to slice on a sandwich or whatnot.



The five pound block seems like a lot, but thinking back to days gone by I recall my mom buying sliced cheese in big blocks like that and it lasted for a good long time. The only thing I see the block available as it is now seems to be for commercial use, and it doesn't really have consumer friendly packaging (resealable bag, for example.)

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The top three requested products (at least that I have seen...maybe not official stats...) are cheese slices, pepper jack flavor, and blocks.



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The flavor of the mozzarella shreds kind of reminds me of bleu cheese. And I have always loved bleu cheese on salads, so I'm SUPER HAPPY!! Too bad a little bag costs $4.35, but I will pay what I have to in order to keep this stuff available.
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I made homemade poppers once and they were awesome. But dealing with the greasy mess afterwards is no fun at all. The hot oil splattered over the oven and on the floor. Not to mention I had nothing to do with the leftover oil. I would just rather buy a package of them and heat them in the oven. But thanks for the link. Those do look good...



I used the baking method mentioned in the reviews and they came out fantastic. I didn't have any wasted oil, just sprayed a bit on each one, before popping them into the oven. Deep-fried taste, without the deep-frying.
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My store just got daiya shreds!!!!!!! I'm in vegan heaven. The flavor is strong enough to actually taste like cheese. And it melted in the microwave. This is going to break my wallet (and belt).

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For all the daiya lovers here, on Tuesday Daiya posted on their facebook page that a pizza chain will now start offering Daiya on their pizzas soon. Just thought I'd let ya know
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As a cheese-loving vegetarian, I got to say this: I approve! It is defiantly the best faux cheese I ever tried. It has a strong taste - like cheese! But I noticed a kind of a buttery taste. Any one else got that?

I only tried it out of the package, but I'm looking forward to trying recipes with it.

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