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The Teese Cheese Test

Over the last few months, there has been much discussion about this new brand of vegan mozzarella that melts just like real cheese. I’ve been putting off trying Teese because the last thing I need is to find another soy cheese I love. I already have a problem—why make it worse?

Last weekend I could no longer resist the urge, so I headed over to Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe to buy the new cheese, which comes in at $7.50 for 1 pound, and immediately started planning my next pizza. As soon as I got home, I had to sneak a bite to get the full flavor on its own. I found it to be a little too much like margarine to eat straight up but could immediately tell from the texture that it would melt nicely.

And melt it did! It almost melted a little too much (who would have thought we’d ever say that about a vegan cheese?!). After just a few minutes in the oven, the cheese became quite runny and blended with my pizza sauce, and I was then left with an orange pizza that might be the ugliest thing I’ve ever photographed. But you can’t really judge a pizza by its looks—you have to give it a taste.

Once the pizza cooled and the cheese firmed ever so slightly, I took my first bite. The hints of margarine were still there and so was the amazing texture. In addition to melting better than any other brand of soy cheese I’ve tried, it also has more creaminess to it that more closely mimics dairy. This is definitely the cheese to give to people who are new to veganism.

If the ooze factor is what you deem essential for your pizza, then you must try Teese (you can order it here). If you don’t really care that much about how well it melts and just want something that kinda looks like cheese on your pizza, then you can just go for one of the cheaper brands you can pick up at a local supermarket, in my opinion.

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  • Megan says:

    This pizza looks AWESOME. I just made a pizza about 1 hour ago with Vegan Rella and decided to search the net for a better cheeze alternative. Yours looks amazing!

    Reply to Ben, 2 comments above:

    Do your research. Plants do not have nerve endings…if you are offended at the reality of animal exploitation, then don’t come here. 😉

  • paresh says:

    nice recipe.

  • Ben says:

    A vegetable is a living thing until killed by someone to eat! when is this madness going to stop!! I know you won’t post this but think about when you think its unfair when your postings don’t get put up on any kind of meat sight or animal sight!!

  • Hanna says:

    Try Follow Your Heart Vegan cheese. I have used the Cheddar and Mozzarella. Both grate, melt and taste great.

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  • Ashleigh says:

    That pizza looks tasty! It’s great that they make vegan cheese that melts now!

  • Robyn J. Miller says:

    I guess I would call myself “almost vegan” because I can’t seem to find a great vegan cheese alternative. If I could get past this final hurdle, I would totally be there. Any other vegan cheese favorites?

  • Eric says:

    This looks like NY style pizza!! YUM!!