When I heard that Sainsbury’s had brought out a range of vegan cheese, I was SUPER excited to try them. Up until that point, the only vegan cheese that I had eaten was Violife which was just plasticky and tasted of nothing.
I decided to order four different FreeFrom cheeses from Sainsbury’s in my last grocery shop:
- Sainsbury’s Deliciously FreeFrom Cheddar-Style Coconut-Based Alternative To Cheese (200g)
- Sainsbury’s Deliciously FreeFrom Cheddar Style With Onion Coconut-Based Alternative To Cheese (200g)
- Sainsbury’s Deliciously FreeFrom Greek-Style Coconut-Based Alternative To Cheese (200g)
- Sainsbury’s Deliciously FreeFrom Garlic & Herb Coconut-Based Alternative To Soft Cheese (170g)
I will reviewing all four of these separately in a little mini-series, but let’s kick things off with the Cheddar-Style one first!
Sainsbury’s Deliciously FreeFrom Cheddar-Style Coconut-Based Alternative To Cheese (200g)
First, let’s look at the packaging. It comes in a square, plastic package with a peel-and-reseal lid, which is a nice touch. You can view the nutritional information guide on the bottom but the full list is on the back, or you can view this on the Sainsbury’s website.
It does also mention on the pack that once opened it will need to be consumed within 10 days. Seeing as the pack isn’t too huge, this shouldn’t be an issue, though it would depend on how often you eat it.
Initially, when you first open the packet, the smell is very overwhelming. It is very strong and I personally didn’t like it. Thankfully, with the resealable lid, it shouldn’t cause everything in your fridge to smell like it. Personally I prefer mild cheeses so perhaps those who like strong cheeses wouldn’t mind such a strong smell, but for me it put me off a bit. If I compare this to the only other vegan cheese that I’ve tried (Violife), it is much stronger in smell to that. In terms of how it looks, it just looks like a crumbly cheese. My non-vegan husband took a look and thought it looked disgusting, but I didn’t think it looked that bad.
Texture & Taste
Next, the texture. It is very crumbly and a bit of a bugger to cut long slices of it, just because it breaks up so easily. Not really a huge issue but it’s something to mention. I imagine if you wanted to crumble over pasta, it’d be quite a nice feature. Again, if I compare this to the other vegan cheese I have tried (Violife), the texture is completely different. Violife is very plasticky, whereas this is very more like a crumbly cheese.
Finally, the taste. I’ll be blunt – I hated it. Considering that Sainsbury’s referred to this as ‘Deliciously FreeFrom’, I was disappointed to say the least. The taste of this on it’s own is awful, and I couldn’t put my finger on why until I read one of the reviews on the Sainsbury’s website saying that they thought it tasted like sick – and unfortunately I think they hit the nail on the head. I do, however, want to see what this tastes like melted in something like pasta, because it does have that crumbly texture. I’m hoping that melting it can change the taste of this, perhaps to make it less strong at the very least.
I am so glad that Sainsbury’s have this range of vegan cheese available for those who are still wanting a cheese alternative in their diet. That being said, I really don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this. In fact, unless I can find a way of making it taste better, it may end up in the bin pretty soon. I’m hugely disappointed that I didn’t like this, and I’m hoping that I’ll like one of the other four vegan cheese options that I’ve purchased.