Happy Sunday morning!
The clocks went back and I’ve been up since 8am. I had a particularly annoying day yesterday which ended with me accidentally spraying glue in my face while making Christmas presents. Awful. Anyway, today I thought I would post about my experience with Violife.
The first variety I tried was the classic block.
My first impressions were that it was soft, very easy to cut and had a mild taste. It wasn’t rubbery or starchy like other vegan cheeses that I’ve tried but I wouldn’t say it had a particularly cheesy taste. The first meal I had this in was a toasted sandwich with Marmite but the Marmite overpowered the taste of the Violife, despite this the texture was nice and it melted decently. The second meal I tried the block in was grated on top of a vegan pasta with garlic olive butter. Again the cheese melted well and added a nice texture to the pasta which I had been missing from my dishes.
The block grated extremely well so for the third meal I grated it into a cheese sauce which I made with soya milk and cream plus seasonings, I feel like the sauce came out well and I really enjoyed this meal, probably the best thing I made with the Violife block.
My final view is that I wish the block had tasted cheesier, but I know they make other varieties so maybe they have more taste than the classic. I was glad it didn’t taste of cheese crisps like other vegan cheeses I have tried. The texture of this cheese was great, although I wished it was slightly harder, but I will forgive this as it melts slightly. I would definitely eat this again. I purchased the 200g block for £2.29 at Tesco.
Ingredients: Water, coconut oil (23%), modified starch, starch, sea salt, vegan flavour, polyphenols, and colour: b-carotene.
The next type of Violife I tried was the creamy spreadable in the original flavour, this was creamy, soft and mildly cheesy.
However, I found it a little difficult to spread onto bread. I had this in sandwiches with the Tofurky slices, cucumber and vegan pate and it was really delicious. I also had it spread on rice crackers on it’s own, and with vegan pate and this was also really nice, it’s quite a moist spread and it really brought life into the rice crackers.
Finally, I cut off little bits of the spread and put it on top of pasta in tomato sauce as like some sort replacement for mozzarella. I didn’t know what to expect but the cheese held it’s shape and the melt was very minimal, although it melted more when I mixed it in.
I wouldn’t say this product has the same consistency as something like Philadelphia but it’s also not rubbery either, it’s somewhere in between. It takes a little more effort to spread it but it’s really nice and I would buy this again and would like to try other flavours. I paid £2.49 for the 200g packet in Tesco.
Ingredients: Water, coconut oil (24%), starch, modified starch, sea salt, stabilisers: (sodium polyphosphate, carrageenan, locust bean gum, potassium chloride), vegan flavours, lactic acid, preservative: sorbic acid, and colours: (titanium dioxide, b-carotene).
The last Violife product I tried was the slices, I chose the mozzarella variety.
This cheese has an overpowering smell which doesn’t remind me of mozzarella, it also tastes much cheesier. The taste is buttery but again doesn’t remind me of mozzarella, I just left that idea at the door and tried to enjoy it for what it was. The taste is nicer than the smell and the texture is great, just like a slice of cheese. I will admit that I didn’t have this in a meal, I just ate it straight out of the packet and I’m not even ashamed. I paid £2.69 for 10 slices at my local health food store. I’d really like to try the pizza, hot peppers and smoked flavours soon.
Ingredients: Water, coconut oil (23%), modified starch, sea salt, vegan flavours, mozzarella flavour, acidity regulator: Citric acid, preservative: Sorbic acid, and colour: b-carotene.
Hope you’ve had a good weekend