“ Brand: Cathedral City / Type: Cheese „
Me and my husband both have a certain loathing for grating cheese, and always try and make each other do it, so we decided to try this to see if it would bring us some sweet relief from the grater.
We are veggies so we do use a fair amount of cheese, so I thought a 200g bag of grated cheese would be easily enough for a week, and at £2.20 I thought it should be.
It did last the week, and I have to say it was probably one of the best weeks of our lives, not having to do such a mundane time consuming task as grating cheese meant we were free to do so many other things like ......chop vegetables!
The cheese comes in a resealable bag, and really is very handy.
However I feel there are two things that mainly let this product down. One is the price and two is the quality of the actual cheese. The price is quite expensive. This is an expensive brand of cheese, but you do seem to pay more for the luxury of having it already grated, (which at the time I thought would be worth it). Which leads me to the second bad point, the quality. You don't get the same quality of cheese as you do in the block.
The taste of this cheese is ok, but it doesn't seem to be as good as the blocks, it is also extremely dry and almost powdery in texture, it doesn't look at all how ours does when we grate an actual block of cheese. I know there must be something added to it to keep it fresh but it really seemed sub standard quality to the blocks.
So the war of grating will continue in our house, this has not solved our problem of who's turn is it to grate, I see this product and can only dream of a day when there is a packet of grated cheese which is of the same standard as a block. Until that day I will continue to pretend to be hard of hearing when I am asked if I will grate some cheese.
Cathedral City Grated Cheddar has been on offer quite a lot in both Tesco and Morissons in the last few months. I'm quite pleased as I do love this brand of cheese, and it's often been so low priced on offer that it's been cheaper to buy than the value brands! Presently a 200g pack of this stuff is available in Tesco for £2.20, which is a perfectly reasonable price for a packet of ready grated cheese of this quality. Better still, Tesco are presently offering 2 packets for £3, which works out at just £1.50 per packet.
I know that buying ready grated cheddar is a little lazy, but it's not just the grating process you have to consider here. There's the having to wash the grater up afterwards too you know. Hence why I'm such a big fan of the pre-grated stuff - so that all I'm left with to wash up after making myself a sandwich is a knife.
I also really like the convenient packaging that this stuff comes in, as it includes a resealable tab (that actually works) which you can use to keep your cheese fresh after opening, without having to transfer it into another container. That's another bit of washing up saved right there.
The taste of this cheese is the same as you'd expect from a block of standard Catherdral City Cheddar. It's rich, it's thick and really very creamy and buttery too. There's a stronger after taste with this cheese than I find I get with other, cheaper cheeses, and yet the flavour doesn't appear to be any stronger or more mature at first bite.
I really love this brand of cheese in general, and am glad for the convenience of the pre-packaged variety too. This product is reasonably priced, tasty, easy to use and has a really nice texture too. I highly recommend it.
Cathedral City Mature Cheddar
This is only my second review of a product of the week. I generally find that the product of the week is not something that I use. As I am very fond of strong cheese I am able to review this weeks "Product of the week".
I have used my standar rating guide of 1 - 5. 1 being poor 5 being excellent.
Below are my thoughts.
I actually have only been eating cheese for around 7 years and to be honest even now my palate is somewhat limited mainly to "hard" Cheese. One of my favourite types is cheese is mature and extra mature.
The cheese is produced from a 25 year old recipe from Davidstow in Cornwall. Ironically it has neither city status nor a cathedral. Dairy Crest bought the brand from Mendip Foods Ltd in 1995. They have re-invented the cheese several times with good success. Its a extremely popular cheese in the mature bracket.
The packaging is instantly recognisible. The colours are bold and striking, its hard to miss when alongside other similar types of cheese on a supermarket shelf.
Like most quality cheese nowadays it comes in a re-sealable packet. To open simply cut along the dotted line, re-sealing is simple, just push together the two strips. This forms an air tight package. This is very important for keeping the cheese fresher for longer, avoiding costly wastage and also the cheese drying out and cracking.
Taste and Texture
As I stated earlier my palate for cheese is mostly for hard mature cheddars. This certainley is one of my favourites. The taste is rich and strong without overpowering your taste buds. Its lasts on the palate just long enough to give you the full flavour without leaving an after taste. The smell of is rich and inviting, again not overpowering at all, its a lighter colour than you would normally expect for a mature cheese. This does not detract at all from the overall quality of the cheese.
The texture is smooth and creamy, it does not crumble and maintains its shape when sliced.
Well of course this can vary from shop to shop and indeed day to day. Normally it can be found for around £8 per Kilo. This is a fair price for a cheese of this quality. I also find with this brand that if you shop around you can usually get 2 for 1 or a similar standard of offer.
Below is a couple of quick recipe for you to try.
Cheese & Tuna Melt - Serves: 2
1 x 200g can tuna, drained and flaked
1 x tablespoon of mayonnaise
2 slices of bread - white or wholemeal
100g Cathedral City Mature grated
1. Pre heat the grill on high. Mix the tuna, mayonnaise, salt and pepper together.
2. Grill one side of the bread for around two minutes or until it's golden.
2. Cover the un-toasted side of the bread with the tuna mix, and top with the grated cheese.
3. Place the toast back under the grill until the cheese has melted .
Typical per 100g Seving
Of which sugars: 0.1g
Calcium: 92.5% RDA
**Suitable for Vegiterians**
As with almost all normal cheeses, (by normal I mean not reduced in fat) it has a fairly high fat content. Eaten in moderation its fine, the same as most things of this nature. It does however have a superb calcium content, with 100g giving you almost all your RDA.
Cathedral City is a fine cheese. It does not claim to be anything that it isnt. The taste is very pleasent, its strong enough to know you have eaten it, without leaving an after taste. The smell agian is just enough to let you know its there without burning your nasal hairs away! Its colour is a little dissapointing but again its only a small criticism.
Its a versitile cheese, good as a quick snack for adults and children alike or great as part of a main meal.
There really isn't to much wrong with this cheese. I strongly recommend this cheese to all cheese lovers!
Overall rating: 4/5
Yum, cheese. I love cheese and my absolute favourite cheddar has to be Cathedral City. Cathedral City is manufactured by Dairy Crest. According to the packet it is the UK's favourite Cheddar brand. I don't dispute this as when I mention Cathedral City to people their reaction is always the same, "oh, I love that Cheese!" Cathedral City comes in a number of different varities but my favourite is the mature yet mellow cheddar which is matured over many months for a stronger, distinctive flavour. I usually buy the big block of cheese but for the ultimate in convenience I also buy the Cathedral City grated mature yet mellow cheddar. I say that it's the ultimate in convenience because it's not that hard to grate cheese but I love the fact that it is already done for you in this handy pack. Hey, it saves me time when I want to put some grated cheese on my jacket potato or on top of my Shepherds Pie and also saves on the washing up! In fact, they actually show a picture of a yummy looking jacket potato on the front of the packet probably to get you to buy this cheese and it looks so lovely.
I would definitely agree that it is mellow. I don't really like sharp cheeses so I'm glad this is not like that. In fact I find it really rather creamy and it really does melt in your mouth when you take a bite. It's not very overpowering either and over cheesy which I find off putting. The cheese is grated in rather large chunky pieces which are not too thin which I really like as it gives whatever food you are putting it on a nice texture.
What I like about this packet is that it is resealable too and easy to open so you don't have to worry about storing the cheese in another packet once you have opened it.
I generally buy the grated cheese in a 200g pack which costs £2.06 from supermarkets. The sell by date on the most recent pack I bought was 23/02/2010 so it does last a while but in our house it is generally gone in a week and the packet does say that you should consume within 7 days of opening. Now a 200g pack contains 838 calories. We all know that cheese is quite a fattening product so you shouldn't really eat a ton in one sitting. However I believe the health benefits outweigh the calories as cheese is high in calcium, something we all need for healthy bones.
The website is definitely worth a look. You can find this at www.cathedralcity.co.uk. On there they have a great little section with lots of recipe suggestions. All in all a great cheese in a handy grated form, the ultimate in convenience food!
I have a little cheese monster living in my house. Just the mention of food now seems to elicit the response "can I have grated cheese with that?" closely followed by "and can I grate the cheese myself?". The answer to the first question is often "yes" but, much to my son's disgust the answer to the second is "no" (at least not until I invest in one of those auto-graters that won't take off a 3 year olds fingers!). In an attempt at compromise I purchased a couple of packs of Cathedral City's grated cheddar when it was on offer in the hope that satisfaction would be gained in just sprinkling the pre-grated cheese!
I've bought ready grated cheese in the past, generally when entertaining to save on the work load, and, to be honest, it's been fine. I was somewhat surprised, therefore, when I opened the Cathedral City packet.
Rather than appearing grated the cheese looks like it's been chopped with cuboid strips of cheese forming the bulk of the content (the rest being made up of cheese crumbs). It looks very dry and doesn't have that freshly grated moistness. This dryness translates to the taste of the cheese and its texture in the mouth. The cheese is quite hard and has a real floury feel to it. I guess this means that it doesn't stick together in the packet (imagine squashing fresh grated cheese and what a lump it would go into) but it's rather unattractive in the mouth.
The taste is fairly well rounded with a firm flavour. It's not as strong as I imagined - I'd classify this as a medium cheddar rather than a mature. My son enjoys it though.
Before buying this I think that you need to think carefully about the use to which you are going to put the cheese. To go on top of a jacket potato it's probably OK. My son loves putting it on top of pasta (and to be honest this probably works better for him than fresh grated as he doesn't like it to melt too much - being bigger pieces the Cathedral City will take longer to melt) and I suspect as chunks in a dry tossed salad it would work well. If you were using it in a sandwich or to aid quick melting somewhere then I'd advise against the Cathedral City as the texture is wrong for the former and you won't save any time on the latter as the melt time is longer.
Compared to store own brands (Morrisons and Waitrose) and to other commercial brands such as Dairylea this grated cheese doesn't come up to scratch. The only advantage of this bag over many of the store own bags that I've seen is that it is resealable and the reseal actually works. There's still a note to say that you should use it within 3 days of opening but does anyone actually pay attention to that?!
Retailing at around £2 for 200g I don't think it offers particularly good value. I also think that being chunkier you use more than you would if you grated it yourself as a handful actually weighs more!
I got 2 bags of grated Cathedral City because it was on Buy One Get One Free in Tesco last week and the problem is that even though Cathedral City is our fave cheese in this house none of us really like this ready grated stuff!
It comes in resealable bags but the sealing strip doesn't work that well so we ended up putting it into a container in the fridge instead to make sure it stayed fresh.
It's not really grated though and the cheese is just chopped into small long pieces that look roughly grated but aren't. I like using grated cheese for cheese on toast because I think it melts a lot better but this didn't melt good like grated cheese and is just like when you use the last bit of a block of cheese and end up with loads of crumbs of cheese on your toast.
The chopped up bits of cheese meant that the Cathedral City didn't taste as creamy as cheese off the block. It's still a nice tasting mature cheese but it's not got exactly the same taste to me and I reckon that has got to be down to the grating process because surely they must use the same cheese???
It's not much good for cheese sandwiches either because the little pieces of cheese just fall off the bread, not like proper grated cheese that works it's way all in together and manages to stick to the buttered bread.
I definately won't buy this cheese again because I'd rather buy the normal block of Cathedral City and grate it myself because at least then I know what I'm getting.
***Cathedral City Grated Cheese***
If I am being honest I bought this cheese because it was on special offer - buy one get one free. I like the other Cathedral City Mature Cheddar Cheeses so I thought I would give it a go.
***What's it Like?***
This cheese comes in a handy little pouch, it is 200g in size, though the novelty here is that it is grated and the pouch is resealable.
The packaging is the familiar brown colour and there is a nice picture of a jacket potato with plenty of cheese on it, on the front.
The best before date is roughly six weeks ahead, so if it is on offer, then it is perhaps worth stocking up.
It contains 416 calories per 100g, (21.7g of which are saturated), so healthy it is not. Having said this it is not a bad source of calcium.
It claims to be mature, yet mellow and recommends that the packet is consumed within 3 days of opening.
It is produced by Dairy Crest and is suitable for vegetarians.
I had mixed feelings about this cheese. The first thing to say is that I struggled a bit with the resealable part. I ended up using scissors to open it up and completely messed it up. The second time, I realized it was as simple as just pulling up the top of the pouch, then tearing off a sticky strip, so that resealing is actually quite easy. I did this and yes, it did stay sealed and fresh.
The cheese itself does have a nice tangy, taste to it. In comparison to some of the other cheddars I have tried, I would say it is a baby, there are stronger cheeses out there, but my children do like this one, as it is not too strong for them - it is a good all rounder.
However, all is not good, the texture of the cheese itself has quite a hard, unattractive, floury feel to it, and in no way compares to the soft light texture you would get, if you grated it freshly. For some strange reason, it also seems to get used more quickly and so you are then onto your next packet!
If you are using it for cheese on toast or a jacket potato, then the convenience is useful, but for a sandwich, crackers or a salad, then I would say no, as the texture puts me off. I would rather use some elbow grease and grate my own!
If this is on offer again, then I will buy it because it is not a total loss, but otherwise I shall stick to the hard block type. I am not saying this as a criticism directed solely at Cathedral City; I think a lot of pre prepared grated cheese have this unattractive texture.
I have seen it mainly in Tesco, where it is ordinarily priced at £1.99. (The same price as the block)