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      27.05.2010 19:37
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      I love this cheese!

      I will admit to being thoroughly impressed with Sainsburys Basics Full Flavoured Cheddar.

      My girlfriend is French and is therefore obsessed with two things; wine and cheese! Invariably we have 4 or 5 different cheeses on the go at any one time, usually the stronger ones (Roquefort, Gorgonzolla and Stilton for example). While I like these cheeses as well, I really think that Cheddar is up there with the best the cheese world has to offer.

      Sainsburys Basics Full Flavoured Cheddar is a great cheese that combines value and flavour superbly. It has a sharp, full flavour and is absolutely awesome when melted on brown toast.

      Cheese is sold by weight, so the price you pay depends on the size of the piece you buy. At only £5.98 per kilo, Sainsburys Basics Full Flavoured Cheddar is a real bargain. Cheese snobs may turn their nose up at a supermarket own brand cheese but I would recommend it whole heartedly!

      Cheese isn't the healthiest food in the world, but I would say that Sainsburys Basics Full Flavoured Cheddar is about par for the course in terms of nutritional content. With 123 calories and a whopping 10g of fat per 30g serving, it's best to enjoy it in moderation when possible.

      My in-laws are coming to stay this weekend and I will be trying to encourage them to swap their brie for some Sainsburys Basics Full Flavoured Cheddar. To be honest I think Cheddar can hold its own with the best cheese in the world and for the price Sainsburys Basics Full Flavoured Cheddar is a very decent offering indeed.

      4 out of 5!

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      01.04.2010 09:13

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      Continuing the reviews about my cupboards we have had a block of this in the fridge for the last few weeks. We like the odd bit of Cheese for a Sandwich, or grilled to make Cheese on Toast. I don't think you have to buy brand name to get a good taste, but I guess sometimes more expensive Cheeses taste a bit more flavoursome without being too strong.

      You can get this in different sized packs, or if you go to the Cheese counter in our local Sainsbury's you can get bigger blocks. After looking at the pack I see that this costs £6.10 per kilo, but the pack size we got was £1.55 which is basically 250g. This size is a good enough block for us to make use of with sandwiches, and toasties and the wife uses some for a pasta Bake that she makes.

      The pack isn't anything exciting. It is just the vacume packed wrapper that you get with Cheese. You can see through the pack and see the Orange colour. The label just advises of ingredients and nutritional information.

      This tasted quite strong, and it was tangy and that bit overpowering in a way, but I just put that bit less in my toastie and put more pickle and onions in it. This melted well enough and was a nice enough strong tasting Cheddar.

      A good buy and a little goes a long way with this one.

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      21.03.2010 21:04
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      overall i love this cheese and its what i buy weekly.

      We do tend to eat a large amount of cheese in our house. We either have it on toast in a sandwich or cooked in our main meal. As we do eat a lot of cheese the price really does play a part in which cheese we purchase. I've found the best priced full flavour cheddar is the Sainsbury's basic. Depending on what size block you purchase will depend on the price you pay, as it is done by the weight of the cheese. So it is worth having a good hunt in the fridge in Sainsbury's for the right size and price for you.
      The most recent full flavour Sainsbury's basic cheddar we purchased was priced at £4.52 for 0.883KG. Each 30grams serving provides 9.2 grams of fat, 0.6grams of salt and 110 calories.
      This cheese does have a slight rubbery taste and feel to it but I like it that way. It is not as flavourful as cheese's such as cathedral cheddar. But it has got a great taste.
      This cheese is suitable for vegetarians.
      The cheese come is a plastic packaging with a label attached to the front with the Sainsbury's logo across the top, details of the cheese and nutritional information. On the top right hand corner of the label is the Sainsbury's wheel, this contains all the nutritional info. From this wheel I know that this cheese isn't the worse for you but also isn't the best. It has 4 orange slices which means its ok and one green which means it's good for you. As the packaging is not re-sealable, make sure you keep it in an air tight container or a sandwich bag to insure that is does go hard and nasty.
      This cheese may not be for everyone but I like it and it melts so nicely on top of pasta or your toast. I think it's worth a try if you manage to save yourself a few pennies and enjoy the taste of this great full flavoured cheese.

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        25.01.2010 20:05
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        Just as good as the more expensive brands

        I've been using Sainsbury's Basics Full Flavour Cheddar since it first came out, having prior to this forked out £4+ for a standard sized block of cheese from the more popular named brands of cheese.

        Just as the Basics range started hitting the shelves I hit a revelation that I needed to be budgeting more with food and saw Sainsbury's basics full flavour cheddar in a huge block for a ridiculously low price and decided I'd give it a try.

        I didn't expect to like it having tried other brands of Cheddar, not necessarily cheaper brands, and been disappointed, with some having a distinctly tangy taste while others had a really off-putting smell. On trying this cheddar however, I came to the conclusion that price doesn't always equate to quality as I was instantly hooked. The real test was my partner and daughter however, as we are real full flavour cheddar addicts, but they like me have been hooked ever since.

        I can honestly say that this is a really good value cheese with a really good taste. The only downside is that you'll probably scoff your way through more of it as it's so tasty and end up blowing the budget on more.

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          18.01.2010 20:13
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          Well worth trying

          Sainsbury's Basics Full Flavour Cheddar

          Description: Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Cheese


          For anyone who haven't read my earlier reviews, let me begin by explaining my feelings on the no frills supermarkets ranges which are expanding all the time. I really like the fact that I can save money by not paying for fancy packaging (which just goes in the bin anyway!) and have recently become a convert to this excellent way of saving cash.

          I have tried quite a few different things over the last few months from the Sainsbury's Basics range and for the most part, have been really pleased by the quality. Of course there have been a few which have been a bit of a let down, but there have also been several which have surprised me by being really good.

          The cheese costs £5.98 per kg which is less than half the price of some of the competing brands and comes in plain white packaging with orange writing (like all items in the Basics range) There are varying sizes of the cheese for sale, so you can select a smaller or larger piece depending on how much you need.

          The cheese is a soft orange colour and has a nice tangy cheesy smell which smells natural and appealing. It is extremely easy to slice or grate as it is quite soft. It also doesn't fall apart when you are cutting it which is great as I find that really annoying!

          This is a full flavour cheddar but it isn't as strong as some kinds of mature cheddar so is a good choice for someone who likes the flavour to be pronounced without being overpowering. It has a nice creamy consistency and melts well too making it perfect for cheese on toast (with Lea and Perrins of course!) or cheese sauce etc.

          This cheese is the perfect middle ground between mild and strong cheddar or me, and has a strong enough taste o be great on its own or as part of a meal. If you haven't tried it yet then I definitely recommend that you give it a try and see what you think - well done Sainsbury's!

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          26.11.2009 16:51
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          One area where I'm a bit of a food snob is cheese - and there are usually two or three different kinds in my fridge. My favourites are soft and creamy french cheeses or incredibly strong speciality cheddars, which are delicious, but rather expensive .

          There are certain circumstances where good cheese is wasted though - for example on the tastebuds of my 6 year old daughter, who heaps great big handfuls of the stuff onto backed potato. So, I do buy the cheaper own brand cheddars if I know I'm going to be using it where a nicer brand would be a waste .

          These cheese is available in several different sized packets, but essentially works out at 5.98 per kg, whereas Davidstow Mature Cheddar, my favourite, works out at 9.56 per kg. Quite a large price difference there, so you'll see why I like to keep my favourite as a treat.

          Well, this cheese isn't particularly exciting- a pale yellow colour, wrapped in the normal uninspiring basics colours, as you can see in the top left . It slices fairly easily, although it does tend to stick to the knife a little, and will crumble occasionally . It also grates pretty well.

          Taste-wise , despite it's full flavour claim, I can't say it's particularly mature - but then I like cheese with a real bite to it . It's not unpleasant though, a mellow creamy flavour with just a tiny kick , and it's actually rather good on a baked potato , or melted on toast.

          My daughter really likes this cheese, and is happy to have a couple of slices on crackers as a snack. For me, I still prefer a higher quality more flavoursome cheese, but as a budget stand in this is perfectly acceptable, and certainly in cooking provides better value .

          Per 30g serving there are 123 calories, with 10.3 g of fat . Thats a lot of fat, but it's not a shocking amount for a cheddar, and there are certainly worse offenders out there .

          Overall, I would recommend it . If your budget will stretch to a really nice cheese you can savour, then go for the better quality product every time, but if money is tight, this cheese is perfectly nice . Not amazing, but nice, and nice is good too .

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          26.11.2009 11:02
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          Cheeeeeeeeeeeese!

          My mum brought this cheese from Sainsburys because she had been told how good it was and a big block was a lot cheaper than buying Cathedral City.

          I have tried it a few different ways now and have to say that some ways it's delish, but other ways it's mega bland and a bit rubbery tasting. When you cook with it the cheese is fine, it hasn't got a very strong taste even though on the wrapper it says it's full flavoured but grated onto a jacket potato it's as yummy as any other cheese. I also made some pastry cheese straws with it the other day and they came out good, I used a bit more cheese than it said in the recipe to make sure they had a nice flavour though.

          When we've run out of cheese I'll occasionally have this on a sandwich with some pickle but to be honest it's not tasty enough for that really and the sandwiches are always proper bland made with this.

          The texture of it is a bit rubbery but it slices nice without crumbling all over the place. I think it's a bit like Edam with the texture but not as soft. This cheese isn't that consistent though and sometimes it's a lot more rubbery than other times, it must be how it's made because the use by date is always about the same length of time every time we buy it.

          Talking about Edam, my mum brought shedloads of cheese for the cheese board last Xmas but forgot the most important one, the cheddar. She'd got some of this in the fridge so put it on there just in case anyone fancied it, and EVERYONE there said what nice Edam it was! lol We stayed quiet and let them think she'd actually got hold of a block of Edam that didn't taste of mildly sweaty socks! pmsl!

          I didn't know how much this cost because I've never personally brought it, but I've just looked on the Sainsburys website and it's mega cheap compared to Cathedral City. This Full Flavour Cheddar costs £5.98 per kg and Cathedral City is £9.62 per kg, so if you like this your bank account will love you for it!

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            19.10.2009 14:42
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            Worth the Money - A great find!

            I used to get this cheese when I was a student, but for reasons which I cant remember, i stopped when I packed up the books and moved on to more expensive brands. However, as my housemate and I were hosting a mexicam party recently, and serving a menu that used tonnes of cheese, we bought this to try and keep costs down a bit. Anyhow, I was reminded of how good value this cheese actually is. Unlike some of the other basics range cheeses at other supermarkets, this cheese does excactly what it says on the pack, it does have a good strong flavour and tastes very mature - which means that it is in fact economical to get this product as I dont understand the point of mild cheese, you just end up eating twice as much!

            I would defintely recommend you try this - it is a good strong cheese with a rich mature and creamy taste, it isnt quite as nice as some of the leading brands such as cathedral city - but at a fraction of the cost - it is a good buy, espeically for recipies that call for cheese in large amounts!

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              05.08.2009 19:33
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              A budget Cheddar cheese that tastes great with a little extra flavour.

              When it comes to cheese our family have pretty simple tastes; a couple of slices of cheddar in our cheese and ham sandwich, or a little sprinkled over a couple of pieces of toast for a simple toastie will do for us. We don't often veer far from the good old cheddar flavour as it is quite simply very tasty cheese. So with this in mind I usually buy the value brands from the supermarket. Sainsbury Full Flavour cheddar is often on that list.

              The cheese comes in very roughly two sizes, I guess the way it is made or cut means that it can only be approximately sized by weight. The small ones tend to be around £1.50 and the large approx £3 and above. The cheese costs £5.98 per Kilo so you choose your weight.

              The packaging is the standard Sainsbury value range so no frills there. I will not give you a list of ingredients and nutritional info as it is a cheese, so try not to eat too much as the fat content is of course high.

              I find the flavour fuller than standard cheddar, as you would expect, but not as strong as traditional mature cheddar which I really like too. The texture is smooth and not at all crumbly. If wrapped and kept in an air tight container I find it will last for up to a week after opening.

              Now I had a small victory with my wife recently (I know, a bloke being right, what are the chances?). Basically she told me to just buy the standard cheddar as the kids would find the full flavour too much. I like the full flavour and so bought it anyway in true male stubborn fashion. You can imagine the smug look on my face as both my children devoured the cheesed and almost took their little pinkies with it.

              So in conclusion I can thoroughly recommend this cheese for great value and as a good all rounder, especially for those who like cheddar with a little extra oomph.

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                19.07.2009 16:12
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                cheaper and easy to cut into slices.

                Sainsburys Basic full flavour cheddar Cheese




                Well as Sainsburys is going to be my newest local supermarket i have brought a block of cheese from their basics range to see how i like it.


                Sainsburys basic range offers good quality food in plain rapping to obviously cut down the cost of their products.


                Sainsburys basic range full cheddar cheese costs just below £6.00 for a block that is approximately a kilogram, and that will last me ages.


                Package**********


                The plain see through sealed rapping so that you can see the size of the lump of cheese you are buying inside, and the words cheddar written on the front of the packet (full flavour) barr code and general information of the contents of the cheese.


                The Taste **********
                Although this is a full flavour cheddar, it is not so strong as some others i have purchased, but it is ok, and i did enjoy my lunchtime sandwiches with this cheese inside.



                How i eat my cheddar**********


                I have in a sandwich, love with any kind of onion especially spring onion, and red onion (thats a sweet onion) coloured a sort of red coloured. I also love my sandwiches with mao or salad cream and lettace, cucumber, tomatoes i love. I have wholemeal bread as well as this is my preforance too.


                I also love cheese on toast too, and i have a sandwich toaster too, and i love toasted cheese and onion toasties too.


                The Texture**********


                I did find that the texture of this cheese was quite good, it didnt fall or crumble into bits when i sliced it, and was fairly easy to grate and you could cut this cheese into various thickness of the slices without any problems.


                I like to have a block of cheese in the fridge as then you have always got a little something to put into your sandwiches in reserve, i rap mine in foil to keep it fresh for longer as i find myself personally that cheese tends to sweat if i left it in the original rapping of plastic, and this would cause moulding.


                Not a bad piece of cheese and im all for saving a little bit of money too.


                Thankyou for reading and rating my reviews. xx good luck to you all
                dooyoouers.

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                13.06.2009 00:46
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                Save yourself £'s by switching to this cheese from the Basics range.

                I am not a big cheese eater even though I do really enjoy the stuff, it's the fat content that puts me off and considering I have been on a diet since the year dot it has gradually become a less and less common purchase for me. I only have this block of Sainsburys Basics Full Flavour Cheddar because my daughter accidentally ordered two during her last online shop and rather than going to the effort of sending it back she sent it over for me as I have two of the girls' staying this weekend and they always complain that Nan has never got any of their beloved cheese in the fridge.

                I've used it twice and must say I'm quite impressed. The cheese hasn't got a particularly rich flavour, certainly not compared to my usual Cathedral City, and it's not a mature cheese as I had been expecting from the name of the product. It has however got a pleasant flavour which I find is particularly apparent when used for cheese on toast as I had for my breakfast this morning, the cheese melts beautifully and retains it's sunny golden colour well. The flavours come through very nicely and I think it's especially good when grated and mixed with a beaten egg before grilling on toast, perhaps with a dash of Worcestershire sauce.

                Used for sandwiches this Basics cheese slices well, it doesn't crumble into pieces as the Tesco Value cheese tends to and it was easy to slice the cheese from the block as thinly or thickly as I required. It has a fairly moist consistency which I was surprised about as I have found in the past that cheaper cheese tend to be drier and this affects not only the overall flavour but also the way you need to handle and serve the cheese. I wouldn't say it's particularly creamy, again comparing this cheese to Cathedral City it has a rather bland texture as you're eating but once I've livened my sandwich up with a dollop of spring onion mayo or slices of pickled beetroot then this seems to bring the cheese to life with both the flavour and texture improving no end.

                The price of this cheese is the most surprising thing of all, it's very cheap compared to almost every other cheese in Sainsbury's - with the possible exception of Edam which is generally as cheap as chips wherever you shop. I don't know exactly how much this large block cost, but I have just checked on www.sainsburys.co.uk and the Basics cheese is priced at £5.98 per kilogram whereas Cathedral City is £8.74 for the same weight. Now, I know this cheese just isn't in the same league as it's more expensive counterparts but I must confess it's a very nice cheese indeed and I shall certainly bear it in mind for the next time I need to buy some.

                I almost forgot, I HAVE used this cheese before! I'm a big fat fibber, aren't I? It was for my granddaughter's birthday party last August, I remember buying a block because I needed a lot of cheese to make trays of cheese and pineapple on sticks - they were all eaten so everyone must have enjoyed it as my family are generally a picky lot!

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                  03.02.2009 13:48
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                  A great alternative to wasting expensive cheddar for cheese on toast!

                  For a few weeks now, I have saved a few pretty pennies by purchasing this basic cheddar. It is nothing exciting, it is not a mature cheddar, it is not extremely flavourful (despite its "full flavour" claim). I am not even saying or advocating, that you would serve this as part of a cheese board.

                  An I would certainly guess that you would not enjoy it, served by itself with a chutney. No, In fact I would not recommend it for any of those things at all.

                  However it has been ideal, and is ideal for melting over a jacket potato, or for knocking up a basic cheese and toast, or even for melting into a white sauce to pour over your cauliflower (before grilling it golden).

                  To explain my thinking, as most people know a mild cheddar loses alot of taste and character (what little it has anyway) when it is melted so in these instances, I would see no sense in using an expensive brand cheese, when all your doing is melting it and using it as an ingredient to part of a meal, rather than the star of the meal itself.

                  Other supermarkets do, do a similar product. However I have found the Sainsburys basics variant, to be the best of the bunch and is the one I woud recommend for people to try. It is not the cheapest, but it does weigh in as the best value when you consider its taste.

                  The only disadvantage of note, is having to walk through the supermarket with this basics "brand image" label splashed over the packaging. Rest assured however, you are getting a tasty bargain.

                  So don't be a food snob, go try it.

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                    14.11.2008 16:51
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                    A good, economical cheese to buy if you prefer a milder variety

                    SAINSBURYS "BASICS" FULL FLAVOUR CHEDDAR CHEESE

                    COST: £6.28 per kg

                    NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 30g serving):

                    Calories: 406
                    Kj: 1,700
                    Protein: 25.0g
                    Carbohydrate: 0.1g
                    Fat: 34.4g

                    DIETARY INFORMATION:

                    Suitable for vegetarians

                    ALLERGY ADVICE:

                    Contains cows' milk

                    INGREDIENTS: None given on packaging or website

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                    Sainsbury's "Basics" Full Flavour Cheddar Cheese comes in a clear, sealed plastic package. There is a label on the front which is in the standard Sainsbury's "Basics" design, consisting of a white background, with orange coloured print. On the label is the nutritional and dietary information, manufacturer's details, and advice that the strength of the cheese is No.3 - which is stated to be "medium". There is no ingredients list given anywhere on the wrapping - none on Sainsbury's website either - and though I wouldn't expect there to be many ingredients as it's cheese, it would have been handy to know how much salt the food contains, and what type of fat is used, especially bearing mind it is a bottom-of-the-range product...and a lot of those do tend to bump up on things like salt, "E" additives etc., in order to achieve a palatable flavour.

                    Next to all the other different brands and varieties of cheese available in Sainsbury's chilled section, this "Basics" range of cheddar cheese looks very uninspiring, and not what I'd call in the slightest bit eye-catching. I only happened to notice it because I was specifically looking for as low cost cheese as possible, and once I spotted it, I found the packaging to be so unappealing, that I almost gave up and bought a more expensive cheese. I berated myself though for going entirely by appearances, and reminded myself that you can't judge a book by its cover, so I took the plunge and bought three packs, each weighing varying degrees of marginally over half a kilo (cost: the cheapest pack was £3.21, the middle price was £3.27 and the most expensive was £3.33).

                    After having bought this cheese, I was in two minds as to whether it at the end of the day would have been a good buy, because although I was looking for cheapness, to me a vastly cut-price product is a false economy if it proves to be not nice at best, and totally inedible at worst. I'd rather have (in that case) a little of something expensive, than a lot of something cheap and nasty. I did note that the cheese was only no.3 on the strength table, and I do like my cheese (especially cheddar) to be eye-wateringly powerful, but I thought that it if it was too weak, maybe I could make a cheese sauce with it.

                    The colour of this cheese is a rather pale yellow, not that much darker than the flesh of a peeled banana, and the inside of the plastic wrapping I noticed (on all the packs in the supermarket, plus the three I bought) was smeared with cheese residue. It looked to me as if the cheese packets had perhaps been transported carelessly to have caused that residual film inside the plastic.

                    On opening the pack, there is hardly any distinguishable cheese smell, but if you break off a little taster piece, the texture is rather good - not too waxy, and it has a slight crumbliness. The cheese is OK to chew, and doesn't feel gluey or rubbery, but until you've swallowed it and eaten a bit more, and perhaps a bit more still, the flavour is almost non-existent. The taste kind of creeps upon you in stages, and once the full force of it has hit, though it's nothing special - lacks "bite" - it's not disgusting either.

                    I have, since buying these pieces of Sainsbury's "Basics" Full Flavour Cheddar Cheese, used it for different things and below, I apportion marks out of ten per use for the flavour factor:-

                    1. Quiche = 8/10

                    2. Cauliflower cheese = 6/10

                    3. Sandwich (with no accompaniment) = 4/10

                    4. Cheese on toast = 3/10

                    5. Cheese omelette = 7/10

                    6. Raw on its own, eaten off the knife that has just cut it = 5/10

                    Even though the flavour factor averaged out in the table above to somewhat less than perfect, we do have to bear in mind that it is a "Basics" product, and is considerably cheaper than the more up-market cheeses. Two things in its favour are that it has a very good consistency, and when cooked, it doesn't give off that horrible fatty, oily gunk when it melts - so I'd guess that it's perhaps lower in its fat content than some of the more expensive cheeses overall are.

                    Sainsbury's "Basics" Full Flavour Cheddar is probably ideal for people who prefer a much milder cheese - it isn't tasteless, but it is milder than I personally would opt for, as I like mine to be at least no.5 on the strength grade. So long as you prefer a not quite so strong tasting cheese, then I'd definitely recommend this product, as in the whole scheme of life, the universe and all that's in it, Sainsbury's "Basics" Full Flavour Cheddar is a pretty damned good buy for a very low price.

                    Thanks for reading!

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