We've been dairy-free ever since my middle child was an infant - or roughly eleven and a half years now! Non-dairy cheeses have been a problem for that many years. Either the non-dairy cheese doesn't melt or it doesn't taste good or both! Another issue with non-dairy cheeses is that so many of them that stake the claim that they are "non-dairy" actually contain casein - a dairy protein.
As a mother of a child with a life-threatening food allergy to milk, which includes casein - this is a real problem. I am so excited that I could just scream!! I am please to say that we found a new completely allergen-free non-dairy "cheese" that tastes great and melts! It has been very exciting around here as I have converted old family recipes that really require a cheese that melts! The cheese is made by Daiya and is listed as dairy, lactose and casein free, gluten free, soy free and cholesterol free. Here is a picture of the two types of cheeses we have found made by Daiya.
Here is the Mozzarella Style Shreds
Here are the ingredients of the Mozzarella style shreds: Filtered water, tapioca and/or arrowroot flours, non-GMO expeller pressed canola and /or non-GMO expeller pressed safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein, salt, vegan natural flavors, inactive yeast, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, citric acid (for flavor). The packing further states: Made in a facility fr ee of animal products, milk, egg, soy, peanuts and tree nuts (excluding coconut).
Their website address is: www.daiyafoods.com. The "cheese" is manufactured by Daiya Foods in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The phone number to reach Daiya is 1-877-324-9211. We found an 8 ounce package (about 2 cups) cost us $4.99 retail. We are now purchasing this through our organic cooperative and we will receive significant savings on a per package basis.
We found this product, quite by accident, in the refrigerated section of our local Wegmans Natures Market about 3 weeks ago. Since that time, we have purchased many packages - before deciding it was worth ordering through the coop - and made many new and old dishes! I give this product a huge thumbs up and high approval rating! If you have any comments to share on this, by all means, I'd love to hear them! Fire up your ovens for pizza, stromboli, lasagna and all those cheesy dishes! Enjoy!