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Nov 18, 2010 05:44 PM

Daiya (vegan cheese)

This cheese was voted best Vegan cheese by QuarryGirl- a vegan food blog.

Anyway- it JUST became kosher and is pareve.. Saw some today in Whole Foods- very exciting!

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  1. Their website didn't have any info on the kashrut. Do you know the hechsher it has?

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    1. re: queenscook

      OU. You can see the exact products etc that are kosher on OU website.

    2. This IS exciting!! Thanks for the heads-up :)

      1. How does it taste? And how is the texture?

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        1. re: mrogovin

          Honestly we haven't used it. I bought a small bag to give DH to try out in his restaurant, but right now people are very happy with the Pareve cheese he currently uses. Hopefully he will try it out soon.
          If you look here, though, you can see a review (incidentally, we use Teese @ the restaurant)

          1. re: mrogovin

            OK, will answer my own question. Of course, nothing tastes like cheese, which is complex and very variable, even within brands (other than factory made mass market products like Millers). Having said that, this was not bad at all. Used the mozzarella in two dishes: a meat lasagne and a vegan "meat" lasagne. Both were good. I detected a trace of what may be umami in the cheese substitute - something usually found in hard cheeses but not certain (nothing in the ingredients suggested it). The aroma was certainly not mozzarella; it was stronger, more like Romano or Provolone. Uncooked, it is dry and brittle but it melted well. I generally do not use fake cheese or meat -- this meal was an experimental exception -- but where authenticity is not critical and melted cheese is desired, it was better than others I have tried. May try the cheddar on a burger, but doubt it will be as good as the real thing.

            1. re: mrogovin

              I went through a soy cheese-burger phase for a while. Finally decided a real cheese, soy-burger worked better. Fake cheese is fine as a novelty but cheese is such a complex combination of flavor/aroma/texture that you can easily spot a fake.

          2. Hmm. This *just* became kosher? That's interesting, because many of the NYC vegan/vegan-friendly restaurants that have a hashgacha (though, granted, it's usually not the most reliable of kosher supervision) use Daiya cheese in their dishes.

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            1. re: downtownNYCjew

              Maybe only the wholesale version was certified?

              1. re: downtownNYCjew

                Here is a blog post from 2009 claiming it's kosher.


                It doesn't give any details, but it's possible that Daiya had been certified by one agency and recently switched to OU.

              2. I've tasted this melted with spinach in a quesedilla. Really, really good.

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