A Shredded Review

Last month, Galaxy Nutritional Foods contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying their new line of vegan shredded cheese. I happily accepted their generous offer while simultaneously envisioning pizza, tacos, and quesadillas on my plate.

Now, admittedly, I don’t like vegan cheese very much (crazy nonsense, I know!). Tim and I rarely purchase it because we try to avoid processed foods. But, there is always room for exceptions. Plus, it’s fun to snazz up our meals with specialty items from time to time.

I received two flavors: Mozzarella and Mexican. Both varieties are soy-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Since I am an enthusiastic snacker, I decided to try the cheese straight from the bag. The verdict? It was powdery and dry. I attribute this to cornstarch, which is one of the main ingredients. I don’t think this is a problem though because most people don’t eat shredded cheese as a snack. The ultimate test was to see if it melted on a pizza:

We used the mozzarella flavor and it definitely melted! Unfortunately, it also stuck to my teeth – a lot. I don’t like it when food adheres my teeth. Pizza is one of my favorite meals and when one of the components sticks to every surface of my mouth, it ruins everything (touch dramatic?). The flavor was mild, very similar to Daiya. I thought this was a plus because when I eat pizza, I like to taste the fresh veggies and sauce.

Next, we sampled the Mexican flavor. Tim and I both love tacos and quesadillas, so we made both over the course of a few weeks. You can see how well the cheese melts in this spinach quesadilla:

A few days later, we made tacos. We just sprinkled the cheese on top, so it didn’t melt:

I was expecting the Mexican variety to taste different than the mozzarella but it tasted exactly the same. The ingredients for both cheeses are very similar. The only noticeable difference is the color. I was bummed because I really wanted a spicy kick to my quesadillas and tacos!!

Overall, I was disappointed with Galaxy’s new shredded cheese. Maybe I am fussy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that both cheeses melt so well and are allergen-free. I also fully support more vegan food products on the market. But, I just can’t get past teeth coated in cheese glue. I will “stick” to making my own cheeses or occasionally splurging on Follow Your Heart brand.

I would like to thank Galaxy Nutritional Foods for sending me samples of their new shredded cheeses. Despite my review, I think everybody has their own preferences and tastes. Please don’t hesitate to give these new cheeses a try for yourself.

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15 thoughts on “A Shredded Review

  1. Can I just say how relieving it is to sometimes read a review with criticism in it? I feel like sometimes people just write nice things exclusively. Also, I love the colors in your photos, as always.

    • Agreed; I feel especially great about the honesty because sometimes I feel like the only non-Pollyanna in the blogosphere! Just because one person doesn’t like something doesn’t mean it’s worthless. People read blogs precisely because they want another person’s opinion!

      Love the pics!

      • Thanks, Abby! I love reading your reviews too because they are honest and often make me laugh :) You have a sweet tooth that is right on par with mine. Let’s battle it out some day!

      • I’m pretty confident my sweet tooth could trump yours, but I’d be willing to test the theory! Let’s also have a corn-dog eating contest at Hungry Tiger Too if I’m ever in the area again; I have daydreams about them.

  2. I was going to say the exact same thing – it is so refreshing to see an honest review! You know what (in case Galaxy Foods is out there reading this) – I may even be MORE likely to try it now just to see for myself…but if she just said it was awesome, the greatest, blah blah blah, I’d be like, yeah, whatever, you’re just saying that because they sent it to you! I appreciate honest reviews, so thank you!

  3. I feel the same way as you do about vegan cheese — we are only occasional users — and when we do buy it it’s usually FYH brand. Thanks for your honest review. By describing what you liked and didn’t like, it gives us an idea of whether we might like the product or not. You’ve demonstrated the meltiness and stringiness (a good cheese quality) well, and this might be the perfect cheese for those who want the mouth-feel of dairy cheese.

  4. I appreciate the review and, like Bethany, am almost more intrigued by it. Looks like you definitely gave it a fair shot in trying it in a couple different meals. But similarly, I don’t often eat vegan cheese. It’s cool that there are so many options these days, though.

  5. I thought they tasted a bit chalky. We didn’t finish the bag we were given by a friend. I’m glad companies are trying. So many more options out there than 20 years ago.

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