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.