“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Cheese „
Sainsbury's Basics Mozzarella Cheese Ball
Description: Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Food Type: Cheese
Like so many of us, I ate and drink too much over the festive season and as a result, am now trying to eat healthily in order to lose a few pounds and also, feel less sluggish. Part of this healthy eating regime means replacing junk food with healthy snacks, and cutting back on things like bread (which I could eat quite a lot of, given the opportunity!).
This weekend, I decided that I deserved a little bit of a treat so made bruscetta with pesto and mozzarella cheese. These are really easy to prepare, simply slice french bread, spread both sides with pesto sauce and put slices of mozzarella cheese on top. You can also add chopped parma ham and sun dried tomatoes if you wish. Then pop into a preheated oven for around ten minutes (keep an eye on them as they don't take very long), serve and enjoy!
I love the Sainsbury's Basic range which allows me to save cash by not spending extra on fancy packaging and wrappings. The packaging gets chucked in the bin anyway so why pay more for it. There are loads of really good quality products in the range and while there may be some which are disappointing, there are also heaps which are really good quality and excellent value for money.
This mozzarella cheese cost me £0.48 for 125g, and is shaped like a ball, in liquid which keeps it moist and read to use. It was almost half the price of some of the alternative brands so I thought it was well worth trying.
The packaging is the same as all items in the range, plain white with orange writing and contains the nutritional information on the back.
The cheese was easy to slice and looked and smelled like any other mozzarella. It might not have been quite as tangy as some of the more popular brands but once it was melted on the bruscetta with a sprinkle of fresh black pepper, I genuinely couldn't tell that it was a cheaper brand.
Overall, this cheese was great value for money. It looked and tasted great and I would certainly buy it again. It had a lovely stringy consistency and was moist and chewy. We have since used this cheese in salads too and it has been great, an excellent product from Sainsbury's, well done!
This is mozzarella made from cow's milk rather than water buffalo milk (as in buffalo mozzarella). I think it is fine for using in salads but the gourmets amongst you may disagree. However, I would be surprised if anyone could tell the difference when used on pizza or in a pasta bake. It is a very reasonable price (47p for 125g) for a very reasonable product.
The bonus is that the packaging can be rinsed and recycled in one of the plastic bag recycling bins at the larger Sainsbury's stores. Sainsbury's seem to be doing this with a lot of their own-brand food now and it is definitely a step in the right direction. It seems only right that supermarkets and manufacturers should have to deal with waste packaging rather than consumers. Maybe it will encourage them to reduce unnecessary packaging. However, you do have to read the packaging quite carefully in order to find out that it can be recycled. I am sure lots of people don't notice.
The disadvantage with this mozzarella is that it is made in Germany. This may not necessarily mean more CO2 emissions from transportation but it would be better to support British dairy farmers if possible.