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The $6 Cheese

Let’s say you went to the grocery store and the only shredded cheese they had cost $6. Would you buy it? As an allergy parent spending that much on a bag of special cheese is normal. Spending that much more on an allergy free version of anything is normal. It’s a huge shock at first, especially to the bank account. You get use to it.

Tinleigh is dairy free, but can eat some of the things Gage couldn’t because she doesn’t have all the same allergies. This cheese happens to have pea protein in it, Gage is very allergic to pea.

I have known about this cheese for about a year. I have avoided buying it though because it costs $6. I didn’t want to buy it for a baby who may not like it. I finally bit the bullet. Tinleigh’s getting board with her meals. Time to venture into the world of fake cheese.


I first let her try it straight out of the bag and she loved it.

Then I warmed some up on a few crackers, still loved it.

Today we tried a grilled “cheese” sandwich.


Tinleigh can eat most any bread as long as it doesn’t have soy flour in it. We use Smart Balance light for her butter, dairy free. Then of course the $6 cheese.


First nibble wasn’t bad


Second nibble made me laugh


Then she tried to give it back


Nope! She was just kidding.

She didn’t eat a lot of it, but it’s another option I will try again!

She will eat the entire bag of $6 cheese.

January 23, 2013 - Posted by | LIVING, Tinleigh's allergies | , , ,


  1. Love daiya!!! Wyatt feels so special that he gets to have “his” cheese. They even make block cheese now which is helpful. They don’t sell it in Evansville, but I can get it in Bloomington. Wyatt likes the white better than the cheddar too. Yay Tinleigh!


    Comment by Melody | January 23, 2013 | Reply

  2. Just a side note, since I have a son who has a SEVERE dairy allergy… we use Earth Balance butter, which is plant-based. We used to use the Smart Balance, but switched for several reasons. Our primary reason was because the Earth Balance tastes and acts like real butter. I just never felt very comfortable with the Smart Balance and the way it never even melted.

    Be thankful you have Daiya cheese where you are. We only have Follow Your Heart, which is a great vegan cheese, but our local store only has mozzarella blocks. Would love to have a shredded option that tasted decent.

    I feel like I’m coming in on the middle of a conversation, so I’ll stop now. Would love to converse with you further, if possible. I’m about to try sauerkraut on my little guy (not sure of all the details) to see if I can cure his allergies. (He’s also impossibly allergic to eggs.)



    Comment by hrt4desh | July 19, 2013 | Reply

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