“ Cheese „
If you have tried low fat cheddar cheese, like myself you will probably be familiar with the scenario of rubbery texture, nominal taste and cheese that JUST WON'T MELT!
Being a health conscious cheese lover it was my dream to find a cheese that tasted great but had reduced amounts of calories and fat.
I first tried this cheese when it was on offer in my local Asda and it has been in my trolley ever since.
This cheese comes in a 400g block. I am not sure if a smaller 200g is also available but I do know that I have only ever seen the 400g in my local supermarkets.
The packaging is dark red. It is a resealable pack. You cut across the top to open then the pack can be resealed. This pack keeps the cheese really fresh, so for those of you who usually buy a smaller block of cheese don't need to worry that this cheese will go off before you finish the block.
Upon opening the packet, the cheese is fairly pale but other than this looks just like normal cheddar. This cheese cuts and grates really well. Occasionally the cheese will crack slightly but who needs perfectly sliced cheese anyway!
Now on to the important stuff... The taste! This cheese has a lovely mature taste. In my opinion it is not as strong as some other mature cheeses I have tasted but it is strong enough for me.
Unlike many other low fat cheeses that I have tried, this cheese melts well and browns on top. It is therefore great for cheese on toast or for use in cooking.
This cheese can be pricey, costing up to £4 for 400g. I keep an eye out for offers as it is frequently on offer in my local Asda. I then stock up and with the long use by dates this isn't a problem.
This cheese contains 30% less fat than cathedral city's standard cheddar. Perfect for those watching their weight or trying to reduce fat intake.
Thanks for reading/rating and I hope you found my review useful.
Now I have to say when I first started eating Cathedral City cheese it was many years ago and it wasn't advertised on television. Now it has become very popular and they have more products one of them being Cathedral City mature lighter.
Dairy Crest bought the brand from Mendip Foods in 1995 and in 2007 Dairy Crest advertised it as 'The Big Cheese Tease' . From 2009 Cathedral City cheese is advertised as 'Mature but Mellow'
Cathedral City cheese is nice it is not too strong it cuts nice, without crumbling and is firm (meaning it doesn't end up bending when you are cutting lots). So is the lighter just as good?
Well it is not as yellow as the ordinary one and it doesn't feel as firm although it doesn't bend or crumble. But it is a tiny bit flaky (the only way I can describe it). It isn't quite as good.
It tastes fine on a sandwich but I have yet to find a cheese that is lower in fat etc that melts just as good as a full fat cheese. Guess what this is better than most but still not as good as full fat.
When I added some of this cheese on a pizza it was ok but I only added a little. When I made (well hubby did actually) cheese on toast it didn't melt as good. I find that with low fat cheeses when I make cheese on toast it kind of ends up with a bit of skin on top and this cheese is better but it still had a bit of skin rather than fully melting. So it may be better for me but it isn't as good for me.
The packet states full taste 30% less fat - but because it's less fat it isn't as creamy.
Per 100g this cheese has 311 calories in now most cheddars have 410 calories in per 100g. But full fat cathedral has 416
So would I recommend it yes for a sandwich or at a push on crackers but not to melt on toast.
I really cannot express in words how much I love cheese.. Unfortunately its not great for cholestoral and tends to add on unwanted pounds so I have to keep a close eye on myself...!
I discovered Cathedral City a few years ago and must admit I love the flavour and its probably my favourite cheese so imagine my delight when I discovered that they did a lighter version. I'm not sure how long its been out but I've been eating it for over a year now...
The fat content per 100g is 21.8g compared to its full fat brother which is 34.9g so its definitely lighter.. I tend to buy the 400g pack which is around £4.21 but you can get them on special offer which is either a BOGOF or 2 for £5.00. There are cheaper cheeses out there but I think its worth the extra...
The packaging comes in the usual resealable pack which I love as it keeps the cheese nice and fresh... all you have to do when you first open is cut along the edge and then the resealable edge is just below it.. having said that, although I've never had any problems with this before, my current pack seems really hard to open and close the seal...but I think I may just have a rogue pack!
As for the cheese, well I tend to grate it and it grates really well... I don't find it crumbly at all... I will also have it grilled on toast and the taste still comes through. Having said that its definitely stronger when you eat it as it comes and some of the taste is lost when its grilled... The consistency of the cheese is quite smooth...some could say it borders on rubbery but I actually like the consistency...
CATHEDRAL CITY MATURE CHEDDAR--LIGHTER.
Being a vegetarian, cheese plays quite a big part in my diet. I often opt for an extra mature cheese, especially for cooking but last week I brought Cathedral City Mature Lighter. The reason was the "Buy One Get One Free" offer in Tesco. I did wonder if I would need more cheese in recipes because it was not extra mature but this was not the case.
Cathedral City is made in the West Country and is slowly matured.
I got two 400g blocks of cheese for £3.93. Bargain!! But I was a bit dubious about it not being extra mature and lighter.
The cheese comes in a resealable "stay fresh" pack, which I really like, it is a dark red colour and has the cathedral logo on the front with the words Cathedral City Mature yet mellow, Lighter. On the back of the packet there is the nutritional information, no real ingredients are stated except it does say :-contains milk. It is suitable for vegetarians and has 30% less fat than regular cheddar cheese. A lot of the packet seems to be taken up with a competition advert.
The cheese is a light yellow colour and does have quite a strong smell. The cheese slices reasonably well but does tend to crack and break. The flavour is no where near as strong as the extra mature cheese but it is nice and tasty and does have quite a tang to it.
I can not say I really noticed any difference with it being a lighter cheese except it seems slightly drier.
To prove itself though this cheese had to produce a good flavour when used in cooking and I was pleased to say it did. I have made cheese sauce, cheesy mash and cheese scones to name a few and the cheese was good in all of them. Although it doesn't have the flavour that extra mature has it does have enough flavour to give a good cheesy taste.
I would buy this again especially if it is on offer or if I was cutting calories.
On offer at the moment
Nice and tasty
Does not have the depth of flavour that extra mature cheese has.
Having enjoyed the normal Cathedral City cheddar in the past, I was keen to try out this 'lighter' version, as it promised 'full taste' despite having '30% less fat'. What's not to like about that? Well, the price for one thing- at just over £4 for 400g, it was a lot more expensive than the own-brand cheddar that I usually buy. But I figured it would be worth trying it anyway, if only as a one off, to see if a low fat version really could be as good as ordinary cheese.
At 400g, you get quite a slab of cheddar for your money, and as far as know, this is the only size that you can get this 'lighter' version in. This means you'd be hard pressed to finish the slab within the recommended 7 days, and if you were going to stick to this guideline, you'd have to get through a considerable amount of cheese each day- not great if you're weight conscious, which presumably you would be to buy this in the first place! Still, I found that this cheese was still fresh after a few weeks, thanks to the resealable pack it comes in, so it's one of those products where you don't need to stick to the 'best before' guidelines, but rather go with the use by date, which is usually a good month or two ahead.
Appearance wise, this cheese looks virtually the same as most cheddars- the only difference is that it's slightly paler, and not really shiny. It smells great though- as strong and powerful as you'd expect from a mature cheddar. Cutting into it, the knife glides through the cheese, leaving a smooth, clean edge.
The best thing about this cheese is that it lives up to its claim- it tastes delicious. It's full of flavour, yet still mellow and not sharp at all, just nicely mature. In this sense, it's worth shelling out for, as own-brand cheeses just don't have the same richness to them. There is, however, one slight problem with this cheese (there had to be a catch, didn't there?!)- its low fat content does change its consistency a little. It lacks the thick creaminess of ordinary cheddar, and this is particularly problematic when you grill it. Making cheese on toast, the cheese doesn't go particularly gloopy, but rather turns into thin bubbles which tend to catch slightly, impairing the flavour. Melting into cooking, however, the texture doesn't matter so much, and you get all the flavour you could want.
Overall, I'd give the flavour of this cheese full marks- it really is as good as you could hope for. The texture lets it down a bit, however, as does the inconvenient size of the slab. I don't think I'll be shelling out for this again, as I'd rather stick to eating less of the full fat version, for a lower price.
I love cheese as much as Wallace's Grommit does, lol!!
I love it in sandwiches and on spaghetti bolognaise and toasted and so on :)
It is great as a snack or part of a meal and it's even better if it is grated and ready done to save you messing about with the cheese grater...
This Cathedral City Lighter we bout from Morrisons for only £1.39 on offer for a ready made bag of 200g. This isn't as cheap as grating your own but is great for convenience.
The cheese comes in a resealable bag which is a really cool idea as it keeps it fresh in the ridge and from drying out or absorbing any stronger odours than may be in there.
The plastic pack is a dark orangey brown and has a cathedral logo on the front and says: 'grated mature yet mellow' to describe the flavour of the product.
There is 30% less fat which is why we buy it and it does say full taste despite being lower in fat and it really is!
The flavour is really rich and strong and smells lovely when you open the pack. The pieces are grated quite big and seem to keep moist because of this...
The pack says to eat within seven days of opening and is suitable for vegetarians.
It is made in the West Country and slowly matured to produce a smooth and well rounded flavour which it really does!
The calories are 314 per 100g with 27.9g of protein and 21.3 g of fat and has potato starch added as well.
I think this is the best cheese there is and it tastes awesome and proves something doesn't have to be full fat to deliver full taste! There is usually at least a month use by date on it as well which is good.
Five stars from me, I love it, love it, love it -it's the best out there!
Last night i had a real hankering for a midnight snack so i slinked downstairs to the fridge to make myself a ham roll. Took the butter out and buttered a generous portion of french stick, went back to the fridge and only then realised that we didnt have any ham.
This is gonna call for a drastic reappraisal of the whole situation. Okay matt dont panic, we can get through this....AHA!!!! I'll melt some cheese over it i thought, the day has been saved!!!!
We usually have a sainsburys medium cheddar but had run out on this occasion so i reached for cathedral city, I dont mind mature but sometimes it can be a little on the strong side.
i put the grill on nice and high and shoved the bread and cheese in. After a few minutes i took them out and noticed that this cheese appears to melt well and there were some lovely deep brown patches on it.
Tucking in, my first impression was that this cheese was not stringy enough which is a shame. Taste wise it was OK, not too overpowering, but i do prefer sainsburys medium by a long way. I reckon its cheaper as well.
There claims to be 30% less fat than "regular cheddar", so i suppose that would be a good reason to try it and see if you like it.
The packet i bought (different from the above picture) contains 8 slices. Each slice is seperated by a little square of paper (abit uneccesary if you ask me), i guess to stop the cheese sticking together.
The pack weighs 160g (20g per slice for those who hate maths). It is a reddy orangey colour with the brand name and a picture of a cathedral on the front.
Each 100g contains:-
Calcium 960mg (120% RDA)
I didnt mind this cheese but probably will not be buying it again.
I have always loved cheese however when I eat it to much I feel ill as I find it to strong and plastic tasting, so therefore when I saw the Cathedral City adverts on the TV and the cheese looked scrummy and lighter than most cheese in colour I gave it a try and believe me it is not as strong as some cheeses and not plastic tasting like most cheese is. On my holiday abroad we were looking for cheese to have in sandwiches for dinner as we were on a budget and wanted to save our money for trips. When in the store all that was available was light to begin with I was uncertain about light cheese but bought it as it was either than or a plastic looking one after dinner my brother turned around to us and said that cheese was the best cheese ever and if you ever wanted a reason to buy this cheese then that is one very good reason as if you ever met my brother you would know that he thinks all light food that are in anyway reduced anything are horrible so that he liked it is a good thing plus its healthier and as everybody knows cheese can be bad for you. Whilst on a diet due to being a vegetarian cheese is like what I live on. Light cheese is great as you only get tiny tiny tiny little portions whilst on a diet.
The cheese is lovely it melts really well and lovely on cheese on toast just like in the advert. Anybody who likes Cathedral City already I think you should try this it is better than the normal version and anybody who has never tried Cathedral City the light is great so do not be put off by the fact that it is light.
This cheese is often on offer so look around I have seen it on offer in ASDA, Tescos and Morrisons so do not pay over the price for it. Sometimes 2 for £2 best deal I have ever seen.
Nutrition by 30g serving (to small trust I like loads of cheese)
of which Saturates 4.5g
Normal Cathedral City
Calories 125 kcal
of which Saturates 8.1g
I love cheese. Unfortunately eating too much of it can be quite fattening! When trying to reduce my fat intake I tried different low fat cheeses and to be honest they all tasted horrible. However Cathedral City Lighter is another matter. I really like the normal cheddar they produce so I thought I would try the lighter version and I was pleasantly surprised.
Cathedral City Lighter comes in a plastic red-brown covers that has a seal at the top (very handy). It looks just like the normal cheddar however it has the word 'Lighter' in blue under the main logo. The cheese itself is very high quality. It has a pale yellow colour and a nice firm consistency. It doesn't crumble away but it is smooth and easy to cut. As it has a mature flavour it tastes great and you don't need to eat as much. You can also get a bag of it pre-grated.
The nutrition contents are as follows:
(of which sugars) 0.1g
(of which saturates) 14.9g
The cheese contains 30% less fat compared to the normal one and you don't have to eat loads to get a good taste.
Finally the price, the only slight downside in my opinion. A 400g block will set you back £4 in Sainsbury's and a 200g bag of grated costs about £2. They do sometimes have offers for example Sainsbury's are doing the block for £3 at the moment however I find that Asda generally does it a lot cheaper. Personally though I think it is worth the extra cost for the good quality taste.
I've tried a number of 'low' fat cheese over the last year partly because my Dad's diabetic and every week they've been trying different reduced fat cheese's in the hope that one day they will find one that isn't 'rubbery' and 'grills' well. Although I was somewhat sceptical when I first tried this cheese this scepticism quickly turned to amazement ...it tastes just like their normal mature cheese. However, as expected it is alot more expensive than the standard mature cheese. If you shop around you can occasionally pick it up at a reduced price, we brought a 400g block for £3.95 at morrisons
Cathedral cheese is made by Dairy Crest in the westcountry (just down the road from where I live, apparently) Like the rest of their cheese the 'lighter' cheese comes in a helpful re-sealable packet. It comes in 200g and 400g size and if you prefer you can also buy it 'pre-grated' and 'sliced'
As most people know cheese is a good source of protein, I'm not sure why but the 'lighter' mature cheese contains 28.6g of protein per 100g compared to 25.4g in the 'normal' mature of the same amount. So in what you lose in fat content you gain in protein !?
Less Saturated Fat, less Calories
Cathedral states that this cheese contains 30% less fat. Per 100g the lighter cheese contains 21.8g of fat with 14.9g of this being saturated fat (the nasty stuff) The 'normal' mature cheese contains 34.9g of fat with 21.7 of this is saturated fat which is quite a difference. The 'lighter' will have 311 calories compared to 416 for the 'normal mature cheese.
Cheese is also a good source of calcium and therefore for your teeth, in 30g (size of a match box) of 'lighter' cheese you will find 288mg of it, which works out about 36% RDA. However if you do eat 100g you will comsume 120% of the RDA. Not sure what an overdose of calcium will do to you :-)
So, taking the above in consideration, together with the taste I would certainly recommend it to anyone who likes cheese but wants a 'low' fat verson. To find out more see www.trycathedrallighter.co.uk
Cheese lovers, prepare to be amazed! I know what you are thinking, because I know exactly what your experiences with low fat cheeses have been like, but you have to believe me, this one is SO, SO different. Prior to tasting this low fat cheese my experiences had ranged from cheeses that were a bit rubbery and a bit tasteless to something I wouldn't even feed to the dog. The only way I had ever been able to tolerate low fat cheese before was if it was melted, and that was nothing to write home about.
I love cheese, I could eat in morning, noon and night, but as we all know it doesn't do much for our hips and thighs. Being vegetarian, it's pretty much a staple food, so it's tough cutting down to tiny portions and limiting my intake.
The honest truth is, this cheese tastes better than many full fat cheeses I have tasted. it has a mature flavour and the texture is hardly different to the full fat version. It loses absolutely nothing, but the fat. This isn't an over exaggeration, it is delicious. Great as it is, or melted or used in baking or other dishes. I challenge all you cheese lovers to try it, even if you are not dieting or watching your fat intake. It's proper cheese, made in the heart of the West Country and matured slowly to give it it's well rounded and mature flavour.
A 200g pack costs £2.55 and comes in a handy re-sealable bag...so no messing around with bits of cling film etc. I have seen larger packs available and also a ready grated version. I have seen this cheese on buy one get one free at Morrisons.
The cheese has 30% less fat than standard cheddar. This isn't as low fat as some low fat cheeses, but it tastes so much better, you don't need to use as much. A 100g portion will give you 311 calories, 28.6 g protein and 21.8g of fat (14.9 g saturates)
My Other Half eats so much cheese it's unbelieveable. He won't eat the cheap stuff - but if i buy cathedral city cheese, its gone in a day.
Lets just say he's put on a bit of weight recently, and i do think it's simply because he eats so much cheese. So I saw this in my local supermarket, and thought to myself "lighter" ... that means less satuated fat, less calories etc? Must be better for you than the full fat extra mature cheddar he so loves.
Nutrition per 30g Serving:
(of which sat) 4.5g
Compared to his normal
in the extra mature normal cheddar.
So it is better for you in the long run - even if you are only saving a few calories and grams of saturated fat!
it tastes exactly the same as the normal extra mature cheddar. Creamy, rich taste which melted on toast is GORGEOUS.
it's not really heavy on your stomach either like the extra mature cheddar. It's not really overpowering, its a nice cheesy taste as you would expect. Some expensive cheeses do taste rubbery and fake like cheesestring - but this really doesn't. I was expecting it to, because of the whole "lighter" thing - but I was pleasantly suprised at how similar it is to the normal cheese.
You can't get away with it being "lighter" as it does have it printed in big letters on the front. So if you were doing an experiment like me - pop it into a clear plastic food bag and see what the other half thinks- mine didn't even notice there was a difference!
The packaging is the same as the normal cathedral city cheese - with splashes of blue throughout the front - makes it more noticeable! The packaging is strong, and does hold very well!
More often that not you will have deals on Cathedral City - simple because it is a little more expensive than other cheeses. But its worth it - all for the cheese on toast! My latest deal I had was 2x 400g for £2. Not bad eh?!
Good Cheese! Looks the same, tastes the same as the normal one - with less calories and saturated fat! So that can't be bad!
Get it while it's on offer is what I say!
I am Vegetarian. I'm also lazy and a bit greedy, so cheese has always been my favourite source of protein. Lets face it, lentils, chick peas and tofu haven't got the mmmmmmmme factor in quite the same way. Cheese is easier to cook with, and more widely available when eating out (pretty much every Veggie option in a pub features cheese, for example). So many lovely varieties, tastes and textures! Cheese is also very high in fat, of course.
I'm on a diet (sigh), and for a couple of weeks I cut cheese out completely - to be honest I managed fine and appreciated my tofu and so on all the more for it. However, some of the recipes I have on my plan (see my recent review of Tesco eDiets) include reduced fat cheese. I have had some nasty experiences with low fat cheese (which does seem to be a contradiction in terms) - the last pack I bought got thrown away almost untouched. One taste was enough to let me know that I'd rather have 'proper' cheese, maybe just a bit less of it.
"Cathedral City Mature yet Mellow Lighter" looks so much like the usual Cathedral City pack that I almost picked it up by mistake. It was on special offer in Tesco last week so I decided to give it a go. (The price is usually comparable with other Cathedral City cheese, at about £8 per kilo.)
As far as I am concerned, there are two issues with lower fat cheese:
1. Is it as good as my usual cheese (or at least nearly), and
2. Is it really better for me?
Unlike some other lower fat cheeses which really had very little in common with cheese, this one really tastes exactly like cheddar, very nice mature cheddar at that. It also melts like cheddar, so it is ideal for cooking, making very passable cheese on toast too. Some lower fat cheeses don't melt, because their fat content isn't high enough. For me this product has the added advantage of being locally produced, being as it is made in the Westcountry.
The packaging advertises that this Lighter cheese has "30% less fat...compared with standard cheddar". Fat content per 100g is 21.8g, still pretty high eh? Looking at a pack of delicious full fat Pilgrims Choice Medium Cheddar which I also have in my fridge, I can see that it has a fat content of 34.4g per 100g. I'm not going to do the maths but that looks to me like a reduction of more than 30% fat. So far so good. What of calories though? 100g of Cathedral City Lighter contains 311kcal, compared with 410kcal in Pilgrims Choice, representing (roughly) a 25% saving in calories too.
Whilst clearly not a super low fat diet product, Cathedral City Lighter represents a good balance between cutting fat and calories, whilst still tasting like cheese. It is one I will be enjoying in future, but sparingly!
I must admit I absolutely love cheese; foods such as macaroni and cheese are among my all time favorites. The only downside to my love affair with cheese is that it contains a high amount of fat. I try to keep both my and my husband's diet relatively healthy so I have purchased several brands of light cheddar cheese. Unfortunately, every time I tried brands such as Belight I was sorely disappointed with the overall product and especially the taste. The taste of the light cheddar would be as bland as chewing on a piece of cardboard. However, one day while watching television I saw a commercial for Cathedral City Mature Lighter, which boasted 30% less fat. I was skeptical, but when I was shopping online at Tesco it was on special offer and I decided to give it a shot.
I am very pleased to say that Cathedral City Mature Lighter is not at all like those other brands I tried, it tastes great! If I had never seen the package the cheese had come in I would have thought I was eating regular full fat cheddar. As soon as you open the bag you see the cheese has a lovely pale yellow hue that lets you know that the product is going to be rich in flavor. The taste is lush and creamy and completely melts in your mouth. Despite a 30% decrease in fat there is absolutely no sacrifice as far as taste goes, the cheese still has that robust flavor of mature cheddar. I use this cheese in my macaroni and cheese recipe and the dish comes out as luxurious as ever. This product is also good grated right on top of a salad or pasta.
Nutrition per 30g Serving:
(of which are sugars) 0.0g
(of which sat) 4.5g
Calcium 288mg (36% RDA)
Cathedral City Lighter comes in two sizes and variations. Tesco sells this product as a 400g block that costs £4.12 or 200g grated for £2.17. I buy the 400g blocks because although buying a pre-grated cheese would save you a bit of time the block saves you a bit of money in the long run. No matter which variety you choose to buy, every cheese comes in a thick red plastic packaging with a resealable top. The label on the packaging suggests using the cheese within 7 days of opening. I often wrap the cheese in an extra layer of clingfilm before returning to the bag to ensure it lasts longer.
The thing I love most about this product is that I can eat delicious cheddar cheese and still be healthy at the same time.