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It’s important to use the optimum amounts of Daiya for best performance. You don’t typically need as much Daiya as you would dairy cheese, especially when making dishes like pizza, casseroles or sauces. If you’re new to our products, check out our recipes page for ideas about how much Daiya you should use.
If you’re using our shreds to make homemade pizza, below are our recommendations.
10 inch = 4 oz (110 grams)
12 inch = 5.5 oz (160 grams)
14 inch = 7.5 oz (220 grams)
16 inch = 10 oz (280 grams)
18 inch = 12.5 oz (358 grams)
For best results when using as a topping, such as the top layer of a lasagna, add Daiya in the last 5 – 10 minutes (depending on temperature). This will yield smooth melting properties without excessive browning. Our shreds sometimes may not look melted because they hold their shape better than melted dairy cheese. If you want to double check, you can run a fork or knife through the shreds.
The shreds are designed for melting, which makes them great for use on pizza, in casseroles and sauces. For recipe ideas using Daiya Shreds, be sure to check out the recipes section on our website.
Unlike the shreds, the blocks were designed to be eaten cold or melted. You can use the blocks just as you would use dairy cheese: cube it, slice it or shred it.
Like the blocks, the slices can be eaten cold or melted and can be used in the same way as dairy cheese. They are perfect for jazzing up a sandwich or for melting on cheeseburgers.
You can use the Cream Cheese Style Spreads just as you would use a dairy cream cheese. On a bagel, in appetizers or dips, or your favorite cheesecake recipe. The possibilities are endless!
The crust is burnt…
Because each oven cooks differently, it’s important to keep an eye on the pizza the first time baking it in your oven. If you find that the edges begin to burn before the rest of the pizza crisps up, we recommend lowering the baking temperature by 50 degrees F. When lowering the temperature, you may need to leave it in the oven a few minutes longer to ensure that the crust is crispy.
The crust is soggy…
When baking a Daiya pizza, it is important to place it on a pizza stone or pan that is already hot. If you still find that the crust isn’t crispy enough, we recommend cooking the pizza for a longer period of time. If cooking longer, you may need to lower the temperature by 50 degrees F to prevent the edges from burning.
The outer edges are burnt, but the middle isn’t cooked enough…
If you find that the edges of the pizza are burning before the rest of the crust is cooked enough, you’ll need to lower the oven temperature and bake the pizza longer. We recommend starting by lowering the oven temperature by 50 degrees F and baking 5-10 minutes longer. Due to temperature variability with different ovens, we recommend checking the pizza regularly to prevent it from burning.