Dairy-free cheese is a very particular thing. Many tasters will covet a certain alternative while others may loathe it. But love them or hate them, it’s hard to deny the mainstay popularity of Daiya Shreds dairy-free cheese alternatives over the years.
As one of the few top allergen-free alternatives, the Daiya Shreds received our top pizza-performing rank. Also, it does add easy, cheesy appeal to many recipes. It whisks into sauces and despite its rather staunch appearance, it actually melts atop many dishes with relative ease.
Beyond our own household trials, I asked for opinions from a couple of bloggers, and got surprisingly rave responses. Erin at Adventures in ASD and GFCF Living said:
The Daiya Shreds are so awesome I can hardly stand it. The Mozzarella Syle, anyway – have not tried the cheddar style yet. It’s melty and it stays melted for pizza that’s just wonderful. Even my husband who does not need to be dairy free admits that this stuff is really good. I just love it!
Sarena of The Non-Dairy Queen trialed the Daiya Shreds dairy-free cheese a couple of unconventional ways, in a grilled vegetable panini and atop a cheesy squash casserole, and more traditionally, on pizza:
I was kind of eh, about it with the panini. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, but I wasn’t blown away by it. But on the squash casserole…I LOVED it! It is extremely creamy and melts really well (pictured below). I don’t think it has a ton of flavor, but I guess mozzarella cheese isn’t loaded with flavor either. That’s what makes it a great addition to dishes where you are looking for creamy gooeyness, but don’t want to mask the the flavors of your dish. Honestly, the problem with most dairy free cheeses are the messed up flavors, so the mild flavor of Daiya is perfect in my book. Finally, I tried it on a buckwheat flat bread pizza with roasted red pepper spread, the Mozzarella Style, and a pepper/onion mix. Ok, they win…I am sold. This stuff is really amazing on pizza and even stringy like real cheese.
The Facts on Daiya Shreds
Certifications: Daiya Shreds are Certified Kosher Parve and Certified Vegan. The have been going through Non-GMO verification and do use only non-GMO ingredients.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Daiya Shreds 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.
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Melty, mildly cheesy flavor
A temporary reformulation in 2015 caused many Daiya fans to jump ship. Fortunately, the old shred formula was reinstated in 2016 for the original melty, mildly cheesy flavor that is more pleasing to most. Our dairy-free tasters gave the Mozzarella and Cheddar Style enthusiastic high marks, while those who eat dairy gave it a solid “good” for general enjoy-ability and cheese-like goodness that was pretty close, but still notably not dairy cheese. However, they could be fooled when the shreds were used in a sauce