*Photo from Daiya Foods
I’ve been hearing a lot of hype about Daiya non-dairy cheese lately in the Twitter feeds of vegan foodies. People have been claiming its the best vegan cheese on the market, that it melts and tastes like real cheese. If you’ve ever had non-dairy cheese, you know that this would be a very big deal. Most non-dairy cheese is almost inedible, and pointless in my opinion, because nothing could even come close to imitating the creaminess of real cheese. Until now. Read on, my cheese loving friends, for the “revolution in non-dairy cheese” that is Daiya.
When creating this vegan cheese phenomenon, Daiya founder Andre Kroecher (who struggled with his love of good pizza while practicing a vegan lifestyle) was “tired of being disappointed” and “decided to make a non-dairy cheese that would perform and taste like the real thing.”
It seems that he succeeded, given the fact that in 2009 Daiya cheese won VegNews Magazine’s Product of the Year Award and started showing up at vegan-friendly restaurants all over the country. And cheese-lovers can rejoice – Daiya has recently been introduced at Whole Foods as well. Check out the recent news on Daiya.
So what makes this non-dairy cheese so cheesy? Well, its made from all plant-based ingredients (including tapioca flour, arrowroot and pea protein) and is soy and casein free (2 ingredients commonly found in non-dairy cheese). According to Daiya’s web site, the cheese boasts the following health benefits:
Ok, so you get it. People say its good. The whole point of this post is that after hearing all the hype for weeks, I finally tried Daiya cheese last night. I was out at ‘sNice in the West Village and saw Daiya on the menu. I ordered the tempeh rueben sandwich and could hardly contain my excitement to actually be trying this cheese. I watched the guy behind the counter put a heaping amount of Daiya shreds on the sandwich (“it’s delicious!” he assured me) and then toast it. When it came out to me, the cheese was oozing out of the sandwich.
I took a bite and could not believe my taste buds. I almost sent my sandwich back because I thought it was dripping with dairy cheese. But no. This was the first time I had truly enjoyed vegan cheese. The flavor and texture were just like regular cheese. A life changing moment!
Needless to say, I will be purchasing some Daiya at Whole Foods soon and will definitely post a recipe full of vegan cheesy goodness for you to savor.