Daiya Farmhouse Blocks Cheese Alternative

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Version:
Jalapeno Havarti, Medium Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Smoked Gouda
Price:
$4.99 per 7.1-ounce block

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Rating:
4
On January 27, 2016
Last modified:February 2, 2016

Summary:

If you love to nosh on chunks of cheese, or slice it thick for sandwiches, then this could be the sub for you. By far the closest in texture and in some cases taste (particularly the Cheddar), to traditional blocks of cheese, this substitute is ready for appetizer platters. That said, unlike its predecessor, the Farmhouse Blocks don't melt as nicely on their own. However, you can pop them into stove top sauces, the warm surrounding liquid coaxes them to melt and meld deliciously.

Making a sharp transition from their former “velveeta-like” cheesy blocks, the new dairy-free Daiya Farmhouse Blocks are much more akin to chunks of traditional cheese.

Daiya Farmhouse Blocks - dairy-free hard cheese subs in Jalapeno Havarti, Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Smoked Gouda (vegan, gluten-free, allergy-friendly)

As for the pros, Daiya Farmhouse Blocks offer that slice-able, straight up nosh-able alternative to hard cheese, which I know so many of you are craving. Though not always spot on (see my notes below), the dairy-free and vegan flavors are reminiscent of their namesakes and have textures that hold their own on sandwiches and appetizer platters. Despite the fact that I’ve never been a cheese fan (gasp!), I very much enjoyed cubes of the Daiya Farmhouse Blocks as a snack with crackers.

Daiya Farmhouse Blocks - dairy-free hard cheese subs in Jalapeno Havarti, Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Smoked Gouda (vegan, gluten-free, allergy-friendly)

As for the cons, Daiya Farmhouse Blocks are definitely meant to be enjoyed as is. Unlike the old blocks, they don’t melt nicely – I would stick with Daiya shreds for a gooey experience. Briefly back on the pro side, they will melt in the microwave or into a sauce on the stove top. In fact, I tried freezing some slices and cubes with little success (the texture is significantly affected), but frozen bites of this plant-based cheese substitute will still melt fairly well into sauces.

As for the flavors, all varieties of the Daiya Farmhouse Blocks have the same ingredient base but each has its own unique vibe:

Cheddar – I think they hit the mark with this one as it tastes just like American cheddar, from what I remember. It has a spot on texture with a genuine cheesy flavor that’s only slightly tangier than I’d imagine real cheese.

Smoked Gouda – Not quite as rich and smoky as I remember this cheese to be, but this substitute still has a pleasant “after-smoke” and a warm, cheesy, but not overly so, bite.

Monterey Jack – This is by far the tangiest of the bunch. It’s good, but a little of the cheesy flavor is lost in the sharpness. Still quite multi-purpose but not my favorite for eating as is.

Jalapeno Havarti – The consistency of this flavor alternative is slightly different from the others – a little drier, in fact. Fortunately, the spicy kick overrides the textural issues and blends nicely with the cheesy backdrop.

 

Daiya Farmhouse Blocks - dairy-free hard cheese subs in Jalapeno Havarti, Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Smoked Gouda (vegan, gluten-free, allergy-friendly)

Certifications: Daiya Farmhouse Blocks are Certified Kosher Parve and Certified Vegan. They are also labeled as gluten free, but at last check, we didn’t see a certification.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Daiya Farmhouse Blocks are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Daiya Foods website at daiyafoods.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

19 Comments

  1. I loved these! I bought some during my last shopping trip and couldn’t believe how close to “real” cheese it tasted. It’s just great to have more options, especially for cheeses made without nuts.

  2. Daiya is a good alternative, though it really doesn’t taste like real cheddar (just removed dairy from my diet) found out about this “cheese”. In some ways it is like the plastic wrapped cheese slices that the fresh cheese slices. But I am not complaining! It is as close to cheese as one can get.

    Just remember to read the ingredients because the cheddar slices are made from different ingredients that the cheddar shreds and I am guessing the cheddar blocks may be slightly different as well. Haven’t seen the blocks in my city yet. If you are on a multi intolerance eating regime don’t assume the same item in a different format has the same ingredients.

    • Hi Nicola, these are definitely quite a different formula from the slices (which are more like processed food cheese in my opinion, too!) and the shreds. They are more of an authentic cheddar in taste and texture than the others, but don’t melt as well. Hopefully you find them soon!

    • “In some ways it is like the plastic wrapped cheese slices that the fresh cheese slices.” lol, agreed! ?

      Thank goodness I am part of the lucky minority of people with dairy allergies that can eat sheep and goat dairy. I dunno how I’d survive if I wasn’t.

  3. I haven’t seen these yet, but looking forward to trying it. I’m not a huge fan of Daiya shreds and the original “blocks” that melt. Maybe these will be closer to real cheese flavor.

  4. Thanks for the review! I haven’t tried the new blocks since they revamped them. They sound like a great addition to a wine and cheese night. I’ll check them out sometime!

  5. I can’t wait for these cheeses to start appearing in Germany, I really miss hard cheeses and they are much more difficult to make at home than vegan cream cheese and the like.

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