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Cheese

Let’s talk about cheese.

Let’s do it.

Here’s my story: I like cheese. And I think it’s safe to say that 90% of the USA, and maybe even the world, like cheese.

But I’ve been disappointed- Disappointed in the vegan cheese world. And I think it’s safe to say that 90% of the USA, and maybe even the world, are also disappointed in vegan cheese.

My number one complaint?

It’s gross. I tried to make vegan fondue at Christmas with Daiya cheddar shreds and Daiya havarti. It was almost the worst thing I’ve ever made. (To see the worst thing I’ve ever made, check out this post right here…)

My number two complaint?

It doesn’t melt. See above fondue disaster…

And so be perfectly honest, of all the problems I deal with on a daily basis, cheese isn’t at the top of the priority list, so rather than whine, here’s my solution:

I don’t eat cheese.

There are worse things in life.

But I was talking to my friend Bev, sharing my cheese woes, and being the doll that she is, the next day she brought me a gift.

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I have previously shared my Trader Joes love. And now, now, they offer a solution to my cheese dilemma.

Trader Joes has not asked me to write a review. They have not compensated me in any way. And other than being known as the crazy lady who brings her young children into the store and lets them both have their own miniature shopping carts, they don’t even know who I am. Nevertheless, a quick review of TJ’s mozzarella shreds.

A quick pinch out of the bag gave me a mouthful of dry, almost gritty, fake cheese. I was dubious. However, the true test of time?

Pizza.

I have relegated my past pizzas to piles of veggies and sauce, in an attempt to make up for the cheese (or lack thereof…). Today could go a myriad of ways- I hoped for the best and piled it on.

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I have weird kids. They don’t like pizza. Nor do they like French fries. I don’t know.

I cracked the code with the pizza- they need smiley faces, apparently. Also, J Man doesn’t like marinara sauce, so he got pesto. I used this crust recipe. They gobbled these up! Is it weird that they both went for the eyes first?

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Interesting that the kidlets have more toppings on their pizza than Matty B….hmmm…

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Mine had BBQ sauce, veggie meatballs, onions, peppers, mushrooms and zucchini.

And the cheese?

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As you can see, it totally melted. And the flavor was good- it tasted like…well, like cheese!

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I will say, it had a little bit of a slimy mouth-feel. Nothing gag worthy, but not identical to real cheese either.

So I’d probably give this product an 8/10. Definitely better than other “cheese” products I’ve tried.

P.S. Trader Joes? If you ever want me to review some of your sea salt caramel dark chocolate, I’m in…

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2 responses »

  1. I had no idea TJs sold Vegan Cheese!?!? Wow! Groovy.

    I have been using the Daiya Cheddar Wedge when I make grilled *cheese* sandwiches and it’s not bad — it melts and it’s not slimy like the Daiya shreds. I will say, when I make a grilled *cheese* I make it in the oven, covering both slices with the sliced Daiya Cheddar and then slamming the two pieces together before slicing in half. 🙂

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  2. I agree that the vegan cheese world is very disappointing!
    I don’t eat ‘cheese’ either.
    Wish we had a trader joe’s in Australia – sounds like I could sure use a lot of their stuff!!!!

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