Monday, March 25, 2013
Food Review: Trader Joe's Vegan Mozzarella Style Shreds
I have been hearing about Trader Joe's Vegan Mozzarella Style Shreds for quite some time now (they were on-shelves at the tail end of last year), but have only now gotten around to trying them! To be honest, I was a bit skeptical about these shreds...I am a big fan of Daiya vegan cheese and I really didn't think Trader Joe's brand could live up to Daiya.
However, while grocery shopping at TJ's the other day, I finally decided to try their vegan cheese since I had a craving for quesadillas and was all out of Daiya. It's funny, I can eat Daiya shreds right out of the bag and think it is pretty tasty (though Mister Spooky begs to differ and gives me such a withering look when I do this, ha!), but when I tried to eat the Trader Joe's vegan shreds "raw" they had an unpleasant taste. This wasn't too big of a deal since I hadn't bought the shreds to eat right out of the bag, so I went ahead and made quesadillas with the TJ's vegan cheese.
The Trader Joe's Vegan Mozzarella melted very quickly into a nice gooey consistency. It didn't take much time or heat to get it nicely and evenly melted. Once cooled, I took a bite and was pretty impressed! The flavor wasn't unpleasant (like when I ate it raw) and was actually quite subtle and delicious. The texture was pretty close to what I remember dairy cheese tasting like and the vegan mozzarella was even stringy and stretchy like dairy cheese.
I liked how it wasn't as rich or heavy like Daiya...I love Daiya but sometimes eating too much of it can leave me feeling kinda icky and bloated. So I really appreciated how the Trader Joe's vegan cheese was much lighter while still retaining a stretchy cheese texture.
Trader Joe's Vegan Mozzarella Style Shreds were a big surprise and a big hit. I can't wait to try making a pizza with this product or even trying it in enchiladas or lasagna!