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Lake District Cheese Co. Mature Cumbrian Cheddar

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Brand: Lake District Cheese Co. / Type: Cheese

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      21.05.2010 13:38
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      Strong flavoured cheese, recommended

      I love cheese! Cheese is one of the main reasons why I have gained a few pounds recently. I will happily enjoy it with anything, whether it be pasta bake, a jacket potato or good old fashioned cheese on toast! Because I eat so much of the stuff its important to look out for the best offers when buying it as, as we all know cheese is rather expensive!

      This was on offer a while back in Tesco for either half price or buy one get one free (cant remember which!) so we grabbed a couple of packets. A 400g packet usually retails at about £4 so it is quite pricey.

      Now in our house we will only buy mature cheddar simply because we prefer the flavour. Therefore, when we found this we were confident it would suit our tastebuds.

      Now to eat this, I grated it to put on top of a pasta bake, after I had finished grating the amount I needed I tasted a little (for reviewing purposes you see) and was very happy with the taste that greeted me. The cheese was sharp and had a very strong taste to it. It had a very strong flavour and was satisfying. It also had a lovely texture which was quite firm and solid. It had a lovely flavour and I found myself wanting more!

      It melted very well, I have tried this on both pasta bake and cheese on toast and both times it has ended up looking lovely, not burning and instead bubbling and going a lovely golden brown colour. After it is melted it retains its strong flavour and is a welcome addition to any meal!

      Now as with all cheese this is not very healthy, the only nutritional information given is per 100g which of course is far too much for a portion as it is a quarter of the block! But anyway, 100g contains 416 calories, 34.9g fat (21.7g saturates) and 1.9g salt. However, cheese is a very good source of calcium!

      The cheese had a good date on it however, they do recommend that you eat it within 7 days of opening which is not a problem in our house.

      We really enjoyed this cheese and will certainly be buying it again as it is fantastic quality and tastes lovely. The only downside is the price but all cheese is expensive and this can often be found on special offer. If you are a fan of the seriously strong range then I recommend you give this a go.

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        09.02.2010 19:39
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        Brilliant cheese I had not heard of before

        I saw this on offer in Morrisons around a week and a half ago- it was half it's usual price- reduced to a modest £1.89 for a 400g block. As I am fond of Mature Cheddar and hail from the Lake District originally, I thought I would give this a try.

        You get a puce coloured plastic pouch with a zip lock resealable closure exactly as pictured to keep your cheese in whilst it is in the fridge and I find these really do save on food bags and keep your cheese from going hard. The resealable closure strip lasted for the entire life of the cheese and it closed every time and opened without too much tugging on the pack.

        I had never heard of this cheese before nor had I heard of the Lake District Cheese Company so this product intrigued me. Inside the puce wrapper (over-use of the word puce as I co-incidentally looked up "puce" on google last week to check what colour it actually is, so now I know I can use the word where it crops up!), you get a pale yellow block of cheese.

        The cheese is very dense which means it cuts easily and does not crumble or fall apart if you try to cut a thin slice. I love quite thinly cut cheese on crackers, so I was pleased it held its shape as a lot of cheeses (wensleydale is the worst) just fall into pieces when you cut them thinly. With this, you can cut very very thin slices and it will keep its shape. The cheese has very small holes in it that you notice when you slice it. This just adds to the fact it is not a processed cheese- it is not rubbery like some cheeses can be.

        This cheese is magnificent. It is a good strong mature cheddar- it is a white coloured cheese and it just tastes like you want a mature cheese to taste. It has a nice after taste and is not pungent to the point of unpleasant as I find Double Gloucester cheese to be. It does not stink your fridge out, but it packs a good punch. I cannot think of anything I did not like about this cheese. It was not too strong, but it was miles stronger than Pilgrims Choice mature cheddar and also stronger than cracker barrell.

        Nutritionally:
        Per 100g: 416 calories, 25.4g protein, 0.1g carbohydrate, 34.9g fat (of which 21.7g is saturdated fat). Per 100g also gives you 92% of the RDA of calcium.

        400g is a good sized block- I have bought large rectangular blocks of cheese in a similar shaped re-sealable bag before only to find the bag is much larger than the cheese and the cheese was only 200g cut thin but wide to create the illusion you were getting more than you were.

        Overall where I see this cheese again, I will definitely buy it. I found it lovely to eat on crackers and it goes brilliantly with pickles! If I see it on offer, that will be a bonus but I would even consider paying full price for this ocassionally as it really is that good.

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