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Gary M. Thomas
Feb 28th, 2006, 02:37 PM
Is anyone familiar with "Melissa's Soy Slices"?

I was reading yesterday on the Internet that this non-dairy cheese substitute has a great flavour, and melts just like real cheese.

So, I was wondering if any of ya'll have tried it, and what your opinion was.

Now, if I can just find a store in my area that sells it. :confused:

ConsciousCuisine
Feb 28th, 2006, 03:11 PM
I believe there is casein, a milk protein in them; If casein appears on the label, then it contains milk derivatives and is not vegan.

Gary M. Thomas
Mar 1st, 2006, 02:22 PM
Thanks so much for the reply. :)

I have not been able to locate a list of the ingredients for Melissa's Soy Slices anywhere. I sent an E-mail to the company... asking if the product contained any milk products (especially Casein).

Also... there doesn't appear to be any stores in coastal South Carolina who've ever even heard of Melissa's Soy Slices... much less having it in stock. And, I really hate to order it from the company online (ya' gotta purchase three 8 ounces packs at a time, at a cost of $ 22.30), without trying it first. Guess I will wait to hear back from the E-mail.

Thanks again for the reply, ConsciousCuisine... I really appreciate it.

Gary

Gary M. Thomas
Mar 1st, 2006, 08:36 PM
:) Well ConsciousCuisine, you were absolutely correct.

Here is an E-mail I just received from them.......
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Hello Gary,

Thank you for e-mailing Melissa's in regards to our Soy Slices.

Unfortunately, our Soy Slices are not vegan. They do contain caseinate (that is the ingredient which helps them melt). Our Soy Shreds and Soy Chunks also contain this ingredient.

We wish you well in your quest to eliminate dairy from you diet. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

Sincerely,

Lori Hirai
Melissa's/World Variety Produce, Inc.
800-588-0151
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So, I guess I will continue my search for the perfect "Vegan" cheese substitute.

And, I will through this thread:

http://www.veganforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=357 (http://www.veganforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=357)

Thanks again for your kind help.

Gary

Wildflower
Apr 17th, 2006, 07:25 PM
When I was vegetarian, I used to purchase soy chorizo from Melissa's which was very good. I have since moved and haven't seen it here.

That sucks the cheese isn't vegan!

Unseen
Apr 23rd, 2006, 12:03 AM
Why do they even bother with non-dairy cheese when they put dairy in it? I guess it's for people who are allergic to lactose... ?

Tigerlily
Apr 23rd, 2006, 01:45 AM
Why do they even bother with non-dairy cheese when they put dairy in it? I guess it's for people who are allergic to lactose... ?
Yeah most likely. I know a lot of people who are trying to watch their weight eat soy cheese too, as it's lower in fat, I think.