Have you heard about Daiya cheese yet? It is not yet for sale at almost any retailers because they are only selling food service sized bags. However, Pangea is taking those bags and breaking them up into smaller bags and selling them to us!! It winds up being expensive with the 2 day shipping and cold pack, so order a bunch of stuff and at least try to make those shipping costs worth it.
I got 2 packages of the cheddar. They were out of the Italian variety. I've been trying to remember what I used to use all that cheddar cheese for before I went vegan and I seriously can't remember. I only remember using it for Mexican food, although I know that can't be right. So, I made mexican food. I made some really simple casseroles just to test the cheese. The casseroles themselves weren't anything you'd want me to share the recipes for.
Meltability: Daiya melts like you wouldn't believe. It melts on top of the casserole in about 5 minutes (so add it at the end) and melts in the middle with no problem at all.
Taste: While it still has a slightly funny vegan cheese flavor, it is much better than most. That flavor seemed to go away when I reheated leftovers.
Texture: awesome. Slight stringiness and a lot of creaminess. When we tasted the taco casserole and the enchiladas we were both shocked to find that what we'd been missing was an element of creaminess. This cheese fixed that.
Overall: B++. If they could get rid of that slight vegan cheese flavor that they all seem to have, I'll up my grade to an A+. And yes, I will be ordering lots more of this.
I'll probably make some quesadillas with the remainder of the cheese. That feels like an ultimate test. Any other ideas you want to see tested instead?
Here are pics of the taco casserole:
Here are pics of the enchiladas: