Let’s face it, vegan cheese largely sucks. There are a few gems out there but they’re still flawed in some way. While one may actually resemble the skunkiness of a blue cheese, it doesn’t melt. Another may have a nice yellow cheddar appearance but it tastes like cardboard with a slimy, gritty surface. It’s interesting to note that most of the vegan Mac ‘n Cheese recipes on the Internet call for anything BUT store-bought vegan cheese.
Well, we may finally be experiencing the tipping point on vegan cheese. There’s a new kid on the block and it’s called Teese Mozzarella! This stuff actually melts, EVEN IN THE MICROWAVE. Let me repeat that, EVEN IN THE MICROWAVE!
And get this, it actually tastes like what I remember mozzarella to be. Now of course, I’m not going to do a side-by-side with the real thing but for vegan folks looking for a pizza, pasta, salad and snack cheese, this is perfect.
I’d initially read about Teese on the Internet, visited their site and saw the video showing it melting on pizza in a wood-fired oven. Then I started seeing excellent reviews. More excellent reviews than most other cheeses.
So, I bought 5 pounds.
Yep, IT’S SOLD BY THE POUND! Not those wimpy little overpriced 4 ounce packages but a really honkin’ pound! I love this company. They know how to please a Midwesterner for sure.
I placed my order at Vegan Essentials, one of only three retailers selling the cheese. Teese was originally targeted to the food service industry so the packages you’ll get are rather industrial looking. But who cares?! IT REALLY MELTS!
The first thing I did was attempt to melt some on a TLT in the microwave it melted and ran elegantly down the crusts of my bread in no time at all.
Of course, it looked so yummy I forgot to get a photo. I’ll make another one and post a photo with the exact time to meltage.