“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Cheeses „
One thing that I just can't do without is cheese. For me it's my chocolate, I'm definitely more of a savoury girl than a sweet girl!! The other day we decided to shop in Sainsburys rather than our usual Tesco as we had vouchers and we needed to go into town. Going down the cheese and milk aisle I looked for my usual choice but saw there was an offer of 2 for £2.50. The other cheese I opted for was the white stilton with apricots. I quite like fruit with cheese and this seemed a nice change.
*** White Stilton ***
For me being pregnant I cannot eat normal stilton but white stilton has not had the penicillium roqueforti mould put in the cheese which gives it the blue veining so I am safe to eat it. Stilton can only be made within three counties; Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire and made with in accordance with a strict code. If a stilton is produced in any other county then it isn't true stilton. White stilton is commonly put with dried fruits such as apricots, mango and ginger.
*** Packaging ***
The cheese is already pre-cut and is housed in a triangular shaped clear plastic contain which has a plastic lid which can be peeled off easily. On the front of the packet there is a label which depicts a bowl of apricots and the rest is see through so you can see the cheese. Each pre-packed piece of cheese weighs 200g.
*** The Cheese ***
When I first opened the cheese I noticed that there was a lack of smell to it at all. Normally when you open stilton you get an instant strong smell but not so with white stilton! On cutting the cheese I found that it was incredibly soft (despite it being in the fridge) and was not what I expected from a stilton. I had expected something soft but a bit more crumbly but as it was going to be eaten it's hardly an issue I just didn't expect it being so soft. However, spreading it onto a cracker or crusty bread is easy as the cheese is soft and easily spread but I'm guessing this is down to the creaminess.
So far the white stilton didn't have a crumbly nature but was it going to be creamy which is another characteristic of the cheese! Well I have to say it was quite creamy but not creamy enough to make it a bit a sickly. The texture of the cheese is soft and smooth but again even when eating you couldn't get a distinctive taste of stilton whatsoever. I may well of been eating a very mild cheddar for all I knew as it had hardly any taste whatsoever. However, unlike blue stilton white stilton does taste quite fresh, even if mine has come out of a packet. I think the white stilton is so mild is because it isn't left to age as long which obviously means a more mild taste.
As for the apricots there is plenty within the cheese and they are in small sized pieces throughout the cheese and you can definitely taste these when you eat the cheese. They are soft and sweet and compliment the mild, creamy cheese perfectly. I did however find that a few pieces of the apricots which were on the outside of the cheese had turned dark orange and rock hard! To be precise Sainsburys use 20% of apricots which is a fair amount within a 200g piece of cheese.
*** Nutritional Information ***
Per 30g serving:
Calories - 104
Protein - 3.8g
Fat - 7.2g
Fibre - 0.3g
Sodium - 0.11g
So the cheese isn't exactly the healthiest but then it should be eaten in moderation as most cheeses should be.
*** Price ***
The cheese is only available at Sainsburys and costs £1.50 which I think is a good price for a cheese which weighs 200g.
*** Overall ***
I will finish the rest of the cheese to save wastage but I don't think I will be buying it again as the white stilton lacked a strong flavour. I like its creaminess but it had a really mild taste which is too mild for my liking. I did however enjoy the apricots and they go well with the cheese. I'd recommend to anyone who likes a mild cheese.