“ Sainsbury's Quark is a soft cheese that is virtually fat free and therefore great to aid weight loss. Whilst it doesn't taste great on its own, it is versatile and can be mixed with a lot of things. „
My partner made the best lemon cheesecake for a Christmas dessert. So yummy I persuaded him to find alternative ingredients to reduce the calories. Mayor accomplishment! Low fat digestive biscuits, half fat cream and a tub of quark - these lower calorie versions did not take anything away from the taste...I can now eat lemon cheesecake without feeling too guilty!
Quark is a 'virtually fat free soft cheese' which I have started using since I started Slimming World, as it is 'free' meaning you can eat as much of it as you want. Before this I had never even heard of it.
When I started the plan, I bought some in my first weekly shop, but I didn't really know what I was doing with it and I tried a bit on its own (which was pretty awful), left it to go out of date, and threw it in the bin. Since then, I have found some good ways to use Quark, and I now buy it every week in my food shopping.
As I said, Quark is a practically fat free soft cheese. It comes in a round pot and the Quark itself is white in colour and very thick in texture. It looks similar to a normal soft cheese but I would say it is thicker, and not quite as smooth/glossy looking.
Eaten on its own, it tastes quite bland, and is so thick that I found it was practically getting stuck in my throat. However when I have used Quark in cooking, it has been a great ingredient, as it is versatile, low fat, and can turn into a nice creamy sauce.
I would say the idea is to replace anywhere you would normally use soft cheese with Quark as a healthier, lower fat alternative, but I would personally recommend that it can be used to replace other things too.
*Quiche - whisk some Quark in with the egg part of the quiche - this works really well and is MUCH lower fat than using cream (if you use that normally)
*Pasta bake - You can make a pasta bake using fat free natural yoghurt, quark, and egg, mixing with cooked pasta, putting in a dish, sprinkling parmesan on top and baking. It is better than it sounds...You can also try the pasta bake as above but add tuna, onions, courgettes, tomatoes, etc.
*Cheesecake - you can make a lower fat cheesecake by using Quark instead of the soft cheese you would normally use.
There are many other ways in which Quark can be used for cooking - it is a versatile product which takes a lot of experimenting with but really good results can be achieved. Now that I have a few recipes that I have found, I tend to make them pretty much every week, as using Quark can seriously save on the calories.
People who don't mind eating it on its own could use it has a dip (add garlic/herbs or eat alone) or maybe have it spread on crackers.
The Sainsbury's Quark and the normal Quark branded product seem exactly the same to me, both taste and quality wise. Price-wise, I normally pay about 70p - £1 for a 250g tub, depending on offers, and it's about the same price for the Quark branded product too. A 30g serving contains no fat and 21 calories.
I hope this review was helpful for anyone who may have looked at Quark in the past and basically wondered what on earth it was, or for anyone like me who was misunderstood about it at first!
I first came across Quark many years ago, in the 1970's, when visiting Germany as a child. Since then, I have bought it on quite a few occasions, especially when I am trying to be healthy and lose a little weight. All the Quark that I have come across has been produced in Germany. It is a soft cheese that is very low in fat, and is therefore very good for those who want to lose some weight. It is very versatile, and can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. I have found Quark to be really good mixed in with pasta sauces instead of cream or a higher fat cheese. It makes the sauce a lot more thick and creamy, without adding a lot of calories. You could also add a small amount of grated parmesan on top of the pasta and sauce, to add flavour and taste, without a lot of calories. Quark is also good in recipes such as cheese cake, to make a low fat dessert that looks as though it has a lot more calories, and tastes great too. It can also be mixed with herbs, garlic and peppers or sun dried tomato, to make a delicious dip to serve with tortillas and crudites. A sweet option is to mix the Quark with some jam, lemon curd or fruit puree, and spread it on toast. This would save a lot of calories that might be consumed if butter was used instead. Quark usually comes in a 250g tub and costs around 60p. It is widely available in most supermarkets. I have also found that it freezes well.
I dabbled with the Slimming World diet after having my first child but never attended weekly meetings, but in the last couple of months I have been going along each week in an attempt to get rid of those few extra pounds that just linger. The recipes for low fat desserts and meals have been outstanding and I needed to let everyone know about this amazing food that can help you through those sweet toothed cravings without sabotaging your efforts to lose the weight!
Quark can be found with the cheese and yoghurts in the refrigerator aisle of your local supermarket. I buy mine in Sainsburys and it comes in a blue and white tub, 250g, similar in size to cottage cheese. At around 59p this is a little tub of soft cheese that has turned my diet around.
VIRTUALLY FAT FREE. If I say these words to anyone trying to follow a diet of any kind not just Slimming World, they prick up their ears. I did anyway and initially just tried it mixed with Muller Light Yoghurt. It made the yoghurt thicker and creamier and allowed it to have a consistency more like whipped double cream, than runny yoghurt. This made it much better placed to be put on top of chopped up fruit, such as bananas and was a lot more filling, another important factor on a diet.
It says on the tub that Quark is for cooking and indeed I have tried it in savoury and sweet recipes, both requiring cooking and desserts eaten straight away. For savoury meals it adds a creamy taste to the food, such as in stuffed chicken breasts without detracting from the main flavour of the meal. For jacket potatoes I have mixed it into the flesh of the potato and then added mushrooms and other vegetables. The vegetables and potato flavours shine through easily but the Quark means there is no need to add any fattening butter or any cheese really to make the potato soft and creamy.
On its own Quark is absolutely foul in my opinion. It is sharp and tangy and makes you want to suck your cheeks in. I dont think it is meant to be eaten as a food in its own right as I couldnt possibly imagine what you would want to eat it with but as an accompaniment to other foods it brings out the flavours and is an amazing ingredient to replace much more fattening foods like real cream or even white sauces.
I use it mainly in sweet recipes though and this is where it really shines in my opinion. It takes on the flavour of whatever you mix it with, which makes it an ideal host for ingredients that need something else added to make them creamier in consistency and taste. For instance you could add to yoghurt as described above and end up with a thicker, creamier version of whatever flavour the yoghurt is. Or you could whisk in an Options White Chocolate sachet and pile the mixture on top of meringue nests. The meringue is surprising low in fat and coupled with the Quark flavoured with white chocolate you feel as though you have had a real treat.
Another thing I like to do is use it as a topping for my low fat carrot cake. I simply whisk in as much sweetener as I feel is needed to take away the sharp edge to the taste and you have a virtually fat free cream topping that is enough to satisfy any sweet tooth. The consistency is perfect for spreading over a cake such as this as it is thick and soft but holds its peaks if you lifted with a fork.
The versatility of this product is so wide spread that I make sure I always have a pot in the fridge, although you do have to keep an eye on it as the best before date is usually about two weeks in advance. Once opened you need to eat the rest of the pot within three days if being stored in the fridge but I do tend to use either a whole tub or easily eat the rest within three days anyway.
Overall I have nothing bad to say about this little pot of soft cheese and it has come to my rescue countless times when the sweet toothed monster surfaces its ugly head. Slimmers everywhere and also those looking to eat a little healthier could really benefit from this food due to the countless ways to cook with it and add to other ingredients. And as a virtually fat free food it is ideal for me in my continued fight to get rid of that last half stone!
Quark is a soft cheese of mid-European origin. It is white and unaged, similar to cream cheese or cottage cheese.