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#1 Old 09-24-2009, 01:15 PM
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I've been eyeing this stuff online.



Has anyone ever bought it?

2 questions if you have:



-Is it actually any good?

-Is it freezable?



The second question I'm really curious about, as the description states that it should be used within a week. I'm figuring it might give me a little more time to play with it if I could.
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I was doing my own thing quietly and YOU are the one who created this post trying to make a big deal out of it. Keep flaming the fire. That must be what you want.

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#3 Old 09-24-2009, 03:24 PM
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I tried it yesterday and posted a review in the food porn section. Here's what I wrote :



I got to try this today at a cafe on a grilled cheese sandwich. Awesome that it melts....but not so awesome is the texture of this stuff (imo). When it's hot and all melty it reminds me of a cross between peanut butter and glue. Really thick sticky gluey peanut butter. It would stick to my fingers and the roof of my mouth. I'm sure it would be really good once it got cold and harden up a bit and solidified.



It does melt alot better than teese and I thought it did taste like cheese. But then again I like teese, vegan gourmet, and tofutti vegan cheese and think they all taste somewhat real.
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#4 Old 09-24-2009, 08:28 PM
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I have tried it and love it! Daiya was served at this year's HSUS Taking Action for Animals Conference. And then I started seeing it in my local WholeFoods. It's sold already shredded in the dairy section in deli style containers. Does not come pre-packaged that I've seen.
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I was doing my own thing quietly and YOU are the one who created this post trying to make a big deal out of it. Keep flaming the fire. That must be what you want.

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#6 Old 09-26-2009, 08:00 AM
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I had the cheddar style a while back, and thought it was ok. I wasn't crazy about it hot, the texture and taste were just off (though it's better than most vegan cheeses out there). I thought it was much better cold, on leftover pizza the next day (and straight out of the package as well).



I don't know if it's freezable.
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Daiya can be frozen - it freezes really well, actually. I just keep out what I can use in about a week and then I break off chunks from the big bags I get. Freezing doesn't affect it's melting / stretching. There are instructions on the Daiya website near the bottom of one of the pages. [link removed by moderator] It's really great stuff; I've been making tons of quesedillas and it's insane for vegan lasagna. I've had so much on pizza I can't look at another pizza! Grilled cheeses are crazy too!
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#8 Old 09-27-2009, 09:30 AM
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WANT...





Seriously, I want to try this stuff!
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#9 Old 10-18-2009, 02:11 PM
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so, wait a minute.



There's actually a vegan cheese that tastes good? I'm seeing vegan blogs all over the place singing the praises of this new vegan miracle! People are putting it on vegan pizzas left and right!!



I want some. now.

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#10 Old 10-18-2009, 02:18 PM
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A real vegan cheese that melts?! Well, well!



Does anybody know if this product is available in Canada? (I suppose it will be soon.)



There must be an expiry date on the package. Great if it freezes if it really must be used within 7 days.
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#11 Old 10-18-2009, 02:29 PM
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I want some!! I know you can order it online if there isn't a retailer near you.
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#12 Old 10-18-2009, 02:39 PM
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Cool!
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#13 Old 10-18-2009, 08:28 PM
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I just found out that Daiya cheese will soon be available from Viva Granola (vegan mail order business in Canada).



www.vivagranola.com
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#14 Old 10-19-2009, 06:53 PM
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I'm late to this thread but YES - and YES.



Yes, I've tried it. Yes it's very good (still not cheese really, but closer than any vegan cheeses I've tried so far, most of which I hate...)



Yes, you can freeze it. I have a tub of it loosely shredded and I get the tub of it out of the freezer, scoop out what I need, put the rest back in the freezer. It's just fine and it's been frozen two months now (not sure it'll last much longer - 'cause I think we're gonna EAT it all...)
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I'm not so sure about the stretchy part...it didn't seem to be stretchy in the eggplant parm. I have yet to make pizza which I will do soon. And the mozzerella flavored one has a really strong flavor to it...a bit too strong IMO...but I'm not giving up on it. Going to keep trying it on other things.
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#16 Old 11-09-2009, 04:47 AM
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I just found out Daiya makes blocks of cheese in addition to the shreads. Also, on their website I noticed that Daiya is being used in a couple products. One of them is Gardein's Marinara Chicken. The other is some vegan burritos (called Buzzitos) I have never heard of before but I'm going to look into it.



This year has been good for veg*ns. Two awesome new products have shown up on the market: Gardein and Daiya (now they're collaborating).
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so, wait a minute.



There's actually a vegan cheese that tastes good? I'm seeing vegan blogs all over the place singing the praises of this new vegan miracle! People are putting it on vegan pizzas left and right!!



I want some. now.



Next thing you know, we're going to find out it's made out of people. (I have not tried it yet. Really want to, though.)
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im hanging out to try the italian.
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#19 Old 11-10-2009, 02:36 AM
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VeganEssentials is having a sale on the 5lb. bag...



"Hello everyone!



We have about 20 bags of the 5 lb. Italian Shreds left that expire in the beginning of December. The expiration date applies ONLY if it is kept refrigerated- you can freeze the shreds for several months with no effect on the taste or quality. Our new shipment is coming in this week, so we want to clear the last few bags out at a low cost, just $29.95! That's 25% off the regular price! While supplies last.



Thank you so much for your support, and have a wonderful night!



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I ate it on my homemade "peperoni" pizza last night. It was awesome! It melted much like Follow Your Heart cheese, but tasted a bit more realistic. Two other side benefits: it was pre-shreaded and it did not stick to my hands like FYH cheese does. It was very much like real, shredded cheese. Also, it was very comparable in price to FYH. I'm comparing it to FYH because it was previously my favorite cheese. Daiya is my new favorite. I hope the name brand goes national. I had the Italian style, by the way (like mozzarella).



Yowsers....I must have got a bad batch....I bought some at Whole Foods and tried a small pizza and to say it was horrific wouldnt do it justice....It didnt melt for me and was like eating glue strips....wait no tape strips thats it......for me it was a mess.....I am not suprised though....LOL
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#21 Old 11-18-2009, 05:43 AM
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I love this cheese. My somewhat new to vegetarian-eating fiance loves this cheese. She hates all the other vegan cheeses.



I can honestly say that in our experience, everything commonly said about the cheese on blogs really is true, and it's worth freaking out over. I drive 30 miles for it (and a couple other specialty ingredients).
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I've tried daiya on pizza, and melted on a sub sandwich and I loved it.



I had to get used to the texture at first, but once I did, I really enjoyed it.



I prefer it over teese.
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I just tried it for the first time last week and was impressed. I used it on pizza but it has more of a creamy consistency so I think it would be better for things that call for that like mac and cheese.



On a side note, I read that come Spring it'll be commercially available in retail stores so ya won't have to mail order for it anymore which is really costly.

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#24 Old 12-11-2009, 08:02 AM
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I had it the other night on top of enchiladas. It melted better than it did on pizza and it was stretchy. Maybe the temp was too high with the pizza.



This stuff tastes better each time I taste it.
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This stuff tastes better each time I taste it.



I feel the same way. It's really grown on me. I'm still not crazy about it on pizza (I think I just prefer pizza without cheese now), but it's really good as grilled cheese or jammed between a toasted english muffin, or on burritos, tacos, etc.
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I stopped by my local Whole Foods last night on the way home from work and discovered that they carry two versions of it, shredded cheddar and shredded "Italian," whatever that is. I will give it a try and see how it is.
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I just LOVE my Daiya cheese! We tried it for the first time last month and it is by far the best vegan cheese out there! Some people said they don't like the texture but I don't mind it at all and the flavor is the closest I have tasted.



I totally recommended it! My vegetarian hubby keeps eating my damn daiya cheese!! LMAO!



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I LOVE Daiya cheese! I went vegan in September and since then have not even bothered trying any vegan cheeses, mostly because I haven't missed it. I kept hearing about Daiya so I finally decided to order some through vivagranola.com. I have used both the cheddar and Italian varieties and they both rock my socks off.



So far I've made alfredo sauce, mac and cheese, grilled cheese and enchiladas. Every single time the flavour was fantastic and the texture seemed like real cheese Storing it in the freezer is fine too. My omni boyfriend loved every dish and although he said it doesn't taste *exactly* like real cheese it is pretty darn close and just as tasty.



When I run out I am going to buy the big bags from Karmavore vegan shop. I definitely recommend!
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In Kansas City Daiya has been not easy to find. Whole Foods acts like I am asking for cheese from Mars when I request it. And when I call places asking if they have it the inevitable response I get is, "Diet cheese?" (In retrospect, I think Daiya could have chosen a MUCH better name for their product!)



But I took initiative. I contacted a couple local pizza places that serve Follow Your Heart cheese and requested Daiya. The owner of one of them ordered it for me (SHOUT OUT TO WALDO PIZZA OFF WORNALL IN KANSAS CITY, KC VEGGIES!!!) and I went by there today to order a pizza for dinner.



First off, Follow Your Heart is OK but lousy on pizza. What pizza crust can withstand being baked at 500º without being badly burnt while you are waiting for that stuff to melt? None of them, that's what. I gave up on trying to make the ideal vegan home made pizza. I tried other vegan cheeses...I can't think of any brands but one brand I bought from one store was the nastiest tasting anything I have ever eaten. Just horrifically horrible. It was like Satan shat a yellow brick and called it "vegan cheese" it was that bad and when it melted a strange brown liquid separated from the product, resulting in a nasty appearance that matched the nasty taste. Other vegan cheeses I tried had a waxy feel and a chemical taste to it.



Daiya tastes a THOUSAND times better than Follow Your Heart and TEN THOUSAND times better than Satan's yellow brick poop that's called vegan cheese. And it MELTS. This stuff MELTS without burning the pizza!



This stuff lived up to the hype, I am glad to report. The taste will NOT fool any cheese eater. No, it does not taste like mozzarella or cheddar. However, it has what I consider a unique taste all of its own that I cannot really compare to anything else and attempt to do it justice. It's a flavor somewhere between strong and mild to me...not weak like Follow Your Heart but not overpowering either. And the melted Daiya on the pizza created this creamy texture that was just mouth watering and dangerously addictive.



I gave my feed back to the waitress. The owner was off for the day but she said she'd pass my comments on to him. I over heard her talking to another employee and I heard him say that Daiya cheese is cheaper for them to buy and melts better. So veggies wanting this in your area...if you have a pizza place that serves vegan cheese, ask them to get this in! It is SO much better.



There should be NO reason vegans should EVER have to buy a cheeseless pizza again. This is a dawning of a new day!

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First off, Follow Your Heart is OK but lousy on pizza. What pizza crust can withstand being baked at 500º without being badly burnt while you are waiting for that stuff to melt? None of them, that's what. I gave up on trying to make the ideal vegan home made pizza.



Just in case you have a craving for non-burned homemade pizza in the near future... I always, always, always melt FYH cheese in a saucepan and pour/drizzle it onto my pizza. I've done it before it goes in the oven and after. (It'll stay melty even if you do it before, because it'll just go from saucepan to pretty-darn-hot oven for a while.)



I'm really hoping to be able to try Daiya one of these days...
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