I adore homemade dairy-free parmesan – just a few ingredients and so much flavor. But it was neat to trial out a product like Go Veggie Dairy-Free Parmesan! It looks SO much like the grated Parmesan cheese in those ubiquitous Kraft canisters.
In fact, Go Veggie Dairy-Free Parmesan is even spot on with texture and mouth feel… Pretty darn close on taste, too.
For testing cheese alternatives, I always try to enlist someone who eats dairy, but is open to dairy-free foods. Our dairy taster agreed with me that this is a seriously impressive cheese alternative with broad appeal and versatility. However, we both thought it was a little lacking in pungency. The flavor seemed to get lost easily when used as a topping on bold-flavored dishes, like slow-simmered spaghetti made with fresh tomatoes and olives.
It added a little to the overall flavor, but we wanted some more punch! Fortunately, on milder dishes – like simple olive oil noodles or steamed broccoli – Go Veggie Dairy-Free Parmesan added a pleasant cheesy flavor. Though I must admit, we used a heavy hand to really coat those noodles and stalks!
Important Brand Note: Go Veggie! changes their packaging constantly! There is always great confusion over their lactose-free line, which contains dairy, and their vegan / dairy-free line. To clarify, they changed all of the vegan packaging to PURPLE packages. However, they recently changed so that all varieties are green again, but the vegan varieties have just a purple label that states “Vegan” (see the Go Veggie dairy-free parmesan image at right for an example). Please note that the the green labels with “Lactose Free” and the blue labels with “Lactose & Soy Free” are made from cow’s milk, they just have the lactose (milk sugars) removed.
The Facts on Go Veggie Dairy Free Parmesan
Price: $4.49 per 4-ounce package
Certifications: We did not note any certifications on the Go Veggie Dairy-Free Parmesan.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Go Veggie Dairy-Free Parmesan is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, verify on the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Go Veggie! website at www.goveggiefoods.com.
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Vegan topper for everyday meals
Identical in looks and pretty close in taste to its dairy counterpart, these cheesy little crumbs are a fun vegan topper for everyday meals if soy protein is on your “can eat” list. I enjoyed the taste, but found it a touch mild, getting lost atop a bowl of boldly-flavorful spaghetti. Our dairy-eating taster confirmed that this is an impressive cheese alternative, but could be just a bit more pungent.