I can’t believe 2018 is here already! I’m back with another vegan review for you.
A brand that I’ve seen around in local shops for a while is Follow Your Heart, I’ve tried a couple of their products here and there, including their vegan egg but I decided to grab a whole load of them to try out and see if they are really worth the price.
The first thing I tried was their shredded parmesan. These were tiny thin slivers of vegan cheese, a texture I have not seen or tried before. It’s made with ingredients that I haven’t seen used in vegan cheese before such as miso. The cheese was a little salty and did have a good cheesy flavour, there was something pleasantly savoury about it and I actually ate quite a bit of it straight from the pot. It melted well and I added it to a few sauces and on top of pasta. I did like it but I am not really sure it warrants the £4.69 I paid for the 113g pot. I may just stick to nooch for now.
Ingredients: Filtered Water, Organic Palm Fruit Oil, Modified Food Starch, Canola Oil, Natural Flavours (Plant Sources [Contains Autolyzed Yeast]), Vegetable Glycerin, Less than 2% of: Lactic Acid (Vegetable Source), Calcium Lactate (Vegetable Source), Sea Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Bamboo Fiber, Nutritional Yeast, Calcium Phosphate, Organic Chickpea Miso (Organic Handmade Rice Koji, Organic Whole Chickpeas, Sea Salt, Water, Koji Spores), Sunflower Lecithin, Citric Acid, Annatto.
The second product I tried was the mozzarella shreds. This cheese has thicker and longer shreds than the parmesan and has more of a grated cheddar texture. Like most starchy cheeses I’ve eaten before, that’s all I could taste, starchy potato. I didn’t feel like it tasted cheesy at all. It did melt well into a sauce, I’m not sure how it would taste on pizza. It also didn’t last long once I opened it, it turned a horrible black colour. I paid £4.69 for the 227g pack and I wouldn’t fork out the cash for it again.
Ingredients: Filtered Water, Organic Palm Fruit Oil, Modified Food Starch, Natural Flavours (Plant Sources), Less than 2% of: Pea Fiber, Pea Starch, Bamboo Fiber, Calcium Phosphate, Rice Flour, Vegetable Glycerin, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Sunflower Oil, Carrageenan (Vegetable Source), Calcium Sulfate, Citric Acid, Enzymes, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate.
I also picked up the cheddar shreds and thought that while the bright orange colour didn’t look that appetising they surely had to be more cheesy than the mozzarella ones. I was wrong, they tasted pretty much the same to me, they had the same texture, same meltability, same disappointment. I’m not sure if American cheddar has no flavour but this just didn’t taste like cheese to me, at all. I paid £4.69 for the 227g bag.
Ingredients: Filtered Water, Organic Palm Fruit Oil, Modified Food Starch, Natural Flavours (Plant Sources), Less than 2% of: Pea Fiber, Pea Starch, Bamboo Fiber, Nutritional Yeast, Calcium Phosphate, Rice Flour, Vegetable Glycerin, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Sunflower Oil, Lactic Acid (Vegetable Source), Carrageenan (Vegetable Source), Calcium Sulfate, Citric Acid, Enzymes, Annatto (for color), Xanthan Gum, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate.
As well as the shredded cheeses, I picked up some of their cheese slices. I was holding out hope that these were going to save this review because I don’t actually like giving bad reviews. The first pack I tried was the pepperjack cheese. I used to love Monterey jack cheese before I was vegan so I was pretty excited. The cheese had a great texture, a medium thickness and had the same firmness as cheddar slices. I found the cheese to be spicy, savoury, creamy in the mouth and delicious. It makes an amazing addition to a burger and you can also break it up and melt it. I fell in love with this product and would happily hand over £3.29 for the ten slice pack.
Ingredients: Filtered Water, Coconut Oil, Modified Food Starch, Potato Starch, Sea Salt, Green Jalapeño Peppers, Red Bell Peppers, Natural Flavour (Plant Sources), Olive Extract.
The second pack of slices and the last cheese product I picked up was the smoked gouda slices, gouda being another previous favourite of mine. They had the same great texture and I was blown away by the strength of the smoke flavour. I’ve had some really weak flavoured smoked products before but this was impressive. It’s also great on a burger, in a sandwich or melted. Melted on toast was probably my favourite way to eat it, or (don’t tell anyone!) straight from the packet. Delicious! I paid £3.29 for the ten slice pack.
Ingredients: Filtered Water, Coconut Oil, Modified Food Starch, Potato Starch, Sea Salt, Natural Smoke Flavour (Plant Sources), Natural Flavour (Plant Sources), Olive Extract.
The last product I picked up was one of their mayonnaise, the sriracha version. I love spicy things like this and was not disappointed, the flavour really packs a punch. The consistency is good, if not just slightly too thin. I enjoyed it on top of burgers and used to it make spicy, creamy cheese sauces but other than a dip for potato products I can’t think of much else to do with it. Maybe that’s a lack of imagination on my part. I paid £4.19 for the 340g jar and while I loved it, I am not sure I’d buy it again. I would like to try some more of their mayonnaise and dressings.
Ingredients: Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Red Jalapeño Puree, Filtered Water, White Wine Vinegar, Organic Vegan Cane Sugar, Garlic, Brown Rice Syrup, Pea Protein, Sea Salt, Mustard Flour, Lemon Juice Concentrate.
Hope your new year is off to a great start.