“ Brand: Asda / Type: Cheese „
Lately I have been cooking an awful lot due to staying with my mate. I love coking and it's nice to have someone to cook for quite frankly and a kitchen I can run wild in lol!
I spotted this in Asda costing 47p a packet and thought that offered great value (providing it tasted ok of course lol).
White and green plastic packet and on the front of it I'm told that it is Asda 'Smart Price' Mozzarella 'A medium fat cheese' and then I am told that it is 125g in weight, that it is suitable for Vegetarians and the strength of the cheese is 1. Other information given on the back of the packet includes ingredients and allergy advice (contains milk), I'm given a meal idea and full nutritional rundown chart and storage advice is listed (Once opened used within one day and this is not suitable for freezing by the way), the best before date is clearly displayed and contact details for Asda are given. It's a cheap looking little packet but informative enough and easy enough to open etc.
The Cheese Itself:
I've had this a few times now as both me and my mate really like this! Sometimes I've opened the bag and it has had a little liquid in it which is off yellow coloured and so you have to be careful how you open the bag up and other times no liquid has been in it at all! What you get is a slightly rounded off white soft cheese which is quite moist. No smell is given off it and it's slightly rubbery in texture but still a whole and not one bit bitty or anything.
Taste wise this is really mild and milky cheese really. Not very seasoned it's just a really plain tasting cheese really! Use this on anything you wish to of course as it's so mild in flavour!
You can of course use it as I like to and that's place it on a pizza or in a salad, lasagna or moussaka. I personally would find this too rubbery in consistency and mild in flavour to eat in a sandwich or anything as boring as that but the best way of using this is to let it melt over foods to add delicate flavour and also when it melts it sort of goes gooey and looks nice as it stays in a piece if you know what I mean and doesn't appear greasy or taste it either!
I have tried other mozzarella's before and to me not only is this usually a damn sight cheaper but it tastes and looks just as good as most of them! Great stuff from Asda from the 'Smart Price' range and it's something I really shall continue buying time and time again in confidence that it's a quality product it's only a shame it comes in cheap looking packaging as some people may be put off from trying it!
Nutritional Information Per 100g:
Energy: 219 Kcal
of which sugars: 1.5g
of which saturates: 10.6g
equivalent as salt: 0.3g
Only available in Asda stores costing 47p
Asda Smart Price Mozzarella
Description: Manufacturer: Asda / Food Type: Cheese
Those who have read some of my earlier reviews (thank you so much, I really appreciate all reads, rates and coments!) will know that like so many of us, I ate and drink too much over the festive season and as a result, am now trying to eat healthily in order to lose a few pounds and also, feel less sluggish. Part of this healthy eating regime means replacing junk food with healthy snacks.
This weekend, Mr Siamese and I were celebrating my birthday and so put the diet on hold for a couple of days! One of my favourite lunches is bruscetta so we made some with pesto, parma ham and mozzarella cheese. These are really easy to prepare, simply slice french bread, spread both sides with pesto sauce and put slices of mozzarella cheese and the parma ham on top. You can also add chopped sun dried tomatoes or olives if you wish. Then pop into a preheated oven for around ten minutes (keep an eye on them as they don't take very long), serve and enjoy! These are great with a little fresh basil on the top too.
I love the Asda Smartprice range which allows me to save cash by not spending extra on fancy packaging and wrappings. The packaging gets chucked in the bin anyway so why pay more for it. There are loads of really good quality products in the range and while there may be some which are disappointing, there are also heaps which are really good quality and excellent value for money.
A 120g ball of this cheese cost me just £0.46 and like all items in the range, comes in plain white packaging with green writing. Inside the plastic bag, the mozzarella is contained in liquid which keeps it soft and moist.
This cheese is a definite success, it is firm and yet pliable and has a lovely taste, which is exactly like any other mozzarella that I have tried. I genuinely couldn't tell the difference between this and any other brand, so can see no reason to spend extra on it!
If you are a fan of mozzarella cheese then you should definitely give this brand a try. I almost always use it in cooking, or as a simple salad with tomatoes, olive oil, basil and a sprinkle of black pepper and find that this cheese is fabulously versatile and tasty. For the price, you simply cannot go wrong!
A couple of weeks ago I made pizza with my 2 little sisters and we used this Smart Price Mozzarella from Asda because this was the one that was in the fridge. It's only 47p for a 120g ball of cheese so that's a brill price considering it's EXACTLY the same as any other Mozzarella I've used!
It comes in a thick plastic pack and there is a bit of briney water in there to keep the cheese moist, I drained it off and could smell the Mozzarella straight away.
It slices nice so you can easy get thin or thick slices depending on how much cheese you like on your pizza. When it's cooked it goes nice and stretchy so that when we cut the pizza into slices we got the strings of cheese like you get from any pizza where there's a lot of cheese on it.
I think it's got a nice smooth flavour that is creamy and delish, I love the faint saltiness of it and the way it tastes rich but delicate at the same time. It went with the tomato ketchup and pizza toppings just as good as more expensive mozzarella and like I said when it cooks it stretches out and looks and tastes delish.
It's got a squeaky feel to it when it's cold and smells proper milky, I had some melted onto a pitta bread last night to use the rest of the mozzarella up and that was yummy too. I grilled that and it went lovely and bubbly with a nice browned look, the cheese feels dead fresh and clean while you're eating it and I just think it's a massive bargain!
I don't know why people still buy the expensive mozzarella when you can get this for less than 50p. This ball did 3 smallish pizzas and also the pitta bread yesterday so that cut down the cost of making our own pizza big time.
Recommended.... why pay more???