“ Brand: Pure / Type: Cheese „
The worst thing about a dairy allergy (or vegan diet) is the absence of cheese, in my opinion. Now, this product makes no claims to be cheese-like, but we're constantly on the look out for products which give our dairy-allergic son more variety and a diet that *looks* similar to that of other children where we can. When you go dairy-free finding products that offer calcium is particularly important, and these slices contain 160 mg of Calcium per slice.
These soya slices from Pure resemble the processed cheese slices that you put in cheese-burgers, so we decided to give them a go. Son was keen to try them.
They come in packets of ten, in the distinctive Pure packaging (we also use their dairy-free spread, which I've also reviewed on DooYoo, if you're interested). You can find them in most good supermarkets in the chiller cabinets, priced between £1.50 and £2. The slices are individually wrapped in clear plastic within the packet, and look very like processed cheese slices.
They feel slightly plastic & greasy to the touch, which is much the same as a processed cheese in texture, as you take them from their film envelopes.
On tasting, there is a faint (and possibly imagined!) cheesiness and a soya after-taste. They don't really taste of much to be honest, and I don't think anyone would eat them on their own. They are really for adding to something, as solo they're insubstantial and not particularly tasty. They don't taste *horrible*, they just are a bit meh. The idea is definitely to add them to a burger or sandwich. Pure suggests using them in paninis, burgers, for barbeques and in toasties.
On toast under the grill or on a hot burger, the soya slice will melt nicely. Not quite as cheese would, but reasonably similarly.
My son likes them a lot for these purposes. He always wants me to grate the slices over his spag bol like his sister has grated cheese on hers. Of course this is a less successful manouevre, because thin flexible slices are not the easiest things to grate(!) and they tend to break up in my fingers as I try, but it shows that he does actually like this product (unlike more grate-able substitutes that we have tried).
If you're hoping for something dairy-free but cheesy, this product really isn't it. But then it doesn't claim to be. It is soya in a convenient form for sandwiches & the like, and as such you can't really knock it.
Here's the stats from the pack, and thanks for reading:
Ingredients: Water, Vegetable Oil, Soya Protein (7%), Potato Starch. Tapioca Starch, Fibre, Emulsifying Salt (Potassium Phosphate), Calcium Phosphate, Sugar, Salt, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Stabilisers (Sodium Alginate, Guar Gum), Natural Flavouring, Vinegar, Preservative (Sorbic Acid), Natural Colours (Beta Carotene, Paprika Extract).
- Dairy products
- GM ingredients
- Hydrogenated oils
- Artificial colours
- Artificial flavours
Suitable for cooking
Suitable for baking
Suitable for vegetarians & vegans
A good source of calcium
Nutritional Information Per 100g
Of which sugars 10g
Of which saturates 11g
Salt Equivalent 2.75g