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Ilchester Applewood Smoked Cheddar

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Brand: Ilchester / Type: Cheese

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      31.03.2012 20:53
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      lovely tasty cheese that doesnt break the bank

      I love nothing more than to sit down and chill out in front of the television and get my cheese board out. Im forever trying new cheeses that i see pop up on the market. and although i know applewood smoked chedder isnt exactly new new, but it was a while before i got round to actually buying it.
      Any good supermarket will stock this cheese and as cheeses go is quite reasonably priced. i got my little block in asda for just under two pounds from the deli counter. It came in a wedge type shape wrapped in plastic with a paprika dusting over the thickest end. I was looking forward to getting home and trying this sexy looking bit of cheese !!!

      Made my a company called "Ilchester" the label says "Applewood smoke flavours chedder cheese, dusted with paprika". Now they have not exactly lied because it is made with a "smoke" flavouring but thats not to be confused with the cheese actually being smoked. because it is not. its just a flavouring. But what a difference it makes to boring old chedder.
      Slightly softer than your bog standard chedder it grates extremely well and is lovely on pasta dishes, jacket potato. spag bol etc. or just normal crackers. Although my fave crackers to eat this cheese with are Carrs Table water biscuits as i find the thinness and the crunch of the biscuit compliments this cheese amazingly !

      Word of advice for this cheese (and it does state this on the back of the packet) when you first open this cheese do leave it at room temperature for at least 30 mins. this is so the cheese has a chance to allow its flavour to develop,
      Added ingredients include Paprika and "smoke flavour" but the packaging doesnt go into any more detail on what this smoke flavouring actually is.

      This has ended up becoming one of my most favoured cheeses at the moment and i just cant get enough of it. i would recommend it to any fellow cheese lover out there ,,,,,, ENJOY :)

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      13.12.2009 17:41
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      I love cheese with lots of flavour to it, an obsession that was rather helped along by once working on the fresh cut cheese counter in my local supermarket. One of the cheese I adored was Applewood Smoked Cheddar .


      Lets get the lies out of the way first - the cheese isn't actually smoked, but has smoked flavouring added to the mix, with the outer of the cheese being coated in smoky paprika, giving it an appealing peachy orange hue . The cheese itself is a creamy pale yellow colour, and slices well, although I would comment that the texture is a little softer than your bog standard cheapy cheddar.


      The flavour of the cheese is very strong - strong enough to make me wince a little , and give me a mouth with all the tight wrinkled appearance of a cats bottom . It's not that I don't like it - I do- but this is not a cheese for either eating on it's own or slapping into a sandwich in my personal opinion, the flavour is just too strong to be comfortable in chunks . The texture however is creamy and rich, with a slight soft airiness , and the artificial smoked flavour gives a slightly meaty taste . This is not a cheese where the taste fades quickly, it clings to the teeth and demands attention ages after eating .


      This cheese is perfect grated however . A little bit sprinkled liberally over pasta adds a rich smoky taste. My favourite thing with this is to add it to mashed potato - a very little does go a long way, and spices up mashed potato no end . It is also excellent combined with leek, mash, and smoked haddock in home made fish cakes .

      This is an intensely flavourful cheese - and also a rather calorific one . On my pack, the nutritional info states that per 28g serving, this has 130 calories, and 7g of fat . As with all good cheeses, this should of course be eaten in moderation .

      I like this cheese, but I do find it's flavour to be at times a little overpowering, and therefore for me it is mainly used in cooking, rather than as a board cheese. With that said, the flavour is unique and distinctive - if you try this once, you'll be able to recognise it again whenever you next eat it - something that is actually quite rare in cheeses.

      Prices on this vary, and it is widely available on deli counters where you can have as much or as little as you like. In fact, I would very much recommend trying some at a deli before buying, just in case the flavour is a little too intense for your liking . However, I can usually get a nice sized chunk for a little under £2, and I certainly wouldn't class this as an expensive cheese .


      Overall, four stars . A cheese with an unusual and distinctive flavour, that may be a little overwhelming for some!

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        08.12.2009 23:19
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        Put This On Your Cheese Board!!!

        I love trying new cheese because I think normal Cheddar is dead boring, it comes in blocks as well as the individual squares that come in a net like you can see above. Morrisons sells it on the deli and I think you can also buy it in slices.

        I've got the block and it's a nice creamy looking colour with a sprinkling of paprika on the edge. The smell of it when you open the plastic wrapper is very smoky, it always makes me feel hungry straight away and I can't help myself cutting some off even if I've only gone to grate a bit off for on my spag bol! lol

        The flavour of the cheese is wicked. It's got quite a strong cheese flavour but it's also got a gorgeous smokey taste that makes it a bit meaty tasting. It's mad because it's got such a strong flavour that you wouldn't expect it to go with a lot of other food but I think it's brill.

        It's lovely grated on spag bol and chilli, I had some on a jacket potato last week and it was nice but I don't think the cheese melted very good and the bit that did lost a lot of it's flavour. But then again I had it melted on toast and done under the grill it went lovely and the smoky flavour came out good.

        When you just eat a bit of the cheese its proper creamy, it's got a lovely soft texture that makes it a bit hard to cut into nice thin slices for sandwiches but is delish. I think the texture is more like Edam than Cheddar but it's a lot creamier. I've just had some on Ritz biscuits and the soft cheese goes wicked with the crunchy crackers.

        I'm not sure of the price but it's not very dear, the last one I got was off the deli and I got a good sized piece for about £1.79. It keeps quite well in foil, I put mine into a container too to keep it extra fresh.

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