Sunday, December 30, 2012

Trader Joe's Vegan Mozzarella Style Shreds (plus John's Laziest Pizza)

Trader Joe's has a new Vegan cheese and it's not Daiya! Trader Joes's Vegan Mozzarella Style Shreds are basically Galaxy Vegan Mozzarella Style Shreds, which I've never had before. Since it's Mozzarella, I thought I would put it to the true test and try it on a pizza. Lazy pizza anyone???  

I keep my pizzas pretty simple. First, I procured some Whole Foods pre-made dough and marinara sauce. Both are super tasty and obviously very easy to work with. For toppings, I grabbed Tofurky Pepperoni Slices and some black olives. The Tofurky Pepperoni Slices are great if you miss that old pepperoni flavor. I normally would do green pepper with the olives but I totally forgot. Now let's see how the cheese and pizza turned out!

The Trader Joe's Mozzarella was really interesting. If you eat it raw, it honestly doesn't taste very good. But when I melted it all over the pizza, I found it to be quite good! When it melts (and it does melt), the mozzarella gets a bit gloopy almost like a glaze. It's definitely a different beast than Daiya. So if love Daiya and think it has no faults whatsoever, this probably isn't the cheese for you. I like Daiya too, but I find it to be too rich in large quantities, the flavor taking over whatever you put it on. It's just nice to have another option out there. This cheese is pretty mild and didn't overwhelm the other flavors. The pizza itself was great and I really love those Tofurky Pepperonis.

In closing, I'm always happy to see new Vegan products, especially cheese. I thought the Trader Joe's Mozzarella tasted great when melted and had a nice neutral flavor. It is almost an anti-Daiya cheese, which I feel the world needs.

13 comments:

  1. I need to make a trip to TJ to try this! Any chance it is Gluten Free?

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    1. It didn't say it was Gluten Free, but I didn't see any wheat ingredients on the packaging.

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  2. So glad you posted a review of this new vegan cheese product! I saw it at TJs a few weeks ago and had been debating about buying it ever since. Was wondering if it's the same as Daiya. Glad to know it's a much milder flavor and still melts!

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  3. very interesting. that pizza looks really good too, i would totally try it, but even i'm too lazy to cook it :-P

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  4. Hmm...you could mix it with the Daiya to get a bit of each flavor/consistency.

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  5. Yes!! Thank you for this review! I hate Daiya and have always omitted cheese rather than substituted. I am thrilled to have another option!

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  6. So is the TJ cheese made by Galaxy? I do like the Galaxy shreds a lot....love Daiya the most, but it's nice to have more options. And I've only recently learned about buying pre-made dough at WF!!! That makes me so happy. I like to make Isa's recipe from VwaV when I have time to let it rise. But when I don't, I need a lazy option.

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  7. Mr. Face brought home a bag of this the other week, and we were so excited! Then we tasted it. Pee-yuk!
    I took the extreme step of returning it for a refund, making sure to emphasize that we buy lots of vegan cheese... It's not vegan cheese that's lacking, it's THEIR vegan cheese, and thanks for the effort, but back to the drawing board.
    Love many of TJ's lazy vegan options, including their pizza dough. And cheese-wise, we miss Scheese, but Daiya suffices for most needs. (Or the heck with cheese, olives and avocado are yummy.)

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    1. The TJ's pizza dough in the northeast contains L-cysteine; is it different in other parts of the country?

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    2. Yep! The dough out here has the V on it.

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  8. Thanks for the review, was looking to see if i could avoid making the trek to Whole Foods to get some cheese for tonight... TJs is much closer. Awesome.

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  9. I work at TJ's and have been eye-balling this. Its been a while since I've tried any vegan cheeses and the last time it wasn't good. So I'll give it a shot. I'll have to check the pizza dough, its not on our vegan-list http://www.traderjoes.com/pdf/lists/list-vegan.pdf

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  10. I'm still relatively new at a plant-based diet, as my doc just put me on it in January to deal with my Type 2 diabetes. I've never been a big meat eater anyway, and tofu has helped me in a lot of "egg situations"; however, I dearly miss cheese.

    Anyway, yesterday was the first time I've seen this vegan cheese at TJ--the only other non-dairy cheese I found there was not vegan--so I bought some. Have you given it a try in mac and cheese? I think I miss that a lot more than pizza. I'm glad to hear it melts, because I miss quesadillas and chili rellenos, too. :)

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