“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cheeses „
To be honest, I had never really eaten much cottage cheese up until last year. It was only when I started a diet, and my Mum advised me to have cottage cheese instead of Cheddar on my jacket potato that I came across it. I always like to try new things so thought it would be worth a bash. Upon first trying it, I wasn't that keen as let's be honest, it doesn't really compare to Cheddar. However, I persevered with it as I realised how good it was for me and it is now one of my favourite things to eat.
Tesco light choices cottage cheese comes in 300g tubs which are plastic. The tub is mostly white with a different coloured strip running along the top of the tub, depending on the flavour inside i.e. green for chive flavour and yellow for cottage cheese with pineapple. The lid is a clear plastic lid and the tub also has a foil cover over it which easily peels off.
A 300g tub only costs £1.40 which I think is really good value for money. They also do a 650g tub which costs £1.75. The flavoured cottage cheese, such as with pineapple and with chives are slightly more expensive with a 300g tub costing £1.45.
The Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese has a quite bizarre texture. It is creamy, with clots of the cottage cheese in a thin white liquid. Upon first opening the tub, I find that the clots have separated slightly from the liquid so I find that stirring the contents makes the texture more suitable for eating.
Taste wise, it is difficult to explain, it tastes creamy but also slightly sour at the same time, although not unpleasantly so. Obviously there is a slight taste of cheese but this is more like an underlying hint rather than a full on flavour.
Cottage cheese is actually a very versatile product and can be used in a manner of different ways. I most commonly use mine as a filling for a jacket potato along with baked beans. I also like to include cottage cheese in my salad dishes so I can eat it alongside my salad which makes it more enjoyable and also cuts out the calories of using a salad dressing. Another meal I like to have involving cottage cheese is a jacket potato filled with garlic mushrooms, but I cook the garlic mushrooms in a serving of cottage cheese - this makes a nice cheesy sauce to accompany the mushrooms and it is also healthy.
I also cut up pieces of veg such as carrots, celery and cucumber and use them for dipping into the cottage cheese. These are great as a healthy snack and can easily be taken into work.
Cottage cheese can also be used instead of cream cheese in things such as lasagne, pasta sauces and cheesecake - this helps to massively cuts down on calories.
Finally cottage cheese can also be used in sweet recipes such as pancakes although I have no actually used it for nay such recipes to date.
Per 60g serving (5 servings per pot):
Fat (saturates): 0.9g (0.5g)
So as you can see from the stats this is a very good nutritional product, especially as it has a 65% reduction in fat from the normal cottage cheeses. It also contains no hydrogenated fat, is a brilliant source of calcium and is suitable for vegetarians.
I would highly recommend this product, especially for anyone dieting or trying to be healthier with their food. I would advise you to persevered of you are not keen the first time you try it, as I wasn't either but now I thoroughly enjoy it. I like the fact that one product has so many uses and find that it is a good product to have in a fridge, purely because you can use it to accompany so many different meals.
Cottage Cheese is always a staple in our fridge but this week we tried Tesco's Light Choices (I think there's been a recent name change of their healthier range of products). At around 80p it's good value and is always good to have in even if it's just for serving with celery.
Packaging: Like most Cottage Cheese products this comes in a little pot containing 300g. There's a foil lid to keep it fresh and on top of this a plastic lid which is quite secure to ensure it stays fresh after the foil lid has been removed.
Appearance: Like all Cottage Cheese I have to admit this doesn't look particularly nice, a bit like lumpy milk if I'm honest. I did notice though that when tilting the tub there wasn't a huge amount of excess water which has put me off other brands of Cottage Cheese.
Taste Test: This is where Tesco Light Choices Cottage Cheese really excels, it's really tasty and although it isn't particularly cheesy as such it's definately very creamy and is quite filling for something that is very low fat. Many Cottage Cheese brands are very bland but this definately holds it's flavour especially when served with plenty of black pepper or a handful of chopped chives. The great thing about it is also that it's so versatile, great for snacks like crackers or equally delicious served up on a jacket potato.
Nutrition: Per 60g (1/5th of the pot):
There is 1 Weight Watchers point per 60g.
65% less fat than standard Tesco Cottage Cheese.
As you can tell it's a great this to use to add flavour to things without adding lots of calories too.
Conclusion: Tesco Light Choices Cottage Cheese is one of the best I've tasted and I will definately be buying it again, it's nice and creamy and filling meaning it can be used with lots of different things. The price isn't bad at all perhaps marginally cheaper than similar products but for a lot more flavour and obviously a lot better for you too!
I love Cottage Cheese, especially when I'm on one of my healthy eating kicks - its filling and satisfynig, and excellent in a baked potato . No shock to anyone in my household then when I came home with a tub of this from the supermarket the other day .
It comes in a 300g tub costing just 78p, a very reasonable price as this is enough to easily fill two or three large jacket spuds more than generously. The tub is a simple blue and white design, with all the relevant nutrition and ingredient information easy to find .
I actually find cottage cheese hard to describe - in appearance, it looks very much like milk that has simply gone too far - white with lumpy bits. It's not a stunning, visually appealing food to look at really. Luckily, I buy food to eat rather than to look at, and it tastes much nicer than it looks, although as it does tend to seperate so give it aq quick stir before serving.
The cheese has a distinctive creamy, tangy, and ever so slightly sour taste . There is a slight cheesy flavour to it - nothing like a cheddar, perhaps a hint of the saltiness of Feta . It's perhaps a little bland , but can easily be livened up with a few herbs or a scattering of raisins.
I serve mine inside a jacket potato, or as part of a mixed salad plate, but I know there are a few more inventive uses for it - I even know someone who makes cheesecake with it - but I haven't tried any of those .
Per 60g, this contains just 48 calories and 0.9g of fat . Thats great from a nutritional point of view, but even better is the fact that it really is quite filling I find, and a potato filled with this keeps me full and happy for a very long time .
Overall, a very recommended product - low in fat, quite tasty, very filling, and a great source of calcium too .
4 stars - one knocked off because occasionally it does need tarting up a bit .
I cannot believe that I only properly tried cottage cheese for the first time a month ago. We made it once in school and then it sort of disappeared from my memory! A trip to Tesco revived my interest in it and I thought it would be worth trying it.
The cottage cheese I bought was a 'light choices' cheese, the packaging looks a bit different to the one here, but the cheese is essentially the same. You can buy it in two sizes. A small pot which will cost you about 70p or a larger pot which costs £1.49. I have tried both sizes and prefer the small one, as I cannot seem to get through the bigger pot within a few days of opening it!
What is it like then?
Cottage cheese is wet, sticky and pliable, I would describe it has a cross between Philadelphia, Brie and latex. The texture is most odd and it feels grim if you stroke it. It actually makes me shudder a bit! So, let's not stroke the cheese. The cheese is very moist and you will notice it sits in a runny cheesy liquid. It is quite watery and this can over saturate crackers or krispbreads if you get too much of the watery mixture on your spoon or fork.
The taste is great though. It is mild without being bland, yet tastes alluring and farmhouse fresh. It leaves no tangy aftertaste, but a smooth creamy sensation around the throat. I like to let it slide around my teeth, as it feels really seductive and light.
The cheese is an ideal partner for crackers. I favour water biscuits, which absorb the delicate flavours of the cheese superbly. The trick is to pile on a small dollop of cheese and possibly dress further with a bit of celery or fruit.
A pot should be eaten within three days of opening, which does not give much time to consume, but it's a great source of protein and a neat idea for an evening snack.
I know so many people don't really like cottage cheese and either refuse to eat it or just tolerate it for dieting purposes, so this may sound quite bizarre but I actually really like cottage cheese. What is more, I don't like the full fat versions as these taste much too rich to me. Therefore Tesco Light Choices Cottage Cheese is almost always present in my fridge.
Tesco Light Choices is my favourite cottage cheese because of the flavour and texture. It is quite creamy without being too strong and it's just a little bit sour which I like. It also lacks the artificial taste that you get from some cottage cheeses and is all natural. The texture is great with large curds and very little watery liquid between them.
Each 60g serving has only 48 calories (although I find this serving size too small, personally), contains no hydrogenated fat, is a great source of calcium and is suitable for vegetarians. Each serving is worth 1 weight watcher's point.
It comes in 300 gram pots for 78p (these are often on special at 2 for £1.50) and make a great meal accompaniment on their own or else in much larger 650 gram pots for £1.45. As I eat so much of this I always buy the larger pots as these represent slightly better value if you're sure you will finish it all before the use by date.
I often eat cottage cheese with a big salad as I have done today and find it goes realy well with salad stuff, especially beetroot, carrots, lettuce and tomatoes. Otherwise I will have a few spoonfuls of it as a snack as soon as I get home from work in order to tide me over until I can get dinner made. Or I will have a bit of cottage cheese in the afternoon with a clementine or a banana.
You can even cook with it. There are many recipes out there but my favourite is for cottage cheese pancakes. You can google for this recipe as there are many versions out there. My favourite version also contains grated apple - a recipe for it is here:
The cottage cheese makes the pancakes fluffy and light and you eat them with a little bit of maple syrup - delicious.
While cottage cheese may be an acquired taste due to its quite plain flavour and lumpy texture, I have always liked it and think it is a great healthy alternative to high-fat hard and soft cheeses, buit one which still tastes good.
Tesco healthy living cottage cheese comes in 300g plastic tubs, which, contrary to the picture above, is white with a thin stripe of blue around the side (yellow for pineapple flavour, green for chive and onion), a translucent plastic lid, and pealable foil cover underneith.
Cottage cheese is most commonly used as a sandwhich filling, but can also be eaten on a jacket potato or crumpets (though the combination of hot and cold can be strange). I have also noted it being blended until smooth in recipes and used in lasagnes, other types of pasta and cheesecakes as an alternative to cream cheese or cheese sauce, but it does diminish the flavour a little.
*Flavour and texture*
This cottage cheese has the usual separated texture, with slightly grainy white lumps and thin liquid surrounding (it often requires a stir before using as the liquid separates).
I ate my cottage cheese in a sandwich. The flavour was, in my opinion, appalling. Because of its low salt and fat content compared to other cottage cheeses, this version tastes wateryand more sour than usual. In order to finish my sandwich, I put salt in it, and it actually tasted much better, though still not as good as normal cottage cheese.
The flavoured versions of Tesco cottage cheeses definitely pack more flavour so would be a better choice to mask the lack of flavour in this one. Some crunchy, sweet pineapple or herby chives and onions would certainly be an improvement.
Per 60g serving (5 servings per pot):
Fat (saturates): 0.9g (0.5g)
Nutritionally, this is a very good product, but the 65% reduction in fat from normal Tescos cottage cheese, in combination with the amount of salt results in a 95% reduction in flavour. Personally I would choose to have an extra 0.6g of fat and sprinkle of salt in each portion rather than suffer!
This Natural flavour is cheaper than others at 75p compared to £1.07 for pineapple or chive and onion flavours, so I suppose you could chuck some other flavours in your sandwich yourself and save some pennies.
This is one for hardcore dieters. I am all for low fat alternatives (as often you can get used to them over time, for example when switching from semi to skimmed milk, or taking sugar out of your tea), but this is a step too far for me.
I seem to have been on a diet most of my adult life - obviously without much effect but I do try by choosing low calorie versions of food products I like. Although can't really imagine that anyone not watching their weight eats much cottage cheese at all! I buy the light choices version of Tesco's cottage cheese - in this the plain version as well as the one with pineapple and the one with chives and honestly think there is no discernible difference between them and their "full fat" varieties.
The pots claim to contain 70% less fat the standard version but as it contains just 1.8g of fat per 100g then the full fat version is also extremely low in fat. But this isn't the sort of diet food where it has been pumped full of artificial sweeteners so seems fine to go with the low fat version and save even more calories as no sacrifice is being made in taste. Perhaps it would matter if you were cooking with it but I eat it on baked potatoes and on crackers and its fine.
The cheese itself doesn't separate too much so there isn't much in the way of water floating on top when you open it. The cottage cheese looks attractive, bright white in colour and is quite thick and heaps up well on a cracker and tastes pretty creamy.
There are only 270 calories in a whole 300g pot of this cheese which makes it an excellent low calorie meal filling. It costs £1.07 per pot although currently Tesco have an offer if you buy 2 pots at a time. I prefer the pineapple version which contains a reasonable rather than overpowering amount of fruit.