Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Cheezly Vegan Cheese


Have you tried Cheezly yet? If not, you definitely should!

It melts pretty well (better than Follow Your Heart).

It tastes really good. It sort of reminds me of dairy (it's been over six years though), but not enough to gross me out. I think I'd say I like it more than Follow Your Heart, although I do like Follow Your Heart as well.

You can't buy it in stores yet, but you can buy it on Vegan Essentials. However, if you live in or near Seattle, you can buy it in person at Sidecar.

Pros: Taste, melts, non-hydrogenated

Cons: Price (about $8/pack), not organic

Have you tried Cheezly? What do you think?

The people who make Temptation soy ice cream have created a vegan cheese: Teese. I'm thinking of ordering a sample. I've heard good things.

UPDATE: I just ordered two pounds of Teese!

What is your favorite vegan cheese?

24 comments:

pleasantly plump vegan said...

man, i wish i could afford to try this!!! i made a pizza today with FYH and i think for the cost, it's my favorite vegan cheeze.

Anonymous said...

Yummy... a day's worth of fat in a single serving according to those who don't buy into the Fed's recommendations.

One more very unhealthy vegan processed product.

Jeez, you're doing a great service on this blog!

Anonymous said...

Teese... 65 servings per "package" according to the link, 70 calories (all fat) per serving, according to the same link with nutritional breakdown.

Could easily make you "unpleasantly plump."

Romina said...

My fave vegan cheese is Vegan Rella, it melts! =)

Uh, just so people know, I checked the Cheezly website, and it's not excessively high in fat. A serving of "cheese" is normally 1 oz, or 30 grams, their nutritional info is for 100 grams, so that makes a serving about 5 grams of fat. Unless you are on a zero fat diet, this is completely reasonable. Eating processed foods occasionally hasn't killed anybody, it's when they're overrelied upon.

Billy said...

Thanks Romina.

I agree. I'm very healthy, but do eat processed foods occasionally. Oh dear god! (I wish I could convey sarcasm on the web.)

Anyway, I have a feeling who's leaving the comments but the person wants to hide behind Anonymous.

I'm really sick of people freaking out about fat and carbs. You need both. If you feel differently, fine, but no one cares to hear you freak out about it.

:)

VeganCowGirl said...

Sounds yummy. I can't get vegan cheese here, but on my trip to Atlanta this month, I plan on bringing some back to my hotel room with me and trying to convince the kitchen staff to let me make a vegan grilled cheese. :) We'll see how that goes.

Thanks for the product update - and what is wrong with 70 calories per serving...????? Obsession with fat of ANY kind, seems pretty unpleasant to me.

Bianca said...

Thanks for the review. I've been wondering about that stuff! I can't imagine anything better than Follow Your Heart though! I can't wait to try it.

vegan addict said...

i saw cheezly at food fight when i was grocery shopping last week, and i put it in my basket, took it out, put it in, and took it out again! ugh...i WILL buy it next time...i must stop shopping on a budget! oh yeah, and we all need to indulge in fats and carbs. c'mon anonymous, have some fun.

i really like the follow your heart cheese, and i look forward to trying teese!

Kindle Fahlenkamp-Morell said...

I am a newly veganized vegetarian so I've only tried Follow Your Heart. Could you vets tell me what is not worth trying? Like, are those rice cheeses any good? And which ones have casein?

Mihl said...

I think I tried cheezly once and didn't like it too much. But that's probably just me, I can't get used to vegan "cheese". I was amazed how expensive that stuff is over at your place. Here it's about 3 €.

Vegan_Noodle said...

I have both Cheezly (which I purchased in Seattle) and Teese in my fridge at home!! They are waiting to battle it out on a pizza. Up till now my fave has been fyh (for melting purposes). Oh, and I tried some sheese for the first time at vegfest and thought that was pretty good by itself.
Oh, and I can totally see how the weather in seattle would get you down... I would really miss the sunshine! You headed back east to DC?

Happy Herbivore! said...

i have never even seen this cheese! but if its melts, I'll have to buy it for the husband who loves his fake cheese! thanks Billy!

Kumquat Peekapoo said...

I really appreciate that you review convenience products. Although I try to stay away from processed food as the norm, some days I don't feel like cooking! And I'm really glad that there are a growing number of products available for vegans who are mere mortals and sometimes want an easy, tasty dinner. I think these products make veganism more approachable.

Rural Vegan said...

I just swore off vegan cheese, but I'm always willing to try something new. I haven't tried Cheezly or Sheese, but have heard good things about both. Supposedly the Whole Foods in Chicago are selling ready-made vegan pizzas using Soy Temptation's new cheese. I keep meaning to stop there when in the city!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Jealous of all the people in Seattle!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

"The next time I'm stuck in Dallas-Forth Worth airport with a long layover, I'll have to take a taxi to that restaurant!"

Take me with you!!! :o)

Billy said...

Kindle Fahlenkamp-Morell,

Congrats on going vegan!

I like Cheezly and Follow Your Heart best. Galaxy Nutritional Foods now makes a vegan rice cheese. I'm sure you've seen those. They say "Rice" in large letters on them. Look for the ones that say "Vegan" at the top right. Those are pretty good and come in singles packets, which makes it even easier to make sandwiches with.

Tofutti singles are alright, though not great.

And, personally, I can't stand Vegan Rella. I think it varies from person to person.

Lily Girl said...

I recently received my order of Teese. I have liked FYH for the flavor, but the meltability leaves something to be desired. Teese is the other way around for me, melts great, but I have no intention of eating it alone (we made "teesey" bread to see how it stood up on it's own - not my favorite). However in applications when it's providing texture as much as anything else, like on a roasted veggie pizza, I think it will be great.

VeggieGirl said...

haven't tried Teese, but good to know that it's tasty! my whole family likes the Follow Your Heart brand.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I made a grilled (mature cheddar) Cheezly sandwich on fresh bread in a sandwich press & it was KILLER! My husband & I thought it kind of tasted like Mac & Cheese in a bread pocket, hahaha.

Nicki said...

Shut it fatophobic anonymi! (That's the plural of "anonymous," or at least should be, and it was directed at the two suspiciously anonymous commenters who for some reason like to bash a fellow vegan's blog.) Cheezly is awesome!

WCG said...

Sheese! I made macaroni and Sheese once (you can find the recipe at www.buteisland.com, and Sheese at veganessentials.com) and it was better than any "real" mac and cheese I've had. Also, I used the Cheezly mozarella on pizza. I made a veggie, gimme lean sausage, pesto and cheezly pizza once...delicious!

And! to the fat nazi's out there... if occasional indulgence in processed and fatty vegan cheese can give reformed dairy-lovers a fix, and help them continue on the righteous path of compassionate eating, then more power to me!..err them.

Deidre said...

hi- i have to agree that cheezly is EXCELLENT. i would recommend that everyone try it. it is very similiar to real cheese- i was kind of shocked by it because i expected it to be awful. :)

Caroline Talita Ishshah said...

I find it amusing that people who have teeth or use a spoon, fork, and knife, who use even manual hand-mixers, etc., get all up in a tizzy about "processed foods." For heaven's sake - it's called cooking. Fine sport. Some of you people should try it some time.