posted on May, 27 2008 @ 01:39 PM
The sliced cheese has the texture of American cheese slices. The flavors are ok, ranging from cheddar to mozzarella to swiss. The shredded are good,
too. It all melts. My husband melts a slice on his tamales or burritoes. He also makes cold cheese/meat sandwiches with it.
The stuff can be expensive, but so are dairy products now anyway. Stock up when products are on sale. Freeze and use. Doesn't seem to affect quality.
Block soy might be cheaper per unit than presliced; slice and shred yourself. I used to buy block soy cheese from a co-op.
Years ago when I switched to soy/non-meat products, I was expecting, you know, a real honest to goodness hamburger or hotdog taste/texture, and was
disappointed. But I had to keep in mind that the products were really a good facsimiles, and better for me. Boca brand burgers are pretty darn close,
and certain "hotdogs" are better than others. Soy sausage is pretty close, also. I think these products have come a long way from the beginning.
Have you tried soy deli meats? Like I said above, they take some realization that it's not going to be exactly the same. But I do like the soy
bologna! The soy salame and other types are, well, soy products.
Re the "butter". We use Soy Garden brand spread, and that stuff is awesome. We can't tell the difference. It spreads, it melts, it fries even. One
thing, because it's soy based, it can spoil, go moldy, whereas butter/margarine might outlive someone. The same with the cheeses.
Oh, there is also a soy "cream cheese" and a soy parmesan. Both are acceptable, although the "cream cheese" is still a little too soy for me. Oh,
and there is soy ice cream, and I think I've seen soy "yogurt", too. Again, the ice cream is, well, an acceptable dessert.
We haven't tried the soy mayonnaise yet. Although, since mayo is oil based anyway (maybe with soy oil anyway) it might not make that much of a
difference. Maybe the soy mayo is vegan; I'll have to check.
I'd better stop here. I'm getting hungry!